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Publisher's Summary

“Road trip!”  

Otto Digmore is a 26-year-old gay guy with dreams of being a successful actor, and he's finally getting some attention as a result of his supporting role on a struggling sitcom. But he's also a burn survivor with scars on half his face, and all indications are that he's just too different to ever find real Hollywood success.  

Now he's up for an amazing new role that could change everything. Problem is, he and his best friend Russel Middlebrook have to drive all the way across the country in order to get to the audition on time.  

It's hard to say which is worse: the fact that so many things go wrong, or that Russel, an aspiring screenwriter, keeps comparing their experiences to some kind of road trip movie.  

There's also the fact that Otto and Russel were once boyfriends, and Otto is starting to realize that he might still have romantic feelings for his best friend.  

Just how far will Otto go to get the role, and maybe the guy, of his dreams?  

Author Brent Hartinger first introduced the character of Otto Digmore in 2005, in his Lambda Award-winning books about Russel Middlebrook. Back then, Otto was something pretty unusual for YA literature: a disabled gay character.  

Now, more than a decade later, Otto is grown up and finally stepping into the spotlight on his own. The Otto Digmore Difference, the first book in a new stand-alone series for adults, is about much more than the challenges of being "different." It's also about the unexpected nature of all of life's journeys, and the heavy price that must be paid for Hollywood fame.  

But more than anything, it's a different kind of love story, about the frustrating and fantastic power of the love between two friends.  

Praise for Brent Hartinger:  

“Hits the narrative sweet spot." (NPR's All Things Considered)  

"Downright refreshing." (USA Today

"Touching and realistic...hilarious." (Kirkus Reviews)

©2017 Brent Hartinger (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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I wanted to like it....

While it's nice to have a protagonist who is physically imperfect, I just didn't *like* Otto Digmore—or Russel Middlebrook, for that matter.

That alone, though, wouldn't have been enough to drag my rating down from three stars to two, but the book suffers from a handful of other problems, most notable of which is the way character dialogue is used as a vehicle for delivering the author's revealed truth about a variety of topics, including "what's wrong with the Hollywood film industry" and "which is the only good narrative formula in screenwriting." Add to that the fact that the supporting characters are cardboard cut-outs who exist only in relation to the protagonist—to adore him, teach him valuable life lessons, or sometimes both—and the whole book felt as flat and uninspired as the twist that telegraphed itself from the very beginning.

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Surprisingly Good!

I didn’t know this book was so deep. It makes you take a look at yourself and where do you see your future going. Especially with the path chosen and how you treat the people you cross. It is a love story but not a lovers story so there is no heat. But you don’t really need it for the plots. Good for all ages.

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  • 09-20-20

Sweet story

I really enjoyed all the books in the series - both narration and the plot make for great listen. It felt genuine (which cannot be said of most M/M romance written by women)

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Otto

This was a very thoughtful tale with lots of intrigue. I was thinking during the latter part of the story about how Otto was feeling sorry for himself and how the life of others brought him out of that state. The ending pulled everything together and has a nice ending.

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Oh yes!

Loved it. Definitely will make you re-think and evaluate options and priorities in you life.

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Loser story all around.

This is 2021. We don’t have time to be losers any longer. 2020 was for that. Need to move on. Even if our White House is home to a raises

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Great story

Great continuance of the road to amazing book I love all the russell middlebrook books. Such a great story with character's that you fall in love with.

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Hit me from left field; I LOVED it

I thought I’d be getting a lighthearted MM romance and, if that’s all you’re looking for, then keep walking. This book is so very much more. Livers to friends, evolving to best friends or even lovers? You keep guessing. The ending is ever so satisfying. Heart tugs, it’ll hit you right in the feels.
Meaningful plot and character developments, with surprising yet plausible twists. I fell a little bit in love with Otto for different reasons throughout the book. At the start, I thought the narration was a bit flat, but don’t be fooled; that’s actually spot-on for Otto. I’ll be looking for more from both this author and narrator. ❤️

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Slightly Disappointed

I have read all the books except for one in the Russell Middlebrook series and I loved all the books. The only problem I had with this one was the scene with the black truck; it was the typical narrative of a straight person trying to gay bash. The overall storyline, to me was about breaking stereotypes, but this part was just another stereotype and did not seem to fit in with the rest of the story. Other scenarios depicted did not turn out in a stereotypical way, why did this one? I just found it to be disappointing.

Otherwise, this is a good listen and the narrator is excellent.

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good listen

easy to follow, some very memorable quotes. nice closing, but I wanted more. some good ideas.

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  • 12-05-21

King Lear Within King Lear

Beautifully imagined and written. Flawless performance by the narrator. Thoroughly recommend.
It’s one of those books that stay with you and you find yourself thinking about it long after you’ve finished it.