Stories From Elton High by Alflor Aalto
Stories From Elton High by Alflor Aalto
Arden's a good kid. He keeps his head down in school and gets good grades. Thus far, he's done a fairly decent job of staying afloat in the hectic sea of life... until a letter comes from school informing him of a new physical education requirement: “Every student, regardless of species, must run a mile in under nine minutes. Failure to do so will result in remediate gym time.” Arden shrugs, throws on a ratty shirt and heads out to the school track to see if he can even run a mile, let alone do it in under nine minutes…
UPC CODE: 9 781624 750052
Adult Readers Only. Contains homosexual themes and acts.
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Customer's Reviews for Stories From Elton High by Alflor Aalto
First off I'd like to say that with this being my first read by Alflor, he's a very talented writer! Stories From Elton High is a beautiful story about true love, not just young love but real true love. I found it especially enjoyable because it reminded me a lot of my own boyfriend and I~ Anyway haha the only thing I founded kinda weird was when the perspective shifted from 3rd to 1st person, but I quickly got used to it and actually came to like it, thinking it was a very unique way of doing things. In terms of rating, this gets a 10/10 from me, and I really mean that! Keep up the good work Alflor, I look forward to giving you more money in the future!
Honestly this is one of the better books I've read. The characters were compelling and touching and played off of each other very well. I also liked how the story moved at a fairly quick speed but not once through the whole thing did I feel like something was left out. Already been added to my favorites list and I know I'll be reading it again soon!
An enjoyable book, easy to put down and pick up again. It has my recommendation!
First of all, please please please read this on sofurry first, where it is apparently posted. I really wish I had. It should give you an idea of the writing style. I seem to be in the minority here, but I found it to be completely amateurish. The sentences are clumsy and almost all of the dialogue is awkward. I'm absolutely amazed this was actually published.
The story is even worse. It progresses in such a bizarre fashion, to the point where the two leads are meeting, hanging out, confessing love, then having a quickie in the bushes all within a few days and not a single meaningful conversation is had between the two in all of that time. Further into the novel the relationship doesn't feel authentic. The characters hide things from each other that just don't need to be kept secret.
Also, apparently Redwall is a thing in this universe. Really? Pretty sure that would be straight up racism/speciesism in that world.
The main character's coming out process was almost insulting. I realize the author is trying to be original (a coming out story where being gay isn't the hard part, it's staying in love!) But the rate at which the main character realizes his sexuality, then accepts it, is ludicrous. His family's acceptance is fine, but the whole thing felt incredibly rushed, which speaks to a greater problem in the book. The whole thing progresses unrealistically and with the terrible writing and dialogue on top of that, it became impossible for me to continue.
Honestly, I'm amazed this was published. I purchased this to support the furry writing community, but I don't feel like our standards have to be so low as to consider this a good book. I'm frankly baffled by all the good reviews this novel has received. There are many other deserving furry authors out there. Alflor, at least at this stage, is not one of them.
Alflor really knows how to tug at your heartstrings! His characters are realistic and relatable and his storytelling is top notch. He has managed to craft a beautiful and romantic story while simultaneously tackling issues that are definitely relevant today. I don't want to spoil anything, so I will say this: read this book now!
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