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For 15 years, Kristian Taylor has lived like a hermit. After letting the love of his life walk away, he's languished in apathy and inaction. Now, a chance meeting in the grocery store will force him to face his old demons. Will apathy take over again, or will Kristian allow himself to be free?


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For 15 years, Kristian Taylor has lived like a hermit. After letting the love of his life walk away, he's languished in apathy and inaction. Now, a chance meeting in the grocery store will force him to face his old demons. Will apathy take over again, or will Kristian allow himself to be free?

30 review for Apathy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vio

    4.5 stars Every single one of my emotions was pushed reading this story! Jake my heart broke for him I was all choked up and desperate for Kristian to wake up and stop being such a fool it could have all gone so horribly wrong all sorts of bad things kept popping into my head, if I was reading a paperback I think it would have been shred to pieces. This was an intensely emotional romance loved it so much beautifully bittersweet with the perfect ending so good.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    For 15 years, Kristian Taylor lives in inaction and apathy - he drove away the only person that he loved for fear of live together as a couple as well as social pressure of being in love with a man. He never do anything about it, let himself being a hermit and never ventures to find something better for his life. Until one day, when he visits the grocery store as scheduled, he meets face-to-face again with Jake Harlan, the man he ever loved, the man whom he strongly pushed away from his life. No For 15 years, Kristian Taylor lives in inaction and apathy - he drove away the only person that he loved for fear of live together as a couple as well as social pressure of being in love with a man. He never do anything about it, let himself being a hermit and never ventures to find something better for his life. Until one day, when he visits the grocery store as scheduled, he meets face-to-face again with Jake Harlan, the man he ever loved, the man whom he strongly pushed away from his life. Now, as Jack demands another chance for their relationship, Kristian faces the choice of being apathetic and keep denying his love or grabs the possibility of finding his home at last. After being unimpressed with "Captive" (my first read) then totally captivated with "Life Class" (my second read), I found myself in familiar territory with Ms. Blackwell's writing, style, and theme of story. The characters are never "perfect", the relationship is never easy. Kristian denies his feeling so strongly, that I want to smack him more than once for hurting Jake the way he does. However, at the same time, I can feel the intensity and the pain that he is willing to carry for his action. I can't help praying silently for him to open his eyes and grabs that second chance given by Jake, because I can't imagine what will happen to him if he doesn't. When he finally accepts, it's explosive, and it's intense, and I find myself loving this short story so very much for giving me a rollercoaster ride. Definitely a short story that sticks in my mind for a long time because I always love messy / fucked up relationship in books rather than the smooth ones.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reader S.

    $3.71 for a 20 page story? By all means, set the price that high if you don't want me to read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deeze

    3.5 An emotional ride for such a short trip. Jake and Kristian show that its never too late to start over. With a bit more fleshing out, this would be a worth while novella.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Arthur

    A quintessential Scarlet Blackwell book. (view spoiler)[ Kristian and Jake had a short fling that turned something more when they were 20. Afraid of his own feeling,Kristian pushed Jake to go to college by saying he didn't mean anything for Kristian. Fast forward 15 yrs. Kristian had become an apathetic hermit. When they met in a store, Jake pursued him. Kristan ran home. They met on the beach, Jake asked if Kristian ever loved him. He said no. Jake followed him to Kristian 's house, asking again, A quintessential Scarlet Blackwell book. (view spoiler)[ Kristian and Jake had a short fling that turned something more when they were 20. Afraid of his own feeling,Kristian pushed Jake to go to college by saying he didn't mean anything for Kristian. Fast forward 15 yrs. Kristian had become an apathetic hermit. When they met in a store, Jake pursued him. Kristan ran home. They met on the beach, Jake asked if Kristian ever loved him. He said no. Jake followed him to Kristian 's house, asking again, if he ever loved Jake. He said no. But lust took over and they had a passionate night. As they finished, Jake wanted to know if there's something more between them. The answer was no. Dejected, Jake asked differently. Did Kristian want him to go. The answer was yes. So Jake left. And Kristian felt regret, so he found Jake, and they're together. (hide spoiler)] This, I think is the most realistic story I've ever read. It perfectly shows the idea that love overcomes everything. Even if you're repeatedly treated as a doormat, if you love the person it shouldn't matter at all.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ro

    Kristian is so busy worrying about how it would be to face societial and familial disapproval and live as a couple with his soul mate, Jake, the only one he will ever love, that he allows Jake to leave, in fact telling him not to return. In the intervening 15 years, Kristian becomes a hermit, a recluse in his small town, going out only for work and for groceries. It is during a trip to the grocery store that Kristian has a chance to make the right decision this time. It was heartbreaking to read Kristian is so busy worrying about how it would be to face societial and familial disapproval and live as a couple with his soul mate, Jake, the only one he will ever love, that he allows Jake to leave, in fact telling him not to return. In the intervening 15 years, Kristian becomes a hermit, a recluse in his small town, going out only for work and for groceries. It is during a trip to the grocery store that Kristian has a chance to make the right decision this time. It was heartbreaking to read a life wasted in this way, and even though Jake isn't present as much as Kristian, Ms. Blackwell makes you want an HEA for them. The twist was very clever, and made me like the book even more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    I totally and wholeheartedly agree with Vio and Amy's reviews. This short story packs so much, it's amazing! You could feel Kristian's depression and loneliness and when he's suddenly given a second chance to make things right - I wanted SO MUCH for him to just grab it (and Jake xD) with both hands and never let go! I'm happy that a dream taught him to do just that and it was wonderful seeing them re-unite with Jake finally!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Whilst I loved the concept of this book, I wanted more from the actual story. I wanted to know why Jake suddenly appeared 15 years later, where had he been, did he have a home, a job? Too many questions unanswered for me. Ideally for me, the word count would be doubled to give the reader so much more on an insight, but the concept was excellent, and apathy and lethargy beautifully describe the depression/bereavement that Kristian has struggled with for so long.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    Really 1.5 in terms of liking it, but the writing was smooth ... neither the character or the situation resonated with me. I always think short stories are too, well, short -- but this one actually dragged.

  10. 4 out of 5

    B

    Loved this writer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gwengwel

    It's only 28 pages but it's appeared long. Mostly because of the voice of the MC.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rom-addict

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ayden

  14. 5 out of 5

    Helen Manning

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gabi

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  17. 4 out of 5

    Summer Michaels

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Morris

  19. 4 out of 5

    Terry

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mari Munhoz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rumell Khan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nisha

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ayden

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dana

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tame

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nile Princess

  27. 5 out of 5

    Serena Yates

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sneezep

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gaa-chan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ralucacmf

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