Book Reviews

Between Enzo and the Universe by Chase Connor at Lion Fish Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Forgottenastronauts on 14-January-2020

Book Blurb

f Enzo listed his problems, being single wouldn't be anywhere near the top of the list. It might not even be in the top twenty list of problems that he faces on a daily basis.

His grandmother is dead. His parents are dead. His sister and brother are dead. He has no money. No friends. No job. He's all alone in a country that will always seem strange. Soon, he might not even have a home.

And he's so angry. At life. Himself. God. The universe. Everyone.

Except for the man he sees in the market. Something about the man with the red hair (who only speaks English) tells Enzo that the universe might not be completely against him for once.

'Between Enzo & the Universe' is a story about a boy who emigrates from France with his family to Canada in the hopes that a better life might be found. Enzo arrives in Canada as a boy with a happy, healthy family...and ends up a young man with no one left in the world. How does the universe apologize for that?

Book Review

This was more than just a book to read. It was an entire experience!

Told solely from Enzo’s point of view, chapters alternate between his past and the current day/night that he spends with Peter, a man he meets by chance shopping for a new coat. The few hours spent together affect both of their trajectories forever. Each one giving more of themselves than ever before to the other; trust, the potential for a better life, and hope bloom as the time they share passes.

I loved so many things about the story, but the writing was phenomenal. The storytelling was done in a style that made me want to keep flipping the pages until there was nothing left, then start it all over again. From Enzo’s contraction-free, broken English to Peter’s ability to understand his limits, I felt like I was part of the story, sitting with them, eating donuts and candy all night under the stars.

I think this is a book that will stay with you, both for the writing and the way you will fall in love with Enzo and Peter entirely.





DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Lion Fish Press for the purpose of a review. This review was first published on Gay Book Reviews.

Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 304 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-January-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $25.99 hardcover
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