Just Hit Send by Grasshop­per

Business Bhutan - - Opinion - KEZANG CHODEN

I prob­a­bly make a big deal out of some things. My friend says, “But you wouldn’t be Kezang if you didn’t over­act to ev­ery­thing.” Well, this is not one of those times. When I say that this book is an ab­so­lute thun­der­storm, the word doesn’t even be­gin to cover it. Beau­ti­ful is an un­der­state­ment for its poignant and bit­ter­sweet na­ture – 950 pages of raw emo­tions, sad­ness, hap­pi­ness and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. I found this story on a web­site for gay sto­ries. Be­fore you jump to con­clu­sions, no, it’s not a smut web­site. It’s ac­tu­ally a place with won­der­fully writ­ten sto­ries about love and ev­ery­thing that comes with be­ing dif­fer­ent and lov­ing wrong (or right). I found this anony­mous writer who calls him­self Grasshop­per, and well, fell in love with his sto­ries. ‘Just Hit Send’ is the first book in what looks like a se­ries, with­out the tra­di­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics. Mean­ing there are two short sto­ries and one more book that ei­ther fol­low or in­ter­min­gle some char­ac­ters from ‘Just Hit Send’. The book is di­vided into four parts: The High School Years, The Col­lege Years, The In­terim Years, and The Happy Years. If I sit back and think about it, it’s a story about two guys who love each other to death. Sim­ple as that. But it’s also so much more than that. Jor­dan (Jordy) and Daniel (Danny)’s love story be­gins when one lonely boy asks on the In­ter­net if some­one would lis­ten, and the other equally lonely types, “I will”. Jordy and Danny’s lives are filled with tests and tri­als, some break­ing them, oth­ers mak­ing them stronger. While Jordy yearns and mourns for the love from his fa­ther that he never got, Danny must fight to ac­cept his in­abil­ity to walk. Their story ex­pands over a time span of about a decade. Through the con­sis­tent heart­breaks and in­ter­nal strug­gles from post trau­matic stresses, they touch count­less lives. And dis­cover if love is enough to pro­tect them­selves from prej­u­dices, jeal­ousy, and scars. There were parts that were dif­fi­cult to read and left me snivel­ing but it’s also a heart­warm­ing story about true love. The book ref­er­ences Loren Eise­ley’s fa­mous starfish story about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and it touched me. I learned that story in class seven (it was in the new English text­book) and it had made such a big im­pact on me as a kid. Read the story here. ‘Just Hit Send’ is a free on­line book (with good gram­mar I promise you. It’s amaz­ingly writ­ten). The au­thor wrote for peo­ple lack­ing love to say that it will get bet­ter, and peo­ple tak­ing away that love that love has no gen­der. I think ev­ery­one should read this book, even if you are a ho­mo­phobe. Es­pe­cially if you are a ho­mo­phobe be­cause I feel like if you read this book and if you have a heart, you will see. You will see, and you will know, that love re­ally is just love. Noth­ing else. If any on­line book should get pub­lished, this is it. Not Fifty Shades of Grey. Ex­tracts from ‘Just Hit Send’ You know that feel­ing you get when some­thing is so beau­ti­ful, it makes you choke up? That per­fect sun­set, that one spe­cial song, the way the rain feels on a hot sum­mer day, the first taste of that choco­late eclair? As Jor­dan un­dressed Danny, fin­ger­tips tin­gling across his skin; as he slid his own clothes off and stretched out be­side the boy he loved, Jor­dan felt an ache in his heart so huge, so pain­ful. What she didn’t ex­pect to see was her son, her baby, kiss­ing another boy, not out of silli­ness, not out of play­ful­ness, but what could only be love, pas­sion, ten­der­ness. Tears blinded her as her mind raced in ev­ery di­rec­tion. She had never seen any­thing so beau­ti­ful. So beau­ti­ful ....... or so wrong! She knew now what it was she was feel­ing ev­ery time her son and that boy were in the same room. Jor­dan hung up, his heart break­ing. “Marks, can your heart break over and over un­til the pieces don’t ever fit back to­gether?” He sat down be­side her on the sofa and she tugged his head onto her lap. Smooth­ing his soft blonde hair away from the tears slid­ing down his cheeks, she an­swered, “I hope not, Jordy. For your sake, I hope not.” Don’t feel in­tim­i­dated by the num­ber of pages. It’s a highly com­pelling read. I felt like it ended too soon.

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