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Ironically I picked up The Hottest State because I thought to myself I haven t read any male authors lately I m looking to get a masculine perspective on something for a change of pace So I start to read, and I realize Oh, shit This is Ethan Hawke He has emotions and shit The main character falls messily in love with a mysterious curvy girl who has serious boundary inconsistencies Readers are led to empathize a little tiny bit with the protagonist s love interests, but mostly we re stu Ironically I picked up The Hottest State because I thought to myself I haven t read any male authors lately I m looking to get a masculine perspective on something for a change of pace So I start to read, and I realize Oh, shit This is Ethan Hawke He has emotions and shit The main character falls messily in love with a mysterious curvy girl who has serious boundary inconsistencies Readers are led to empathize a little tiny bit with the protagonist s love interests, but mostly we re stuck in the protagonist s potential narcissism I m glad it was a quick read.My favorite part is some poetry the boy wrote when he was seven years old The cowboy ridesThrough desert by desertTraveling by horsesHe gets dirtyLike a rag buried in the sandAnd he dies full of ageand bulletsA hat is shaped in lots of different waysA big bump in the middleAnd flat on the sidesAnd nothing like a jacket.Fort Worth is the hottest state I knowMy dad lives thereMy grandma tooMost every grandparentexcept a fewIt s so cute I want to give the boy hugs But the grownup not so much It has sentimental value, what can I say The book me and hubs were both reading when we met And when we came to question each other about reading tastes, we both bashfully announced that we were reading A TOTALLY AMAZING BOOK, which we were a bit shy to talk about.Yeah, same book This book.It s still pretty amazing. An incredibly visceral, raw wound of a book, perfectly detailing everyone s experience of obsessive, passionate love that ends badly I loved that stupid girl so much , he says If you can t identify with that statement on some level, you have no heartA great debut from a promising author, who has far surpassed expectations as an actor writer artist.A quick read that s very easy to pick up again, even if it has the effect of giving you an ear to ear grin at the start and ending with you feeli An incredibly visceral, raw wound of a book, perfectly detailing everyone s experience of obsessive, passionate love that ends badly I loved that stupid girl so much , he says If you can t identify with that statement on some level, you have no heartA great debut from a promising author, who has far surpassed expectations as an actor writer artist.A quick read that s very easy to pick up again, even if it has the effect of giving you an ear to ear grin at the start and ending with you feeling like you ve been gutted.An incredible, emotional experience I really enjoyed this book Ethan Hawke s writing is fantastic It flows so smoothly and effortlessly that you want to read it straight through which is what I almost did The story was realistic and captured my attention right away I look forward to readingbooks by Ethan Hawke. Yes, it s that Ethan Hawke Ethan Hawke the actor In this slim debut novel, he tells a coming of age tale of a fairly unpleasant young actor from Texas named William who lives in Manhattan and is working his way through an ugly little relationship with a singer songwriter named SarahPlayer of confused but adorable Gen X Romeos in films like Reality Bites and Before Sunrise, Hawke is easily conjured up as a stand in foryear old William Harding, the disaffected narrator of this slim first novel, a boy meets girl, girl dumps boy saga set in a grungy New York of aspiring actors, writers and singers That William, a college dropout and budding actor, falls fast and hard for Sarah Wingfield, who fronts a band, teaches preschool and is a bit funny looking, comes as a revelation to him, given his history of using his good looks for quick sex Sarah casts William s sexual yearnings and his white trash boyhood into sharp relief by reading Adrienne Rich, toting a list of rape statistics and refusing to sleep with him Their doomed romance is intercut with William s memories of his parents breakup, of talks with his best friend and of his overheated teen relationship with Samantha, who still flits in and out of his life When Sarah suddenly, inexplicably rejects him after William returns from making a movie in Paris, he descends into self loathing panic and trashes his apartment His callow cynicism about women and his flattened out, s rendition of Holden Caulfield Samantha wanted to have sex She wasn t doing me any goddamn favors grow wearisome But Hawke s emotionally raw account of a world inescapably contracted is oddly affecting and sure to make many a teenage heart go pit a pat I read this such a long time ago, when it first came out It s a novella, not a novel, per se The characters felt familiar and the angst of William loving someone who didn t even know if she liked him half the time much less loved him gave the piece an honest vibe.However, the lack of details throughout left me frustrated Sarah is a nanny yet never seems to work, though she still manages to afford a New York apartment William is an actor He s successful enough to make a living at it, yet I read this such a long time ago, when it first came out It s a novella, not a novel, per se The characters felt familiar and the angst of William loving someone who didn t even know if she liked him half the time much less loved him gave the piece an honest vibe.However, the lack of details throughout left me frustrated Sarah is a nanny yet never seems to work, though she still manages to afford a New York apartment William is an actor He s successful enough to make a living at it, yet never mentions rehearsing, auditioning, directors, other actors, or the hassles of trying to get ahead in what is surely a difficult industry Sketchy details continue when William gets a part in an independent movie which is shooting in Europe He never mentions what the part is, and for whatever baffling reason, Sarah doesn t bother asking When he trades in his first class ticket for two coach tickets so Sarah can go with him, I was ready to finally bond with them, and believe in their relationship I was thinking of them tackling Europe together, across an ocean with only each other to cling to They aren t well traveled characters but for some reason meet the rush of their new and exciting surroundings with ho hum attitudes Shouldn t at least one of them want to have fun Go sightseeing Get swept away It s as if nothing but the back and forth of maybe I like you or maybe I don t mattered to either of them I know it was a catalyst for William coming to terms with his father later on, but Sarah comes off as a manipulative child rather than sympathetic.I did like William s relationship with his mother That twinge of loneliness and spending Thanksgiving in another house, with another of his mother s boyfriends, when there had been so many of them sort of broke my heart Kudos for that This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here What a bizarre book I did read it in around 1 day couldn t put it down But in the end I felt like it had been a waste of time This book is basically about a guy who falls in love and then the girl dumps him and he takes it badly, but the whole time it seems like it s gonna bewhich is why I couldn t put it down For awhile I thought William was in the midst of a psychotic break hearing voices, erratic, violent behavior, strange physical manifestations like having to pee 20 times in What a bizarre book I did read it in around 1 day couldn t put it down But in the end I felt like it had been a waste of time This book is basically about a guy who falls in love and then the girl dumps him and he takes it badly, but the whole time it seems like it s gonna bewhich is why I couldn t put it down For awhile I thought William was in the midst of a psychotic break hearing voices, erratic, violent behavior, strange physical manifestations like having to pee 20 times in an hour But then he just recovers and gets over the girl with no explanation for all that Then I thought maybe he was figuring out he was gay nope I wasn t sympathetic to his character or the girl who was supposedly so fabulous And so many things didn t hang together like Sarah grew up in CT, lived in Seattle, then moved to NY, but had never been on a plane Yet she has a passport ready to go when he invites her to France And she invites him to visit her preschool classroom and asks him to take a little girl to the bathroom then lie down with her while she falls asleep at naptime Excuse me That s a preschool whose days are numberedCan t believe they turned this into a movie Ethan Hawke will break your heart The Hottest State chronicles one year in the life of young, dashing William Harding aspiring actor and charming lover When he first meets Sarah, a girl unlike any he s ever seen, he knows from the beginning that he s a goner She s beautiful She s elusive Every little thing she does strikes William greatly The passion the two share, the chemistry it s all so surreal, that even he can t believe it He knows right then and there, that she is the one, that s Ethan Hawke will break your heart The Hottest State chronicles one year in the life of young, dashing William Harding aspiring actor and charming lover When he first meets Sarah, a girl unlike any he s ever seen, he knows from the beginning that he s a goner She s beautiful She s elusive Every little thing she does strikes William greatly The passion the two share, the chemistry it s all so surreal, that even he can t believe it He knows right then and there, that she is the one, that she s the one that he ll love forever, but little does he realize that though she may be the pursuit of his pleasure, he is just a twenty year old fool in love, and by time he s twenty one, he ll just be a broken hearted man The way Hawke captures your interest in enthralling He makes you become William Harding I by all means, am not a helpless twenty year old boy in love, but throughout reading the book, I really felt like I was All of William s movements and thoughts, I could relate with It was so eerie When William cried, I felt like crying, and when he got psychotic over his breakup with Sarah, I could feel the pain tugging inside of him There s this one funny scene where he throws furniture around, and it s not funny like haha , but funny because, it s a scene where it should have been a turning point I should have said Wow, this William is nuts But I didn t say that Instead, I found myself cheering him on, because as crazy as he was, the emotion that was seeping throughout all of it, was so legitimate This novel was by far one of them most entertaining novels I ve ever read, and not only because I feel like it s something straight out of my own past, or future, for that matter Ethan Hawke will make you laugh, and he ll make you love William s story, but in the tragic end, Ethan Hawke will break your heart OMG YOU GUYS did you know that Ethan Hawke wrote a novel Two novels, actually And now you know all that you need to know about this book. Surprise, surprise, surprise Ethan Hawke can write, well His debut novel perfectly captures the essence of being young and in love and then the pain of breakup I felt deeply those little moments of first falling in love, the uncertainty and self doubt as you wonder what is it about me that she sees Am I good enough, are we good enough The story changes dramatically as their relationship turns When Samantha decides that she isn t really ready for a relationship, Will s reaction is unhealthy Surprise, surprise, surprise Ethan Hawke can write, well His debut novel perfectly captures the essence of being young and in love and then the pain of breakup I felt deeply those little moments of first falling in love, the uncertainty and self doubt as you wonder what is it about me that she sees Am I good enough, are we good enough The story changes dramatically as their relationship turns When Samantha decides that she isn t really ready for a relationship, Will s reaction is unhealthy, to say the least The tragedy of youth is that Will doesn t have the life experience to strip away the personal feelings about him from her feelings about where she is as an individual I cared about William and Sarah like I haven t cared about characters in a while They ve both loved and lost, their home lives were disastrous, but they both are alive, but in differing ways which is why I felt drawn in As the story progresses and it becomesof Will s story and less of theirs, we seeof how his past affects his ability to rationally approach relationships There are many perfect moments of dialogue Between William and Sarah, in the short scene with them and Sarah s elderly mother, with William and his friends Hawke has a great ear and puts it to good use here.This is not a criticism of Hawke, but there is an easy connection between The hottest state and Reality Bites Not the stories, but the character would fit well at a party together Both works have a heavy Gen X feel to them.I picked this up on a whim almost entirely because I like Hawke, particularly the 90s indie and theatre actor version I m glad I did look forward to reading The Hottest State


About the Author: Ethan Hawke

Ethan Green Hawke is a four time Academy Award nominated American actor, writer and film director.In 1988, Hawke was cast in a role in director Peter Weir s Dead Poets Society the film s success was considered Hawke s breakthrough He left school and appeared in A Midnight Clear, Alive, Reality Bites, Before Sunrise, Gattaca, The Newton Boys, Great Expectations, and many other movies In 2001, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Training Day Hawke directed Chelsea Walls and has written two novels, The Hottest State in 1996 and Ash Wednesday in 2002 In 2005, he received his first screenwriting Oscar nomination for co writing the 2004 film, Before Sunset a sequel to Before Sunrise From October 2006 through May 2007, he was in The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard at Lincoln Center in New York, playing Mikhail Bakunin For this performance, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.


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