Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow, this story just blew me away.
Anyone who follows my reviews knows it ain't easy to get five stars from me, but wow. This one.
This book invokes one of my favourite fiction tropes (view spoiler)[ time travel (hide spoiler)], so yeah—little bit of my catnip there. But for anyone who loves that trope, you know it can be done so horribly wrong...
It’s hard for me to review this book without spoiling everything or being super vague (ie, I love the characterization, the plot and the writer’s style.)
I pretty much loved everything about it, so I’m just going to hit a few highlights for me:
The relationship between Damien and Levi. I could empathize with both sides of the tension-causing situation of that relationship.
Damien working at Crash. Because of the thing.
Damien falling for John, not because he’s falling out of love with Levi, but in addition to. He even fantasizes about a poly relationship, because he cares for both of them. Yeah, it’s a love triangle, which for some people is an instant “nope,” but seriously, it works here.
Damien’s epilepsy and how both Damien and the writer handle it.
The epilogue. Confession, I almost never read epilogues in LGBTQ+ stories, because they’re usually boring and unnecessary—more like the author writing a fan fic of their own work. Which is cool, I’m just not into fan fic. In Welcome to Crash, though, the epilogue is epic and sets a beautiful tone for a hopeful future for all the characters.
This one is definitely going on my “will read again and again” pile.
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