What It Takes

What It Takes Moments after Milo Graham s family relocate to Cape Cod he meets Andrew Witherell launching a lifelong friendship built on a foundation of deep bonds secret forts and plans for the future When Milo

  • Title: What It Takes
  • Author: Jude Sierra
  • ISBN: 9781941530597
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Moments after Milo Graham s family relocate to Cape Cod, he meets Andrew Witherell launching a lifelong friendship built on a foundation of deep bonds, secret forts, and plans for the future When Milo is called home from college to attend his domineering father s funeral, he and Andrew finally act on their mutual attraction But, doubtful of his worth, Milo decides to sevMoments after Milo Graham s family relocate to Cape Cod, he meets Andrew Witherell launching a lifelong friendship built on a foundation of deep bonds, secret forts, and plans for the future When Milo is called home from college to attend his domineering father s funeral, he and Andrew finally act on their mutual attraction But, doubtful of his worth, Milo decides to sever all ties with his childhood friend Circumstances send both men home again years later, and their long held feelings will not be denied But will they have what it takes to find lasting love

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    About “Jude Sierra”

    1. Jude Sierra

      Jude began her writing career at the age of eight when she immortalized her summer vacation with ten entries in a row that read pool tv.As a sucker for happy endings and well written emotional arcs and characters, Jude is an unapologetic bookaholic She finds bookstores and libraries unbearably sexy and, to her husband s dismay, is attempting to create her own in their living room.She is a writer of many things that hope to find their way out of the sanctuary of her hard drive, and many that have found a home in a fanfiction community.She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Writing and Rhetoric and managing a home filled with her husband, two young sons, and two cats Her first novel, Hush, was published in 2015 and her second novel, What it Takes, was published in January of 2016 She has an upcoming novel, Idlewild, coming in October of 2016

    839 thoughts on “What It Takes”

    1. Qué belleza de libro. Las páginas emanan sentimientos desde la primera a la última. Milo y Andrew se conocen desde los 8 años, pasan de ser mejores amigos a estar enamorados, pero las cosas son muy complicadas en la vida de Milo siendo su separación la consecuencia, y ¿qué pasará en el reencuentro?La historia no es sobre la amistad, cómo maduran los personajes, cómo descubren su sexualidad, es todas estas cosas y fundamentalmente es una historia de amor profundo, y como suele ser el am [...]


    2. Precioso :_)Milo y Andrew se van directitos a la balda de mis OTPs adoradas donde espero que sean muy felices juntos por siempre jamás. La historia del amor entre ellos te llega al corazón y te lo estruja bien estrujado. (view spoiler)[ Esas escenas en el cobertizo Se me rompía el corazón por Andrew(hide spoiler)]Me han gustado muchísimo sus conversaciones, me han parecido muy naturales. Y a pesar de la premisa argumental, la autora no se regodea en el drama ni tira de angst para rellenar. [...]


    3. Wow, what a powerfully beautiful story!I am a sucker for beautiful writing and this was poetic and evocative and everything I love <3Both painful and hopeful, Andrew and Milo's story is going to stick with me. So recommended!


    4. That. Was. Stunning!I picked this up at 2 am thinking I'd read a chapter or two, then go to sleep. So wrong! I was captivated and ensnared from page one and could not put it down until I finished.This book is achingly beautiful. Painful. Poetic. The writing is superb. The characters are rich and nuanced. The story is exquisitely poignant.I always say to earn 5 stars from me, I have to experience depth of emotion and I need to become fully immersed in the story. I could have drowned in the ocean [...]


    5. Beautiful. Lush prose. Intimate. One of the best coming-of-age, unrequited love/best-friends-to-lovers books I have ever read. I read it a second time immediately after finishing it the first time.


    6. Wow!! All the stars for this one. A joy and a pleasure to read for someone who loves YA fiction. Lush, richly descriptive prose, complete with fully rounded characters makes me a very happy bunny indeed BUT it’s so full of angst that you may feel tempted to hit someone or something [and don’t forget to have tissues handy]. In fact, it’s a rather wonderful slow-burn love story with 2 likeable but intense young MC’s who grab your heart right from the start and won’t let go. Hopefully, it [...]


    7. Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews. What it Takes starts with Milo and his parents moving to Cape Cod where he meets Andrew after just a few days there. They’re both eight years old and instantly hit it off. I loved to see their friendship grow from Milo keeping secrets from Andrew to them sharing their most intimate secrets. I loved to see both characters develop from kids to teenagers to young adults and then finally see them when they're all grown up.I want to take a bow for how Ms Sie [...]


    8. Oh my. It was one of the most beautiful m/m books I've ever read. The best second chances story. The best friends to lovers story. And so much more. It was like I wanted to read it faster because I needed to know what happened next - and at the same time I wanted to stay with it, its world, its characters, for so much longer. It was sad - and beautiful, hopeful - and beautiful. It left something with me that will stay.Milo and Andrew - they both are so bright and so impossible NOT to love - and [...]


    9. Me ha gustado mucho, bien narrado y unos personajes bien construidos, sin embargo debo decir que por momentos no sabía si estaba leyendo una novela de amor o me encontraba en medio de terapia, me ha dejado mentalmente exhausta y aunque hay un final feliz, todo el libro está teñido de un inevitable (al menos eso creo por las vivencias de ambos) aire melancólico que no es lo que más me suele gustar en novela romántica. Por otro lado, no lo califico como tal. Merece mucho la pena si te gustan [...]


    10. I had the distinct privilege of reading Jude Sierra’s newest book a bit early, and oh, I am so excited that it's finally able to be shared with the world. What a joy it is. I truly, truly LOVE this book. A departure from her first novel, Hush, which was a highly sexual tale that wrestled with magic and consent and drawing boundaries, Sierra’s second novel through Interlude Press chronicles the story of two men, friends since childhood, and their journeys together and apart as they grow into [...]


    11. This is a wonder of a novel. It’s intimate and beautifully written. It’s full of bright laughing friendship and the hazards of growing up, the ways other people can hurt you and the ways you can heal yourself. The lead characters, Milo and Andrew are beautiful and so deeply known here that although they grabbed me from the first there aren’t simple words for them. In one moment Andrew is soft, pretty nerdy, willing to sacrifice so much for Milo. In another he is mature and deeply sure of h [...]


    12. *copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**At eight years old Milo's family moves to the Cape. Milo is upset one day and while running down the beach, he runs over Andrew, literally. They become fast friends, but Milo has secrets. Secrets he can't share with anyone. We follow these young boys as they grow into pre-teens, teenagers and eventually go off to college. Then Milo's abuser, his father dies while he's in college. Even though the physica [...]



    13. I was so lucky to be able to start off my literary escapades for the New Year on the right foot – with Jude Sierra’s second book, “What it Takes”. I so thoroughly enjoyed her first book, “Hush”, and therefore had pretty high expectations for this novel. I wasn’t disappointed. “What it Takes” explores the relationship between Andrew and Milo, who met when they were just 8 years old and immediately bonded. Milo’s life has not been easy due to his overbearing, abusive father, an [...]


    14. I was lucky enough to meet the lovely Ms. Sierra at the Romantic Times Convention this year, and get a copy of this book signed for me. :D It was a beautiful story, and the writing -- gah!! I wish I were a better reviewer because I really can't express how lovely it was. Ms. Sierra has a gorgeous turn of phrase that just draws you in, and it's a gentle sort of gorgeousness -- the lyrical prose never overwhelms you or pulls you out of the story. Instead it carries you along like the tide as you j [...]


    15. What it takes, it seems, is time. The “it” might be love here (or it might be a sense of peace, or knowing yourself), and the time is a lot—this is not about instant gratification, but about coming together and apart many times, in a long rhythm; it’s about how something builds, how it accretes, how it becomes rather than how it is. The novel covers half a lifetime for Milo and Andrew, from their meeting as children on the beach until mid-adulthood (and I won’t give away what that enta [...]


    16. The keyword for this novel is intimate. It’s all about intimacy–both good and bad, healthy and unhealthy, caring and abusive. It’s about ultimate bonds, and secrets, and feelings that last decades. It’s about the different ways intimacy can affect relationships, and how when you find the real thing, you can’t let it go.Milo and Andrew are childhood best friends. They grow up together, learn themselves together, share each other’s darkest secrets from eight to eighteen. They stumble a [...]


    17. Timing is everything -- at least, it is for Andrew and Milo. Unfortunately for them, many of the gray areas of their friendship boil down to the fact that they both have spectacularly awful timing. Add in a past Milo can't seem to escape despite his best efforts, drastically different approaches to life and love and sex, and a magnetic compatibility that refuses to be ignored, and they're a powder keg just seconds away from exploding. No wonder they decide the safest way for them to move forward [...]


    18. A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsChildhood friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite types of stories to read and when angst is added in it can be a perfect storm. But the way this story was presented and then unfolded, the angst wasn’t as quite as intense as expected.Milo’s father controls every aspect of his life and Milo lives in constant fear and anxiety that ramps up through the years. Most of the scenes with Milo’s father are off page and not explicit. Andrew is Milo’s confidant and qui [...]


    19. This deserves a longer review, which I'll write the next time I read it. But in short, from now, I really loved it. I enjoyed her writing style a lot, I liked the story (and both boys), and I liked the way she told it. This was a very sweet read that felt very real and genuine. The book deals with some tough topics, and I thought they were handled well. I was also pleasantly surprised when the story veered away from where I was expecting—I enjoy being pleasantly surprised like that.I'll defini [...]


    20. 4/5! I absolutely loved this book so much. The characters were amazing, and the direction the story went was so, so good (Even though it kinda broke my heart at first). Also (view spoiler)[ it didn't go in the direction where "they get together and magically all the characters are fine" ending that you get a lot of the time, which thank you. (hide spoiler)]


    21. I was fortunate to get my hands on an ARC of Jude Sierra’s second novel, What It Takes. Jude has a background in poetry, and she has a lyrical writing style that I was really looking forward to reading. This is maybe one of the most intimate reading experiences I’ve ever had.I fell into the world immediately–it’s the type of story that starts right away, and she has such skill at doling out exposition in a way that never slows the reading down. I mean, never.At one point I realized that [...]


    22. Captivated is how I felt reading this book. I was gone, I disappeared into the story. It feels a little like a modern day fairytale without the cliche and and all the love winning in the end.


    23. Picture a small town on Cape Cod, the ocean waves rolling across the sand, and two boys becoming fast friends over sand dunes, woodland trails and a fort they built to escape the world.Milo is a young boy with a horrific home life courtesy of an abusive father and a terrified mother. Andrew, his best friend, is his main source of escape from the nightmare that is his family. Sierra writes the pain and fear of Milo’s life with such accuracy. Certain scenes were gut-wrenching as I felt his anxie [...]


    24. This book kept me up 2 nights in a row - it's one of those that once I started it I just could not put it down. For me what I enjoy getting to know the characters & watch their relationship develop, feel the connection, their joys and suffering. For me it's what gets me invested in the book. Reading Andrew's and Milo's story from the beginning had it all, I felt for both of these guys equally at different times through this story, so many feelz. Great book!


    25. This book begins right back in Milo and Andrew's childhoods—how they first meet, how their lives come to be intertwined. At this point in the book, you might be thinking that you know what's going to happen. That you know where this is going, that it'll follow a predictable pattern. Boy, would you be wrong. The beauty of this story is that every time you think it's going to zig, it zags, and you're left catching your breath and hoping and wishing for the characters. You're drawn into a world t [...]


    26. Most of this book was fantastic. I loved both of the main characters. Watching them grow up together and slowly fall in love with each other was perfect, just like a friends-to-lovers romance should be. But their two big communication failure episodes didn't work for me at all, to the point where it threw me out of my enjoyment of the story. The first one happened so fast I wasn't even quite sure what had happened or why, and I had to go back and reread. The later parts of the book, with the two [...]


    27. What It Takes by Jude Sierra is a wonderful novel about two boys coming of age and coming together. I fell in love with Milo and Andrew instantly, and the strength of their bond as young boys was a beautiful thing to witness. My heart ached for both of them as they struggled to deal with the reality of Milo's home life, and I found myself choking back tears at more than one point in the first half of the story.What I loved about Jude Sierra's Hush was the way she wrote prose that was nearly poet [...]


    28. gah, this book was frustratinge writing is lovely and totally worth 5 starsever, the story itself was not my favorite thing. Milo and Andrew spend the vast majority of the book not in a relationship with each other (at least not a relationship beyond friendship) and the longing/yearning/angsty angst they both have for each other is its own presence in the book. "They both martyred themselves in youthful idiocy" basically sums up the book while I enjoyed the writing and would read something else [...]


    29. 5 why did it take me song to read this amazing book stars. This book made me cry! I felt like my heart was breaking for the majority of this book - breaking for both Milo and Andrew and it was worth the heartbreak, because their story is beautiful. Cannot recommend enough!


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