Everybody But Us de Ben Rose

de Ben Rose - Género: English
libro gratis Everybody But Us


Ben Rose Publisher: Oracle BookArt, Year: 2024

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Sweet Jesus!!! I bawled my eyes out and laughed until I dang near peed myself.
From Hunts Point to Harlem, The Bowery to The Battery, Rockaway Beach to Radio City, the author knows my city it was his own.
Every line feels authentic, and he is clearly an Ally to the LGBTQ+ community.
I worried going in that a straight white old man writing about teen girls who hapoen to be bi wasn't going to work.
It works!!! However he does it, the author has full understanding of that world. He has totally captured the homeless experience (I was a homeless teen in the city for many years). He understands alcoholism. Even the fight scenes made me hurt I'd been kicked downstairs.

I highly recommend reading this.5 s Nancy LiPetriAuthor 7 books69

I didn’t expect this heartbreaking story to leave me with a smile, but in the end, I was glad for what the main character, Destiny, learned and conquered. It reads a bit a diary: a raw and honest account of tough days and growth. Takes you on a walk in the shoes of a bisexual teen who is banished from her home by religious zealots and struggles to survive on the streets while sorting out who she was born to be, as we all do on one level or another. It reveals how personality is affected by hurt and desperation, vulnerability, hunger, fear…how ingenuity and ability to love and to trust are affected by abuse and abandonment. I recommend this eye-opening novel to anyone who has ever been tempted to judge another person sitting on a sidewalk, holding a hat out to you. 5 s Penelope-Rae Jackson14 1 follower

The author is one of the most talented writers I have read in the last decade. He's also undisciplined and erratic. He's extremely gifted, in an erratic sort of way. He's reminiscent of the beat writers. He does it with gut instinct instead of discipline and technique.
And that very thing is what makes this novel so off the charts great. Here is a raw and fresh talent in a world of stale pretenders.
This story captures the essence of being a bi-homeless-chick in the sprawling and at times unsavory realms of The five burroughs known as New York City. That is amazing as the author identifies himself in various venues as a cisgendered heterosexual. That he has done extensive research on his subjects is evident.
This book should be in every High School classroom and read by Freshman psychology classes in universities.

Please order a copy and read it.

If I have any complaint it is that physical copies are only available through the publisher. I'd to walk into BN or get it overnight from Amazon and hold the book in my hands while I ride the A train. (Read it for this reference.)

Reply4 s Carissa O'Gaggi7

I am a bisexual female and this is a poignant and moving portrayal of what happens when our nation allows conversion therapy. It deals with the hard topics of homelessness and addiction. There are laughs, and a lot of darkness.
I was moved by this story.4 s Jennifer Shepard844 111

This is the first book I read from this author and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. The ending of this book.. come on! I just didn´t expect it! Can´t wait to read other books from this great writer! Amazing job! a must-read!. A fantastic book that has it all! The topic of LGBTQ and homelessness is handled incredibly well in this book.

This author is truly comfortable in his writing style. It is clean, lean, just what is needed to help the reader look forward to his future stories. If there is a series to follow, his books will be gobbled up. I couldn't stop till the end!

Waiting for the next books...

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐3 s F Bagatelle2

Such an amazing book. For the dark subject matter, the author brings a great deal of humor and enjoyment to this novel.
Some of the humor is subtle, "He pulled off as the ladies arranged themselves." Not sure how many times someone reached for their sack, grabbed their sack, or grabbed someone's package.
Of course theirs the twistsbon song lyrics as well.
Having lived in NYC for 19 of my 21 years, I swear he must have walked through some of the worst areas at night. His descriptions are spot on.
I wish I could give this 10 stars.3 s Don M3

I wasn't sure going in. This story starts out brutal. I mean really brutal. If they ever make a movie, and they should, some of the beginning will have to be seen as shadows on a wall. That kind of abuse makes my flesh crawl. AND IT'S 1000% NECESSARY to carry the rest of the story.
The remaining 99% is tragic. It's also damned funny and full of love. If you aren't a fan of fight scenes you might be troubled by some of this story, but it is a story written from the reality of being a 21st century young adult. It is a powerful good story.
I highly recommend this one.3 s Khurram ElahiAuthor 2 books12

This is quite an emotional novel, one for the twenty first century. Nicely written and extremely powerful. Vivid images add to the core of this story, painful memories flowing throughout.
It's no coincidence the main character is called Destiny, as the sometimes uncontrollable journey takes a necessary path.
It's extremely well written. To say the writer has put a lot a lot into this is an understatement, it flows with emotion, turmoil and lots of reminiscing.
3 s Gheorghe Zamfir3

I read this novel and was touched.

So the good stuff first. In spite of a harsh beginning, that was wholly necessary, this story is a beautiful tale of recovery. Recovery from conversion therapy, recovery from trauma, recovery from sexual abuse, recovery from addiction.
The obvious thumbing of the nose at The Duggars and other members of their cult was an added plus.
The building of a real family (not just the biological one foisted upon people) is one of the most endearing parts of this novel.
I couldn't put it down.

Now the critical parts. It had some formatting issues, but that's on the publisher not the author. Also not sure why there's a boy on the cover when this deals mostly with girls. Again not the author to blame.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this be read by young adults and shared around. It is an entree to many necessary discussions.
Also a perfect book club read.

The author's second novel, The Long Game, is even better which is a real feat in itself.
2 s Vincenzo Bagatelle5

This novel has it all. As some have noted, it is violent and downright disturbing in parts. That is entirely necessary to the story. One can not sanitize abuse, especially abuse at the hands of conservative Christians.
This story also has hope, and compassion, and shows that being LGBTQ+ is what one is, not whom. The characters are beautifully created, and the etude story rings true. That makes sense, as the author states that the novel is inspired by true events.
That the author chooses to show a NYC that is unsanitized, gritty, and raw is a thing of beauty. The reader feels the razor's edge vibration that makes the real city hum.
I couldn't put it down.2 s Hambone Bricker2 1 follower

The man is a genius. I mean it. Ben Rose is a damned literary genius. I read this novel in one all nighter. I read his other novel The Long Game in another all nighter.
This is salty stuff. This is classic literature. I can sense the authors own internal anguish through his characters. This is a book every high school student should read as should every adult in the 21st century.

Everybody But Us is available at vendors my library uses so they'll buy that one. I tried suggesting my library get The Long Game as well. They can't. The ISBN-13 doesn't exist...even though it is right there in the book.2 s Shelly NeinastAuthor 4 books21

Second chances

A great YA read. The author brought a new hope and a fresh thought to the bi-sexual homeless world in harsh New York City.
The characters were well described and the storyline was well captured in what bi-sexual's go through in life to be accepted and how they live as homeless individuals.
The author did alot of research on the topic and took great care in writing this novel.2 s A.K. RitchieAuthor 2 books20

This novel pulled me in right away. The story is about young Destiny making her away to New York City and growing into who she is outside of her strict religious upbringing. While it may not have been clear at all times what to expect, it was an intense story of life on the streets. The scenes were vivid cityscapes and full of interesting characters. 3 s Shay Walker7

This novel brought tears to my eyes. It was poignant and touching, and full of a dry humor that alleviated the sad stuff.
I also picked up a huge reading list just by referencing what the characters were reading.2 s LilyAuthor 18 books34 Read

A Must Read literary work

I cried and cried while reading this book. It opened old wounds and left me raw. As I read this book, I felt my heart breaking into a million pieces because I know there are kids on the streets who are totally vulnerable, in despair, and desperate to belong. Homelessness stomps on one’s basic need for shelter, protection, sufficient food…warmth... and the list goes on.
I think the author wrote his book with determination and compassion to raise awareness of the plight of homeless kids. After reading this book, I think you wouldn’t be able to pass a homeless person without wondering what brought that individual onto the streets.
“Everybody But Us” is a heart-wrenching, realistic, deeply emotional, poignant book. It is an outstanding literary work.1 Jane SuenAuthor 25 books856

A touching and emotional story. It’s been six years for Destiny, since being cast out as an unrepentant filthy sinner by the church, and kicked out of her strict Baptist home for being bisexual by her father with only a backpack filled with her clothes. Fifteen, scared and alone, she met Rory, Sheila, and Jeanie who treated her with kindness and gave her a ride out of town. She ends up in New York where she runs into a street kid, Mackenzie, who teaches her the ropes on survival, and Vinnie and Ronnie. In Everybody But Us, “Now, we have each other. We’re a perfect family of imperfect souls.”

1 Julie ManninoAuthor 51 books102

This story pulled me in from page one. The beginning is harsh as Destiny parents and the church thinks they can basically "beat the gay away." It was necessary since sick parents this really do exist. Destiny is kicked out and learns to live on the streets of New York and find her way in life. It was a great read, and I highly recommend it.
1 Randi W2

This is the sort of powerful novel that will spark the national dialogue we needs must have at this juncture.
The riveting dialogue, the terrifying brutality of conversion therapy, the poignant scenes of love, and the tragic downward spiral into addiction, they all make this a must read.1 Pascal's scriptures168 1 follower

Interesting read

If truly this is true, then the parents and their cult of a church are sick.
I mean forcing a 15 years old to watch porn.
And her father hiking up her skirt to beat her as ass cheeks.
Kicking your daughter out of the house.
I wonder which Bible verses they read.

1 Ruth TaylorAuthor 5 books5

This was a great book, it had me crying in some bits. The topic of Destiny's family and their prejudice was written well though it was an upsetting read. The story covers some terrible topics but in the end Destiny gets what she deserves. This is a story of struggling through and never giving up. Highly recommend.1 Peter ServidioAuthor 79 books11


I went into reading Everybody But Us not sure what I was getting into as I have not read a ton of literary fiction. The way Ben has brought his characters to life with believable characteristics and quirks made the issues that some of these LGBTQ+ characters all that more real. Destiny could be anyone’s child. This is on my must read list for everyone!
1 Eric DorseyAuthor 1 book12

Love who you want to love, including yourself.

With a well-formed protagonist and some intriguing secondary characters, this story zips right along. The plot itself meanders around a bit, serving more as a slice of life than a destination. I’m not certain this novel is a realistic depiction of teenage homelessness, as our heroes seemed a little too adept at navigating a dangerous world, repelling street thugs and the , uncovering resources/benefactors, etc. but I don’t think complete realism was necessarily the point. Frankly, at the start of the novel I was apprehensive I'd picked up a painfully gritty and hard to digest account of tragedy and despair in the streets, and I was relieved Rose didn’t plow straight down that route. It’s fiction after all, and our heroes are allowed to be somewhat extraordinary! I do think it’s a lovely story of acceptance, not just of each other, but most importantly of oneself. The underlying messages are clear as well, and Rose handles sexuality gracefully, PTSD with care, and condemns bigotry without apology. For the record I’m also hoping Rose turns his attention to writing a story centered around someone Vinnie, the best character in the book.1 Sandra LopezAuthor 3 books328

Story of a young woman named Destiny and her bisexual journey among the confinement of her religious upbringing. Her teachings enriched with strict moralities and severe lashings meant to convert her into a submissive, straight woman. According to them, being gay was the worst sin comparable to rape and murder.

At 15, she gets kicked out of her house for her homosexual ways. On her first night on the streets, she meets a group of college teens that take her in and explain to her that love knows no gender. It’s okay to be gay. They get her off to a good start and let her go in New York, where she meets Mackenzie, who teaches her how to fight and survive the mean streets. Her lesbian sexuality is awakened and explored as the two grow closer. Still, the horrible words of the church scream in her head. There’s a lot of debunking of church myths.

Well-written, touching, and soulful. An engaging coming-of-age story.
1 Marcelle ValentineAuthor 18 books34


In a reality that is all too real for some kids, the author Ben Rose takes you on an emotional journey of what young people face when their family refuses to accept who they truly are. Destiny is the heroine of this tale, a journey of self-discovery and growth; she has been shunned by the people who should love her simply because she is bi-sexual. Facing homelessness and without a penny to her name, she stumbles across some individuals who show her the kindness her own family couldn’t and wouldn’t. A beautifully written tale and one worthy of your time.1 S.S. SaywackAuthor 8 books28

A wonderfully told, if heartbreaking story that I would recommend to anyone wanting an insight into runaway/abandoned teens living rough in New York. Their daily trial and tribulations are explored and the ensuing drama is heartfelt in this coming of age novel. Cast out, in the biblical sense, by her religion zealous parents due to her bi-sexuality, Destiny finds herself on a journey in many ways towards her own redemption. This takes her to living on the streets and discovering the goodness of strangers. It’s a short book that’s easily digested, but a powerful read. 1 Heather AdamsAuthor 23 books105

all the feels

Oh what can I say that will be enough for this story? This book took Kyle through a pet Gira of emotions and in the end made me happy. The situation that Destiny goes through happens all too often and it’s terrible. I’m glad a book this exists to shine light on it and hopefully make people think…and be part of the change. Definitely recommend!1 Samantha EvansAuthor 7 books68

Ben Rose is such a good author! I have read a few of his works, and this one is awesome! So much emotion going through this book that it kept me on the edge of my seat all throughout! So much description all throughout I was able to picture it in my mind. Very well done!1 Tabitha WomackAuthor 16 books76

The hard path

Facing trama and fighting to heal and overcome it is a long and harrowing journey. Ben continues to keep it real, showing us a relatable path to better.
Good job1 Terry ListerAuthor 6 books36

For those simply not aware of the dangerous world that young runaways are compelled to live in this book by author Ben Rose reads a fairy tale. Sadly, it is reality, not a movie, not a play. And, while the setting is New York, which for many makes it believable, these scenes are played out daily all over the United States. Ben is to be congratulated on the one hand and thanked on the other for presenting a very real challenge for society to his readers.

Destiny has been given the role of the key person around whom the story is built. She has homosexual desires but has never acted upon these desires with a living soul but was kicked out for having the guts to admit to having feelings. For parents reading this book, there should be a wake-up call. The idea of having the punishment fit the crime is put right in front of us. Why would any sensible adult kick his/her child out for unacted upon thoughts?

Fortuantely, Destiny meets people who are more sensible in dealing with her. While the author has a way that makes it seem as if when the older teens are present life is easy, he tries very hard to show that even in the worst of situations there is hope for a better tomorrow.

There are many important issues touched on in  the book, such as homelessness, drug use and abuse, ganglife, and its implications. The author has addressed these issues well if you take the view that the aim is to make the reader think and learn as well as to be entertained.  He has produced a work that should stimulate further action about these very serious issues for young people. I believe he has opened the door a little wider. I highly recommend this book to those who care about the issues touched so that advocacy can be more effective. Bill ConradAuthor 4 books7

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