Is there any movies out there like the movie Shelter or the book The Vast Fields Of Ordinary?

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    May 05, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    Just saw the movie Shelter.

    Absolutely fell in love with it.

    The Vast fields Of Ordinary is my favorite book.



    I was just wondering if their are any movies that are like the book or the movie?

    Basically cute romantic movies about teenagers having coming out issues, love problems, etc?

    Maybe even recommend me some books that are also in that genre.
  • starboard5

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    May 06, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    The Cranberry Hush, by Ben Monopoli. It's an ebook available for Kindle and maybe the Nook, too. One of the nicest books I've read in the last year.
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    May 06, 2012 6:24 AM GMT
    starboard5 saidThe Cranberry Hush, by Ben Monopoli. It's an ebook available for Kindle and maybe the Nook, too. One of the nicest books I've read in the last year.


    Im on the last chapter of Cranberry Hush, not sure what went wrong with me but I have to say I'm not a fan of this book. Started reading months ago and haven't finished it.

    I highly recommended Something Like Summer by Jay Bell, gifted it to my friend for his birthday and he finished the book hours later, once you start reading it you can not put it down, its that good icon_smile.gif They are making a movie base on this book.

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    Also check out A Better Place by Mark Roeder and Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (This one has good reviews on Amazon so it will be my next read)
  • Coug24_wyo

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    May 06, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
    that does look good starboard! thanks for the suggestion I'm going to give that a a read when I can.
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    May 06, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    Latter Days is one of my favorite movies. Right up there with Shelter.

    A trilogy of books I like is the Rainbow Boys Series. Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High and Rainbow Road. By Alex Sanchez.
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    May 06, 2012 8:35 AM GMT
    I heart reading books like this, just found my new summer reading books thanks yall icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 06, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    BlueJeans90 said
    starboard5 saidThe Cranberry Hush, by Ben Monopoli. It's an ebook available for Kindle and maybe the Nook, too. One of the nicest books I've read in the last year.


    Im on the last chapter of Cranberry Hush, not sure what went wrong with me but I have to say I'm not a fan of this book. Started reading months ago and haven't finished it.

    I highly recommended Something Like Summer by Jay Bell, gifted it to my friend for his birthday and he finished the book hours later, once you start reading it you can not put it down, its that good icon_smile.gif They are making a movie base on this book.

    sms-cover.jpg

    Also check out A Better Place by Mark Roeder and Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (This one has good reviews on Amazon so it will be my next read)


    The Cranberry Hush may not be for everyone. There's not a lot of physical action in it. It's a meditative book, well written, closely examining memory and the past and the persistent effect they can have on the present. I thought it was an interesting portrait of a situation a lot of us have found ourselves in: loving someone who, through no choice of their own, is incapable of returning the same kind of love. I didn't like the ending; it seemed like a forced happy one that violated the momentum of the rest of the story, but overall, it was a satisfying read for me.

    Some other titles the OP may enjoy:
    Comfort and Joy, by Jim Grimsley
    The Year of Ice, by Brian Malloy
    What They Always Tell Us, by Martin Wilson

    I read Something Like Summer. It was entertaining, but not well written and it strained credibility.
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    May 06, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    starboard5 said
    BlueJeans90 said
    starboard5 saidThe Cranberry Hush, by Ben Monopoli. It's an ebook available for Kindle and maybe the Nook, too. One of the nicest books I've read in the last year.


    Im on the last chapter of Cranberry Hush, not sure what went wrong with me but I have to say I'm not a fan of this book. Started reading months ago and haven't finished it.

    I highly recommended Something Like Summer by Jay Bell, gifted it to my friend for his birthday and he finished the book hours later, once you start reading it you can not put it down, its that good icon_smile.gif They are making a movie base on this book.

    sms-cover.jpg

    Also check out A Better Place by Mark Roeder and Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (This one has good reviews on Amazon so it will be my next read)


    The Cranberry Hush may not be for everyone. There's not a lot of physical action in it. It's a meditative book, well written, closely examining memory and the past and the persistent effect they can have on the present. I thought it was an interesting portrait of a situation a lot of us have found ourselves in: loving someone who, through no choice of their own, is incapable of returning the same kind of love. I didn't like the ending; it seemed like a forced happy one that violated the momentum of the rest of the story, but overall, it was a satisfying read for me.

    Some other titles the OP may enjoy:
    Comfort and Joy, by Jim Grimsley
    The Year of Ice, by Brian Malloy
    What They Always Tell Us, by Martin Wilson

    I read Something Like Summer. It was entertaining, but not well written and it strained credibility.


    Cranberry Hush is a nice story but it seems stuck, the characters are not so well developed. I was keep waiting for the author to enlighten me, make me smile and giggle like a 15 yo girl, make my heart ache but I was bored. There were not any special moment. Like you said, its an light (very light). But to each his own I suppose. Maybe you enjoy this book more because you can relate to it. I admit Something Like Summer has its flaws but there are so many special moments that make you overlook it. I feel the last part was a bit rushed, like he was so close to have a 300 pages book he couldnt wait to finish it. I wished he took the time and give more details into it. But overall the characters and story are very well developed.
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    May 06, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman is a great book, summer love story between a late-teens boy and a young college graduate who comes to stay in his parents summer home in Italy. Descriptive and lyrical, thoughtful, with a beautiful love story. One of my favourite books ever.

    Another one, if you're looking for young love, with a lighter kind of mood, is the late Perry Moore's Hero. Really great story, an (extra)ordinary young high school kid, struggling to come to terms with who he is, living in the shadows of an ultra Alpha-male father.....finds out a lot about himself, and a lot about love. Fun read, you could knock it out in a few days, easily.

    In terms of movies, Shelter and Latter Days have both been mentioned. If you haven't seen Milk, I highly recommend it. Phenomenal movie. It doesn't talk about one gay man's struggle, so much as it does every gay person's struggle to come out, to accept who you are. I saw it yesterday for the first time, and I was absolutely floored. Sean Penn is amazing in the lead role.
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    May 06, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone, I'll be sure to check all these awesome sounding books out! icon_biggrin.gif

    Thanks for your opinions and such! icon_smile.gif
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    May 07, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    greekguy79 saidCall Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman is a great book, summer love story between a late-teens boy and a young college graduate who comes to stay in his parents summer home in Italy. Descriptive and lyrical, thoughtful, with a beautiful love story. One of my favourite books ever.

    Another one, if you're looking for young love, with a lighter kind of mood, is the late Perry Moore's Hero. Really great story, an (extra)ordinary young high school kid, struggling to come to terms with who he is, living in the shadows of an ultra Alpha-male father.....finds out a lot about himself, and a lot about love. Fun read, you could knock it out in a few days, easily.

    In terms of movies, Shelter and Latter Days have both been mentioned. If you haven't seen Milk, I highly recommend it. Phenomenal movie. It doesn't talk about one gay man's struggle, so much as it does every gay person's struggle to come out, to accept who you are. I saw it yesterday for the first time, and I was absolutely floored. Sean Penn is amazing in the lead role.


    Thanks for the suggestion, It look like a good read, I'll check it out as soon as I finish my finals ....