Hey, y’all! It is time for Man Crush Monday, the day when the internets are abuzz with girls plastering pics of their heartthrobs on Instagram and Twitter. Only here at ChickLitChickadees, we do things a little differently. Rather than post half naked photos of famous celebrities who are DBags in real life, we give a shout out to our favorite male literary characters.
When I read Gates of Thread and Stone, I was definitely drawn to Kai’s shopkeeper friend, Avan. Not only is he cute, but he’s also kind. (Anyone else get all swoony when he added extra food for free to Kai’s groceries? No? Just me?) Add in the fact that he overcame adversity in the form of his home life (abusive father, ill mother), and you’ve got a guy with great character, which makes for a damn good story, and an awesome candidate for this week’s ManCrushMonday!
Avan is described by Kai as being too cool for school. You get the distinct impression that he was one of the “popular kids.” That being said, it also comes to light that this might be a front, a way to mask his pain.
His sexual history points to a boy so afraid of going home to his violent, drunken father, he would go home with anyone who offered him an escape. Avan himself said that his choices weren’t based on gender. The reader is lead to believe that he was motivated to seek comfort.
Whatever his past, his present in the book is book boyfriend worthy! He is patient, understanding, protective, and overall, AMAZING.
One irritant was how the chemistry between Kai and Avan was obvious, but they always danced around their feelings rather than embracing it.
I won’t get into too many details about the results of their feels, or what happens with Avan, because SPOILERS. Just read the book yourself! And then email me so we can freak out together. Because OHMYWORD! Lori M. Lee, you’re KILLING me!
Have you read this story yet? What do you think of Avan?