Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

Oliver Loving

From a celebrated literary talent comes a brilliant, propulsive novel about family, the traumas and secrets that test our deepest bonds, and the stories that hold us together. One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School’s annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic Junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troub...

Details Oliver Loving

TitleOliver Loving
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreFiction, Drama

Reviews Oliver Loving

  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    I really wanted to like this; I've heard a lot of great things about it. Unfortunately this was just too wordy for my taste and I couldn't get into it. DNF.*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Janelle
    Thank you so much to the wonderful Flatiron Books for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. This is a heartbreaking story that takes place in a Texas town about a family and how they deal with life in the aftermath of a tragedy. Ten years ago, a terrible incident occurred at Oliver’s high school which left him in a coma. The novel is written from multiple perspectives between Oliver and his family. As you are reading, it feels very ...
  • Caryn
    3.5. Full review and giveaway on my blog: http://www.thebookwhisperer.org/2018/...
  • Cathy
    Find all my book reviews, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/‘Once upon a time there was a boy who fell through a crack in time but he didn’t fall all the way.’ Following the momentous events at his school’s annual dance, Oliver lies in a coma – neither here nor gone but ‘suspended’ somewhere in between. ‘By your twentieth birthday, you h...
  • Liz Barnsley
    **3.5 stars**Oliver Loving is a beautifully written and consuming story that looks at familial and community relationships in the aftermath of a tragedy – the sort of tragedy where the question “Why” cannot always be answered..Using multiple views, one of which is the locked in Oliver, we see the before and the after, the changes the family goes through, the ways in which hope remains alive. It is a wonderfully compelling tale that digs dee...
  • Ashley
    ***A special thank you to Goodreads Giveaway, Stefan Merrill Block and Flatiron Books for the ARC and allowing me the opportunity to write an honest review.***What an extraordinary, heartfelt novel. I honestly don't even know where to begin with this. When I began Oliver Loving, I did not expect for it to make me feel the way it did. As we all know, after the first couple of chapters we pretty much have an idea on whether we are gripped or not; t...
  • Sarah
    I am giving this a 4 even though it was more a 3.5 for me because there were a small amount of flat parts for me even if I really did like the book overall. It earns the 4 because I will probably recommend this book a lot. I am a fan of literary reads and if they are done well there really just is no need for a heavy plot. While this one definitely was not plot heavy it kept me wondering what would happen. It definitely kept my interest for most ...
  • Aimee
    Oooh weee that was a doozy. I’m going to need to unwind and decompress before I can gather my thoughts enough to write a review. My heart couldn’t take much more of this story and I found my self on edge finishing the last hundred pages or so. It was beautifully written. As you can see I have about 100 highlights. But this one was a tough book to read. Lots of triggers, lots of sadness and feelings. Will report back soon with a full review. T...
  • Amanda
    "Once upon a time there was a boy who fell through a crack in time, but the truth is that he didn't fall all the way. Half of the boy remained there, on either side" Nearly ten years ago, Oliver Loving was the victim of a tragedy that tore apart his hometown, Bliss, forever. When a recent graduate brought a gun to the high school homecoming, the Loving family was changed forever, and Oliver, the only one who might have answers, was left unable to...
  • Claire Barfell
    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways.This is not just reading a story, it is an experience. It revolves around the family of Oliver Loving and what happens after a shooting at his school. There are so many questions like what caused the shooting, could it have been prevented. However, it really focuses on the family of Oliver Loving, their secrets and weaknesses and what would have happened if they had revealed some facts before the shooting. M...