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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Glass Letters by Samantha Anne Gensch is a mesmerizing and poignant story that follows Aiden Cooper as he navigates the world of complex relationships, struggling to understand who he is after a devastating breakup with his girlfriend of nearly five years. When Courtney packs her stuff and walks out on Aiden, he is at a loss over what to think of the situation. But Aiden is someone who gets easily hurt, and after one such occasion, even his sister and best friend, Jaxie, can’t get him to pull himself together. As he slowly opens up to his best friend and bar manager, Brett Glenson, he begins to develop strong feelings for Brett. When Jack comes along, Aiden develops a strong friendship with him, even if they mostly see each other only while he is at work. But then Aiden begins to have strong feelings for Jack, too. Can he find a love that can heal the inner wounds he suffers?
This is a compelling story and the author knows how to write about emotions that are real and strong. From the very start of the story, Aiden is presented as someone who is hurt, pathetic, and without a strong sense of self-worth. As the story develops, the reader begins to understand the inner workings of his mind and why he is so deeply hurt. Aiden is a character that the reader can relate to, elaborately developed, and genuinely flawed. There is a sense of pathos that accompanies the narrative as it follows Aiden through situations of embarrassment, shock, and pain — both mental and physical. The Glass Letters is a wonderfully written story with strong LGBTQ themes, a story that deftly explores the sense of belonging and acceptance and a young man's quest to understand himself. Samantha Anne Gensch writes in elegant prose and creates characters that are unforgettable, evolving in real-life situations. The drama is strengthened by the carefully crafted dialogues and they fill every page of this story. It is a delightful read.