Title: Fence Sitter
Author: Alex_deMorra (Ergo_Sum)
Length: 100k +
Warnings: Child Abuse
Summary: Micah Swaeler doesn’t fit in. Anywhere. His family hardly speaks to him, his friends come and go, and he can’t quite figure out how to love somebody. Or how to be loved.
Until he does. And when he does, he learns how much support he’s had all along.
Micah’s story is told in a series of short stories that take place from the time he is four until the time he is thirty-four. While the stories go back and forth through time, each one reveals something more about things that have happened to him, things that he’s done, things that he’s told himself. Each story explores identity through family, athletics, friendship, sexuality, of one man’s transition from being a victim to being a survivor.
Review: I started reading it when I looked up for new things to embrace into my subscription list- and stumbled upon one of the parts of the story (the story is divided into a series of short ‘chapters’ in the main character’s life). I decided to give it a chance before I skip over it. I chose to ignore the awfully low number of notes the story got, because I realised it made me miss on so many beautiful stories in the past. (Like, seriously, if you find a story that sounds interesting and has hardly any notes to it- click it before you regret it)
This story is so sincere and honest that you can’t help but fall in love with it. even though there is mention of abuse, and the main character is dealing with it- I found myself wanting to be stronger and shoulder up to whoever tried to harm little Micah. Micah is a wonderful narrator, he explains the world around him in a way that doesn’t need a lot of details in order to feel whole. Alex DeMora made a successful attempt at writing both from a child’s perspective and from an adult’s point of view without it being unnatural and weird to read, in fact, Micah remains in the reader’s head as both the child he was and the adult he is while all this time he is Micah as a soul and as a character.
It’s true, it’s in your face, it makes your heart squeeze really tight, and it eventually finds its way into your heart.
It was the first time in my life that instead of feeling frustrated with what happens in a story that deals with Drama, Abuse and Growing Up- I only felt that I simply wanted to read more and more (and more) of it. the little pains in my heart the comes with the what’s written in the story makes it all the more sweeter.
Oh, and as a side note- the smexy scenes of totally smexy.