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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Nolan Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469200958
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Closeted teenager Jeremy is sent to live with wealthy relatives after his mother enters rehab. Struggling to fit into the posh world of Ballena Beach, Jeremy joins the high school swim team, dates a popular girl, and begins to think he may have landed in paradise — until his great aunt Katharine starts to dictate his every move…and a late-night phone call insinuates that his father’s accidental death was not so accidental after all. As Jeremy grows accustomed to the veneer of a fabulous life, so grows his need for answers — as well as the danger of immeasurable harm. Weaving together a murder mystery, sexual ambiguity, and characters with hidden identities and agendas, Nick Nolan offers listeners a deliciously witty novel about the “puppet” who wishes only to be a real boy. Strings Attached is also a surprisingly heartfelt story about coming-of-age and coming out — not necessarily in that order. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Strings Attached is the literary equivalent of a prime-time soap opera…Readers will have no trouble turning the pages of this engrossing novel…An easy book to get sucked into.”

    Philadelphia Gay News

  • “A wonderful story…A multifaceted piece of fiction dealing with co-dependency, parent-child relationships, anger, violence, love, sexual exploration, and maturation…This is a fast read.”

    Diversity Rules Magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/2/2014

    " I really liked this one! Not so much a romance as a coming of age story with a little bit of a suspense plot. When his mother ODs, a teenage boy is sent to live with rich relatives; while accustoming himself with his new situation (including school, friends, girls, boys...) he also comes into a position to unravel the mystery behind his father's early death at about the same time he realizes his own danger. There are allusions to Pinocchio, which the author explains in great depth in the afterword, so much for anyone who wanted to do their own literary analysis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Taylor | 2/1/2014

    " This book takes readers on an amazing ride through main character Jeremy Tyler's life, coming into adulthood, and reasoning with his sexuality. This also contains a great many number of plot twists. Expect to read this book in one sitting, with multiple crying sessions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/26/2014

    " This was an interesting read for me. I felt that the character development was a bit lacking for Tiffany and for Reed (both of whom I see as pretty important parts of the story). I haven't ever read a coming of age story about a gay teen, so it was an eye opener. I can't be sure how much of the book was exaggerated as I found the scene with Coby at the cabin a bit over the top. I also thought that the Pinnochio theme was obvious and forced which I didn't appreciate. Not sure if I'll read the follow up book due out this month, but this was quite an experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wei-Tang | 1/20/2014

    " Some passages are so creatively and beautifully descriptive that I could close my eyes and taste the saltiness of being on the beach, etc. Believable main characters, and engaging story, especially the first half. The end seemed hurried and too "neat," as though the author was running out of space / paper and must found ways to tidy everything up quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/16/2014

    " Good but uneven m/m romance about a high school senior who discovers, after his alcoholic mother ends up in treatment, that his dead father's family is wealthy. His transition to a life of privilege while he tries to figure out who he is and what he wants does not go smoothly. The author's afterward reveals numerous references to the story of Pinocchio, only a few of which I caught. I'd suggest including a forward with an abbreviated version of that story to help the reader... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya | 1/16/2014

    " Not what I pictured this book to be when I started out, but it was very good page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/4/2014

    " This was a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marty | 12/26/2013

    " gay coming of age story. not very good. unbelievable in story and characters not well enough done to overcome that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 12/26/2013

    " Nick Nolan is one of the best... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 12/20/2013

    " I feel that a lot of gay literature is tripe. This was actaully decent. It could have used more editing but overall it was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave1962uk | 12/13/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 adrienne | 12/8/2013

    " like watching a year's worth of Dynasty in two hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/26/2013

    " I read this book ... Grammatically speaking, it is terribly written. It's not intellectually stimulating in the least. That said, if you want a queer friendly book that will draw you into a drama and mystery filled world, this is a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Troy | 5/3/2013

    " Started okay and gradually got worse. Abandoned after page 107. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 3/3/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down, loved it! "

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About the Author

Nick Nolan wrote his first mystery in 5th grade and kept angst-ridden journals (featuring lots of sad poetry) during his teen years, but had to surrender his dream of becoming a writer to fund college. While building a happy life with his partner Jaime, Nick earned two degrees, worked extensively with homeless youth, rescued dogs, restored two homes, traveled extensively through Mexico, and owned scores of unusual cars, including a Dodge Challenger once used in the Mod Squad television series. Today Nick, Jaime, and their two beloved retrievers divide their time between their home in the San Fernando Valley and a mountaintop cabin.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.