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Warren and Silas meet for the first time at the age of five. It doesn’t go well.When they reach junior high they have a truce in place and Tal, a new guy in their class, acts as a catalyst, bringing them together as best friends. Together all through high school, they survive school plays, Tal’s girlfriends, Silas’ boyfriend and Warren’s endless studying. College is more of the same, until Silas and Tal coax Warren out of the closet. For Warren nothing changes, but for Silas the world has unexpectedly changed forever. He had no idea he was in love with his best friend at all, and when he finally tells Warren the reaction is another surprise.Prove it.Warren knows all about Silas, knows the tricks, the games, the very best and the very worst about him, and Warren loves him back. But Warren also knows that if they’re going to be together it’s got to be forever, and he can’t just risk everything for what might be another one of Silas’ whims.Silas has to prove he loves Warren, and he wants to do just that. But how do you win the heart of someone who knows you better than anyone else?
Prove it is one of the most wonderful coming of age stage stories I’ve read. It has the kind of writing that makes you smile as you’re reading it. You get all warm and fuzzy.
It’s a gorgeous story about three best friends – two of which fall in love. I loved the affectionate tone the characters were written with – and the affection they had for each other growing up. I loved how each character was so different from the other – even the couple of supporting characters were well written. Their best friend Tal is their emotional compass who gently steers them in the right direction – never with too much pressure, but always with care and acceptance. Then there’s Tal’s girlfriend Olivia who adds a certain candid, non-meddling wisdom that you’d imagine three young men would need. She was also awesome. She’s also a stand-up chick that I’d love to call a friend. :)
But this isn’t just about friends becoming lovers. It’s about *friendship*. It’s about growth, patience, love and understanding. It’s about the comfort of seeing friendships through the years and letting those relationships nurture you, just as much as you nurture them; and it was written so well. 179 pages of purposeful storyline. Furthermore, I didn’t feel like this story was entirely about Silas “proving it” to his friend and love – Warren, it felt more like these kids growing up with honestly good friendships.
And, um, their “first time”? It was magic.
You can be sure that I will pick up more work by Chris Owen.