Matthew Rettenmund (born December 25, ) is the author of the novels Boy Culture and Blind Items: A (Love) Story, as well as the non-fiction books. Boy Culture is a novel by Matthew Rettenmund. It centers on a call boy in the city of Chicago, Illinois and his two roommates. The protagonist goes by X. Matthew Rettenmund is raising funds for Boy Culture: The Series (indie) (gay) ( lgbt) (comedy) on Kickstarter! Ten years after “Boy Culture” the.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Boy Culture by Matthew Rettenmund. X a wily hustler, has a dilemma. The object of his affections is his roommate Andrew, who is confused about his sexuality. Meanwhile, X’s other roommate-a seventeen-year-old precocious partyboy-is falling for X in a big way.
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One such act is reading this book. I figured that after reading such a heavyweight book asI would cultue a book that uses less resources. For that, I picked up Dulture Culture, as it wasn’t a mammoth book like the previous one I was reading, and so this would go smoothly. Well, the story is rettenmhnd, that’s good, but it was also annoying, and that’s bad. The novel tells the mattbew of X, who is There are things that I do, and regret later.
The novel tells the story mathtew X, who is a gay hustler, who shares an apartment with Joe, who likes him, and Andrew, who he likes. They each have their own issues, and X gets paid to have sex with various men mafthew various forms and shapes. They live in Chicago, and they are full of drama. I suppose that’s all you need to know, plot-wise. What I find annoying is that everything seems to be superficial.
Everything seems to be centered on sex. Everything seems to be centered on the worship of Madonna, and mind you, I am not talking about the religious icon, I am talking about the artist who sang Like a Virgin a couple decades ago.
And what’s worse, the novel is entitled Mattheq Culture. Is this really all of “boy” culture? It’s as if all their brain can process is knowledge of sex and all its derivatives. I am sad to say that if that really rettenmundd gay culture, then it’s a sad one.
A friend of mine who happens to be gay once told me that his lifestyle consists of waking up in the morning, going to work, cycling during the days that it is sunny out, going to the groceries, cleaning his apartment, sharing a bed with his loved one, and so on. Things that “normal” people do. For him, that is the “gay lifestyle”. Nothing along the lines of what is being depicted in this novel. This book gets 1 out of 5 stars. May 05, J. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.
Gettenmund tells himself he’s only in the hustling business because the money is good, but the few repeat customers he’s retained over the years each help showcase a different aspect of X’s personality, giving three dimensions to mathhew character who might have easily been portrayed as just another gay stereotype.
His affection for his roommates is heart-felt, and I really felt his frustration with wanting to go farther with Andrew while fending off the advance I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. His affection for his roommates is heart-felt, and I really felt his frustration with wanting to go farther with Andrew while fending off the advances of other his underage roomie, Joe.
But perhaps the most memorable character for me was one of X’s customers, an older gentleman content to pay X for his company more than his body.
Between the scenes with him and the flashbacks to X’s first gay experiences with his cousin, I found myself rettenmmund fascinated with the characters.
They were well drawn out and likeable, and there was a gritty edginess to the book that made it real to me. I even went so far as to write Mr. Rettenmund a letter thanking him for writing this book, though I never got a response. If you like contemporary gay fiction with an mathew, street-hip edge, and wounded characters who struggle to keep their emotions under tight rein, definitely mtathew this book out.
I think you might be surprised. Apr 20, Mirvan Ereon rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this book so much! It hurts me so much to finish it. I fell in love with it totally.
This is so delightful. I love books about prostitutes and intense sex, and unrequited love. This book covered all of that so exquisitely rettenmunv so erotically. I also love the honesty of the main character. Reftenmund have the lovely menage-a-trois book cover movie-tie in edition of the book. It seems so byo in my shelf and I rettemmund love it. A definite great read. The movie is also very good. I would love to read this aga I love this book so much!
Normally I like to read the book before I watch the movie, I think when I first saw this movie I didn’t know it was a book. In any case I decided to wait a long time after watching the film before reading the rettenmknd, I even chose to not re-watch the film in order to give myself as much space between the movie and the book as I could. Now, having finally gotten enough time since reading the book, I decided it was time to read the book.
My first reaction was that the book was nothing like the movie, Normally I like to read the book before I watch the movie, I think when I first saw mattehw movie I didn’t know it was a book. My first reaction was that the book was nothing like the movie, but that isn’t exactly the truth. While there was a lot that was different, the film is actually a pretty good adaptation of the novel. Jul 08, Bryan Ball rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Some very good parts that almost save the story as a whole in the end, simply, cannot overcome the annoying and immature characters.
What Rettenund liked about the novel the destroyed in the film adaptation, and what I hated about the novel they improved upon, making an uneven companion piece. May 15, J. Jones rated it really liked it. Love love love this book!
Boy Culture by Matthew Rettenmund
I read it several years ago and it has honestly changed my life. Jan 02, Elija rated it it was ok. Belonging to a different generation of gay, many of the references went over my head. Overall, the story is alright. It’s always an hard task to write a good novel from a very good movie, and Dettenmund think that most of the time you like one of them, the novel or the movie, but not both.
So I was hesitant to read “Boy Culture” since I think the movie mxtthew one of the most wonderful gay romance movie out there. Retyenmund the book is even better! Maybe since it’s not an adaptation, but it was a novel way before it was made into a movie?
I think that the novel is better since the main hero, “X”, has an innocence that was lost in It’s always an hard task to write a good novel from a very good movie, and I think that most of the time you like one of them, rertenmund novel or retyenmund movie, but not both. I think that the novel is better matthw the main hero, “X”, has an innocence that was lost in the movie; the movie was also more “Hollywood” style, in the break and following declaration of forever love wonderful scene with the two actors making out on the stairsthat X rettsnmund Andrew actually don’t have: A thing I didn’t like of the book is the output of X’s relationship with Gregory, the octogenarian trick who tells X stories, and who helps him to realize he is in love with Andrew.
Like in the movie, Gregory lies to Boh, but in the novel X is not able to forgive him I feel sad for Gregory, I think it’s not his fault if he was like that, it was a generation gap. But probably X has to break with Gregory since of all his tricks, he is the only one with whom X really betrays Andrew.
For being an hustler, X has a strange concept of betrayal and fidelity, something I’m not sure it came out from the movie. X’s first love was a cousin of him, the boy who took his virginity when he was 13 years old and who broke his heart soon after. From this very bad first experience X learned two things: So X as an hustler tops only, and in a way, he remains pure and innocent, he is not selling love, bboy is selling something being a bottom that he will not share with his real lover, so it’s not important.
When X starts to think that it would be nice to have a boyfriend, to find Mr Right, he falls for his roommate Andrew, a man that in the book is stronger than X, both in body that in morality. It’s so tender to hear X’s thoughts when he cullture that he is no longer a virgin, he did everything with his body, but he is still virgin in one thing, no one ever really loved him.
Only for this thoughts I think he is a lot stronger than what he thinks. The book closes in a nice way, in a way that makes me think if there is not something of the author himself in X All in all, thinking that this is a novel published in the ’90, I’m surprise of mxtthew much a romance it’s there is even a reference to Fabio, the jatthew cover model