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REVIEW: “Changing the Things you Can” by Ari McKay



Devastated by the death of his best friend from a drug overdose, rock star Devon Bailey retreats to his hometown to grieve. When his fragile emotional state causes him to break down in a local bakery, owner Michael Behrman comes to his rescue.

Michael’s nurturing instincts prompt him to reach out to Devon, offering support and a comforting shoulder, and the two grow closer. Michael’s feelings for Devon deepen into something more–but how can he know whether Devon feels anything more for him than gratitude?


Sometimes you read a story, sometimes you listen to a story, and if you are lucky, sometimes you feel a story. The last? I consider this a rare gift. Not only were these authors able to create such powerful emotions my blood hummed, but they left me sated while craving more. What a treat!

Short stories are especially tricky to pull off. How do you draw the reader in and give them a satisfactory ride in a few dozen pages? I can’t imagine it’s an easy feat. However, this wasn’t lacking in the slightest and though I was ‘full’ when I reached the final page, I would LOVE a nibble more. This is a win-win as far as I’m concerned.

Rock star Devon Bailey supposedly has it all. Perfect example of how appearances can be deceiving. Money, fame, and all his dreams have come true. But then suddenly his dreams become a nightmare. His best friend dies; victim of a losing battle with drugs. The guilt, the pain, the grief he suffered was so….real.

Due to the lack of length, we are thrown into the tragedy on page one. Not a lot of background but that’s okay. It wasn’t necessary. It wasn’t about the past, for the spotlight was on the future. Or more precisely it was focused on, how to recover from all-encompassing grief and allow yourself a happily ever after. Not a lot of steam either, but again it didn’t need it. It wasn’t about sex, it’s about love and the power it holds to heal.

Devon finds his world shattering and in return, he shatters. Running to the first safe place he can think of, he returns to his home town. He crosses paths with an old acquaintance and relishes in his kindness and genuine friendship. Michael demonstrates that miracles appear when we least expect them. It’s okay to grab onto love when it blooms and hold on with both hands, because it might be the only thing keeping you afloat.

If you are looking for a short story with a burst of emotions, I highly recommend this sweet yet sensitive treat.



ChangingtheThingsYouCan_LGTitle: Changing the Things you Can
Author: Ari McKay
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Pages: 43
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner

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This entry was posted on June 17, 2014 by in Musicians, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , , , .

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