'When Timothy Conigrave falls in love with the captain of the football team, John Caleo, at their Catholic all-boys school in Melbourne, the two embark on a passionate journey of love, betrayal and forgiveness. This bestselling true story is at once sexy, romantic, funny and sad - a masterpiece of authentic emotion that you won't forget.'

I absolutely adored this book.

I absolutely loved everything about this book. The story was so honest and raw, the way in which Timothy Conigrave didn't shy away from the hard topics and the way in which he spilled his emotions onto the page made for a truly heartbreaking read.

I loved that we got to experience the relationship between Tim and John as they were growing up. Watching their relationship grow and mature from high school to adulthood was a fantastic thing to experience.

The fact that their relationship was far from perfect really hit home at how human this story truly is. No one is perfect and no relationship is perfect, and I think Timothy Conigrave did a fantastic job in showing that throughout this book.

One of the greatest things about this book was the relationships. Not just Tim and John's, but the relationships between their friends and families. Getting to see how each of the boy's families and friends reacted to them being gay made for a genuinely moving reading experience.

This book is one of the most beautiful novels that I have ever read, the fact that it is a true story makes it all the more heartbreaking. I honestly don't have a bad word to say about this book. I truly believe the world is a better place with this book in it.

Holding The Man by Timothy Conigrave is a must read book that will stay with you long after the final page.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker