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Get Your Shine On

Get Your Shine On When his mother goes out to party one Saturday night and doesn t come back seven year old Ishmael Hood is taken in by his estranged uncle Henry and Henry s live in boyfriend Sam As this unlikely tri

  • Title: Get Your Shine On
  • Author: Nick Wilgus
  • ISBN: 9781634763738
  • Page: 364
  • Format: ebook
  • When his mother goes out to party one Saturday night and doesn t come back, seven year old Ishmael Hood is taken in by his estranged uncle Henry and Henry s live in boyfriend, Sam As this unlikely trio begins to build a new life together, they encounter both support and hostility in the small Mississippi town where they live Seems like just about everybody has an opinionWhen his mother goes out to party one Saturday night and doesn t come back, seven year old Ishmael Hood is taken in by his estranged uncle Henry and Henry s live in boyfriend, Sam As this unlikely trio begins to build a new life together, they encounter both support and hostility in the small Mississippi town where they live Seems like just about everybody has an opinion on the matter and they re not shy about expressing it.While this blossoming little family finds its feet, outside forces and ghosts from the past threaten to tear it apart Henry, still trying to deal with the tragic death of his parents, finds himself hard pressed to open his heart to this needy child.Just as a little shine begins to come back into their lives, Ishmael s mother returns, and their world is thrown into chaos.

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    1. Susan on said:

      What you’re guaranteed to get when you read Nick Wilgus books: a huge slice of southern life, heart-tugs that cause all the tears, and pretty much the most lovable kids in books today.“Get Your Shine On” could actually just be an extension of Wilgus’ other series Sugar Tree. It is surprisingly similar…and that might have annoyed me in other cases, but I wasn’t entirely bothered by that. Because I liked so much about the Sugar Tree books. I love the southern charm, the southern hardsh [...]

    2. Sandra on said:

      Nick Wilgus doesn't write romance. I knew that going in, so I didn't expect this book to be all romantic. If you're not familiar with Nick's books, read the first sentence again, and then read all of his books anyway!What Nick writes are Southern stories pulled from real life. The characters he creates are real. They exist, somewhere, in similar fashion, in some small town in Mississippi. You've met them. You've heard them. You've seen them, in churches, in schools, in all the places. So, romanc [...]

    3. Tina on said:

      4,5 stars.Get Your Shine On isn’t a part of the Shaking The Sugar Tree series, it’s different… but somehow the storyline is similar: two guys caring for a little boy. Not that I minded. :)Loved how Henry and Sam take little Ishy, Henry’s nephew, under their wings to give him warmth and security… and love, so much love. “You’ve got no shine,” I said.“What’s that, Uncle Hen?”“Shine? You know. When you’re happy, you shine. Your face shines. But you—you’ve got no shine. [...]

    4. Erika on said:

      This was not an easy book to read at all. Not at all. There's racism and homophobia and child abuse galore, but there's also a lot of heart and a really great family, amusing situations and a lot of great writing. Yes, there are many similarities to Nick Wilgus's previous books in this genre but, as I read on into the book, I stopped thinking about and comparing it with his previous work and started to take it for what it was: completely amazing, with characters that take on a life of their own. [...]

    5. Chris, the Dalek King on said:

      Henry never expected he’d be able to raise a kid. Sure, he and Sam talked about it, but in the way you talk about ‘someday…’ things. His town isn’t exactly at the forefront of the equality movement, and to be frank, Henry is still a bit of a mess from his mother and father’s death. So, no child-rearing in Henry’s future, that’s for sure.Then his druggy sister, Sarah, takes herself off for a weekend of partying and decides to leave her seven-year-old son alone at home. And come Tu [...]

    6. JR on said:

      In Vinegar Bend, Henry "Hen" Hood and Sam Rakestraw are the only out gay men. They have been together since they were 12 years old and a couple since 10th grade. Most of the town either doesn't know, doesn't care, or if they do, they make their feelings known. None of this bothers Hen and Sam till Hen's sister Sarah abandons her son, Hen's nephew Ishmail "Ishy". Suddenly, a family is born. How the two men deal with the sudden addition and the notoriety that comes with Ishy, is the crux of the st [...]

    7. Alona on said:

      5 "Betterer" shining stars!!Dear oh dearYou have got no shame Mr Wilgus, No shame!!Using children in your books like it's no body's business.Thank goodness you can write so god damn splendidly, that you can do whatever you fancy and it will be gold. Pure gold!This is my third book of Nick Wilgus, and the third one to get 5 stars, how crazy wonderful is that?If you read Shaking the Sugar Tree and loved it, you will sure to love this one, if you did not, I'm not sureThis book has A LOT in common w [...]

    8. wesley on said:

      This was a very difficult book to read and rate. The push and pull of things going for the better or worse was exhausting and draining. I lost count how many times I wanted to stop reading, saw red, or sobbed. I know a very dark side of humanity existed; I just didn't know it would be that awful. The author sure did inject a lot of societal issues which need to be addressed in reality, even at present. Religion, bigotry, racism, marriage and equality, homosexuality -- just to name a few. I thoug [...]

    9. Deeze on said:

      Head this warning well.I cried so hard my son came downstairs to see what the matter was lol.Like with Shaking the Sugar Tree it took me a few chapters to really get into this one. But once I did it was hard to stop. Hen is strange guy to make into a hero, yet that's exactly what he becomes, along with Sam, who at times made me wonder about his priorities. This couple show us the true meaning of Family.Ishy will keep you smiling when he is not breaking your heart into smithereens. This is much m [...]

    10. Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮ on said:

      YAY!!!! Loved it REVIEW COMING SOON @Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words I can't post my full review yet so I'm going with just a few words. Nick Wilgus is one of my fave authors, everything he writes is gold to me, even if the first book I read, Shaking the Sugar Tree, was hard to me to understand due to his choice of language. Now I'm used to it and I can't have enough of his stories. they all are emotionally beautiful and so real. Get Your Shine On was no exception. simply perfect. Highly reco [...]

    11. Becky Condit on said:

      Review Get Your Shine OnWith Get Your Shine On, Nick Wilgus continues to enthrall readers with true characters of the South. Not all of them are charming, good people, but all of them are charismatic and beautifully developed for the story.Henry Hood and his live-in boyfriend Sam find themselves in charge of seven year old Izzy when Hen’s incredibly damaged sister Sarah leaves little Izzy home alone and skips town. Sarah has a past that is too troubled for her to be able to function as a mothe [...]

    12. Juxian on said:

      Oh, you'll need a bag of tissues for this one. Just be prepared. But don't worry, it will be worth it.It was the first book by Nick Wilgus I've read, and it was very different from what I expected. Well, maybe it was the cover - it's so light and bright and the guys on it are so clean and preppy. The book itself was a lot darker. Many sad and terrible things happening, dark secrets revealed in the past and in the present. Homophobia here is astonishing. Not a violent one but even creepier - when [...]

    13. Susan65 on said:

      The Blogger GirlsThis is my second Nick Wilgus book and both have knocked my socks off by his creative and brilliant dialogue. One of the most important aspects of any story for me is the dialogue; the more the better, less tell and more show, and his are so genuinely real that I easily fall into the story and become vested in the characters.As with the first book of his that I’d read, Shaking the Sugar Tree, this story also takes place in the south. A place I’ve not spent much time, but one [...]

    14. Antonella on said:

      4.5Excellent book. Keep your hankies ready though. Once more Nick Wilgus manages to have a child in a book and avoid sappiness, which is a great achievement.It doesn't get full 5 stars because some of the secondary characters like for ex. Larry or Miss Ida, although good, get annoying. Also at times it sounds slightly preachy. See the great review by Susan.

    15. Paul on said:

      It's 4am and I just finished I'll come back and write something intelligent when my brain isn't mush and my eyes aren't red and puffy

    16. Christy on said:

      Nick Wilgus has the ability to make me cry, to laugh, to get angry, and to basically feel very deeply and intensely with his writing. I knew 'Get Your Shine On' was going to devastate me but I also knew I would come away from it looking at the world and my place in it in a slightly different way. It didn't take me long to discern that Henry, Hen, is not like Wiley, a character from one of the author’s most favorite series of mine. Hen hasn't got a clue what to do with Ishmael, Ishy, his nephew [...]

    17. Avid Reader on said:

      Get your shine one - Nick WilgusTriggers: Offensive language, homophobic people, drug abuse, physical abuse4 starsI was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.I had a very hard time with this book. After reading it, I had to take several days mulling over whether or not I enjoyed the story. While it was a quick read, I found myself having difficulties enjoying it, partly due to the language, partly due to the fact that Ishmael's language abilities. I am still unsure if his s [...]

    18. Daphne on said:

      Hard book to review - the story was engaging, the characters endearing (or maddening or annoying or horrifying, but they made me feel something so that's important), and it was hard to put the book down. So many parts of this story were just horrifying, heartbreaking (not on page stuff, no reason for the squeamish to avoid the book out of fear), and yet engaging. I started out, to borrow the author's phrase, wanting to smack Henry into next week. I lost that urge after a bit, but he still felt u [...]

    19. Arch Bala on said:

      Get Your Shine On obviously has the formula taken from the author’s The Sugar Tree series because of its setting in the South and the couple with a kid but it actually has its very own charm with humor that is so spot on, commentaries’ so blunt they’ll make you flinch and characters so vibrant its feels like you’re actually living their lives. I just loved everything about it! There are some plot points in the story that were a bit predictable but in a way that feels so natural to the st [...]

    20. Katie on said:

      DNFFor reasons.Ya knowI wasn't gonna say. But fuck it.Not even halfway thru the sample and I'm ready to fling my kindle off the porch and pop a bitch in the mouth. Instead, I trotted my ass into the office to grab my laptop because trying to type on the Kindle screen would just piss me off more.I can deal a little bit of bigotry in books. Kind of. If it's coming from an inconsequential character and it gets dealt with swiftly and succinctly.Inconsequential character? I think so.Dealt with swiftl [...]

    21. Mickie Ashling on said:

      The author sucks you into his southern world with such ease you don't even notice you've become a part of that small pocket of hospitality, homophobia, and honest-to-God craziness that's a sum total of his life experiences. Like his two previous novels, Shaking the Sugar Tree and Stones in the Road, Get Your Shine On will take you on a roller coaster of emotions ranging from outrage to tears but it's worth every second. Highly Recommended.

    22. Lisa on said:

      This story made me cry and if I wasn't already going to give it five stars that would have sealed the deal :-)Just fabulous, can't wait for the next treasure from this author

    23. Jess on said:

      I think I'm starting to realize that I like romances that include parent-child relationships, but I don't care for romances that are about parent-child relationships. This is definitely a book that let the actual "romance" take a back seat to the "suddenly acquired child," and it just wasn't my sort of book.First of all, this book is shelved as an M/M romance here on GoodReads and Dreamspinner is widely a romance publisher, but this book really isn't a romance at all. In fact, despite being toge [...]

    24. Joyfully Jay on said:

      A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 starsThis book is not your traditional romance book; it’s better because it could be torn out of a page of real life. This novel transports readers to Vinegar Bend, Mississippi where despite the townspeople desperately wanting to hang on to traditional Christian ways of life, they are beginning to embrace modernity in the form of Walmarts and liquor sales.Readers should be warned that this book touches on some disturbing topics: racism, homophobia, rape, and child a [...]

    25. Alby Krebs on said:

      I used to be a book editor, and because of this reading is sometimes a fractured experience. With one part of my brain I'll be reading the book as a normal reader, getting involved with the plot and characters, and with the other I'll be editing the parts that I think need more help. When I find a writer who is a gifted storyteller and also a master at the mechanics of the novel, it is a wonderful experience, one to savor. Nick Wilgus is one of those writers. I can't wait to read everything he h [...]

    26. Piers20 on said:

      Having just finished this I'm heading to the shops glad that it's pouring with rain. That will mask the tears running down my face right now. Nick Wilgus books are beautiful and this one is no exception. His writing has a lyricism to it that soothes you through the emotional turmoil this book takes you through. I didn't read this book he told me Hen's storyst read with a box of tissues, a cocktail and maybe a glass of goats milk to toast with at the end.

    27. Mercedes on said:

      Honestly I don't know how much of what happened in this book was meant as a good tongue in cheek parody or cruel representation of life in the south. But in the end I didn't care to hear anymore about how cavalier everyone is regarding homophobia, incest, xenophobia and more. The outrageous hate overwhelmed the story. I was glad to be done reading this book and glad I don't have to live in the backwaters of the Deep South.

    28. Betryal on said:

      This book deserves and earns every one of the 5 stars that I've given. The ups and downs, the laughter and the tears this story brought to me was one of the best stories I've read, ranking in at one of my favorites. I'm now firmly addicted to this author's books along with some other authors I will not be able to get enough of.

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