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Night Flight On the run from the FBITargeted by a murderous cultLabeled a cyber terrorist by the mediaIrritated texts from his best friendEye contact with a nice looking guy on the trainAidan has a lot to deal with and he's not uite sure which takes top priorityFinding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night Aidan does what any red blooded seventeen year old would do he tries to hook up with someone new But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone faceless federal agents his eccentric family and naturally a cyber terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find himHe soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants before he gets caught or killed But for Aidan the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him including himself me reading this gay thriller about waking up next to your super hot and definitely dead hook up from last night Alright everyone who thinks I don't like young adult novels— Swipe Right for Murder is living proof that I do in fact stumble across a few over the years that I love Derek Milman's upcoming YA adventure thriller is hands down my favorite YA novel of 2019 In fact it may be the best YA novel that I've ever read Seventeen year old Aidan has a hotel room in New York City but he's enjoying the time spent there with his friend Jackson and Jackson's girlfriend Tatianna All three are on the precipice of high school graduation where everyone but Aidan has a solid view on what they want to do afterwards As Aidan settles into his hotel for the night he logs onto his hook up app DirtyPaws Hi fictional Grindr and meets with an older gentlemen for a nightcap After hooking up with this man Aidan falls asleep in his room—but he wakes up to the hook up murdered Shocked and afraid Aidan finds out that this man was involved in a cyber terrorist group in some manner and flees before the police can apprehend him Since Aidan's discovery of this murder thrusted him into the spotlight—both with the FBI and this terrorist organization—Aidan must make the right decision in order to surviveListen I can talk about Swipe Right for Murder for days It's really that good So please slide into my DMs when you read this story so we can chat This book is a fun adventure novel but also has some clear messages that I think anyone who identifies in the LGBT community would appreciate The book talks about justice for euality and civil rights; the way in which our country's societal pendulum has been swinging against our favor lately; and it realistically touches on how it is to be gay in a modern day society Without providing any spoilers—as the story progressed I identified with Aidan's moral dilemma on right and wrong Aidan's moral compass struggled to justify his actions at times and I completely resonated with that conflict he was inflicting upon himself I can't and won't talk about what I mean with that but when you read this book you'll know exactly what I meanAs part of the YA formula there is a romance story of some kind but it's not over the top and honestly I kind of fell in love with this character too Oh my god am I Aidan The romance arc actually put the overall plot on a pedestal and had me so much interested in what exactly was going to happen to the book's characters I became invested in their wellbeing and having that interest peak for all the characters is a difficult feat for many authors to accomplish The formula for Swipe Right for Murder is vastly original and I really enjoyed being taken on this ride I'm not sure if YA novels that stir towards LGBT inclusivity may actually trigger my interest than ones that don't but this book should be an important read for anyone who's struggling with acceptance within our community Yes it talks about underage drinking sex drugs and other adult themes but honestly it was refreshing to see that the book never became a fantasy reality and I think that aspect will be much appreciated by the reader Get this book for your struggling LGBT child get it for your best friend get it for your parents—just get this book because you won't be disappointed Many thanks to Jimmy Patterson for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewA tinder themed murder book| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram Three point 4 so no chance to round it up to 4 full of action fast reading some parts are really enjoyable facts about LGBT community and their struggles are so true and gave all my points for those stuffs but the rest of it a big NOPE stars Have you ever watched Shia LaBeouf` s movie named “Eagle Eye` from those times Shia may have considered as normal human being and just signed for Transformers series His character Jerry Shaw’s and also his family’s lives were being threatened and serious of increasingly dangerous situations were only controlled by everyday life’s technology were tracking his every step he took So if we put the euality civil rights realistic POV about the difficulties of being gay and adapt in modern life society all the struggles catch 22’scomplications which are so honestly and genuinely written to the euation we may reach a result like reading a book with full of actions good sense of humor and bombardments of so many good social messages But don’t get me wrong The social awareness part of the book definitely worked for me but action humor a young person’s ways to test his survival skills all the conspiracy theory parts didn’t work for me The social and political awareness parts may be better fit with a dramatic emotional YA adult book All Michael Bay ish style chasing and running parts are a little extreme for me But writing is really good fast paced gripping I didn’t get bored or furious for wasting my time It was entertaining enjoyable page turner There are twists surprises double crosses that mess with your mind Aidan’s story about longing for real true love and intense connection broke my heart I truly empathize with him All the loneliness pushed him made his own mistakes and put him in dangerous positions I also loved Jackson He was just like a limelight of the book At the darkest depressing parts he appeared and brought back all the joy and funSo as a summary characterization pacing development and writing were capturing but mixing different genres on this book didn’t work for me Still I’m curious to read books of the writer “Do they protest the death penalty Are the right to lifers rioting in the streets over gun control Why is it us they hate so much” 35 ⭐️ 🤷‍♀️ When I read the synopsis for this one it sounded gripping A teenage boy meets up with a guy from a dating app but the next morning he is dead Suddenly Aiden is being hunted by the cops and before long the FBI However despite being a high octane exciting read a lot of the stuff that happens is pretty damn preposterous Also the FBI are made to look like a bunch of morons which was pretty hard to swallow and by the time I got to the end Aiden was pissing me off He is very good at acting the victim uick to point out the faults in others but to take no responsibility for his own choicesbehaviour Particularly the way he spoke to his mother and sister they supported him His dad fair enough he was a douche but the others I didn’t understand his ripping into them Overall a fast paced read Plenty of important topics and representation “But we can’t hold on to so much fury that we succumb to pure evil and become worse than those we hate Then we’re the hypocrites” I did not intend to read this book in a day and a half It was an accident I swear and it was all the book's fault I'm a big fan of Scream All Night so I had high hopes for Swipe Right for Murder and it surely did not disappoint It's a wild ride full of mystery thrills self discovery and action with a dash of romance and horror Milman's passion writing style and plot pacing are phenomenal I'm extremely critical with books and I do not praise highly It's very rare for a book to suck me in to the point that I forget everything else as if the story is real Everyone should read this bent genre mashup I think this story proves that I will read anything Milman's pen puts to paper Swipe Right for Murder is utterly preposterous possibly prescient than I'd like to acknowledge and immensely sensitive It's an homage to classic films where the mostly innocent man finds himself caught in a web of suspicion and trouble yet at the same time it reads like a movie with someone like Shia LaBeoufSeventeen year old Aidan is a high school senior desperate to find someone to love His parents have kept their emotional distance since he came out of the closet allowing him to go to boarding school He has good friends yet he always feels that they treat him like a kid and don't take him seriouslyWith a free night at a posh hotel in New York City Aidan does what any horny teenager might—looks for a hookup on a dating app After a disastrous encounter with a closeted classmate he finds an older man And when Aidan wakes up in the man's hotel room in the middle of night everything has gone awry—the man is dead Aidan gets a mysterious phone call from a man addressing him as someone else and he threatens Aidan and his family if he doesn't give it to him But as menacing as the call is the man also seems to know about the issues that Aidan struggles with emotionally and taps into his greatest regrets and fearsThe phone call catapults Aidan into a severe case of mistaken identity putting him on the run from the authorities who may or may not be the good guys his family and a shadowy terrorist group with an interesting set of priorities Along the way he meets a handsome stranger whose loyalties are confusing he struggles with his own fears and issues and he has to tap into his inner action hero than a time or two Will he help save the day Does he want to stop the terrorists from their mission—which at its core isn't wrong even if their methods are Swipe Right for Murder is full of twists and turns double crosses and lots of jarring action But at the same time there is a lot of raw emotion in this book too as Aidan is forced to confront some of his greatest anxieties fears and regrets Many of the feelings Aidan has are familiar to those whom have come to terms with their sexuality andor struggled with self esteem and the desire to be loved There are some tremendously powerful scenes interspersed with the crazinessI hate this thing inside myself this need to become attached to people this brutal loneliness that drives me drives all my mistakesThis book really reads like a movie but it was very uneven for me At times it was just so utterly ludicrous and complicated that I considered stopping but then there would be a powerfully poignant scene and I just kept on with it I think if you can completely suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the ride it may be a fun book for you There's no disputing Derek Milman's ability to tell a good story; there was just far too much going on for me hereNetGalley and Little Brown and Company provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making it availableThis book will be published August 6 2019 See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at ”’Hello’A pause ‘And who am I speaking with’ The voice is steely smilingMy lips are tingling I don’t know what to say Should I give my real name A fake name I don’t know why I just answered a dead man’s phone Was I hoping for a magical resolution to whatever I just got myself into here”Aiden Jamison thought his life was complicated before he stayed at the Manderian Oriental Hotel and decided to hook up with someone on an app called Dirty Paws I couldn’t uit thinking of Tramp from the Disney movie The Lady and the Tramp Aiden wakes up after a bout of satisfying sex next to a dead guy and a voice on the phone who thinks he is Mr Preston We all hate it when a hookup turnsdeadly Do you hide the body Do you wipe down all the surfaces you touched and erase as best you can your presence from the room Aiden doesn’t get that chance but finds himself on the run trying to make some kind of sense out of why this has happenedIt is hard to believe but the dead guy is going to be eclipsed by a series of much dangerous encountersAiden doesn’t know it yet but he is in a Roger Thornhill situation of mistaken identity leading Aiden to being caught in a tug of war between a militant gay cult calling themselves The Swans and the FBI Shifting circumstances make it difficult for him to tell the difference between the terrorists and the guys with badges He finds out that a sinister FBI internet monitoring program called Digital Dust has targeted his darkest sides and determined that he is the perfect candidate for infiltrating The Swans Through all this turmoil he is still trying to deal with the death of his brother and the suicide of his first real romantic interest For only being 17 he has managed to heap up a mound of emotional baggage that is than his slender shoulders can carry Besides getting a kick ass thrilling plot you get a book loaded with cultural references that will put a smile on your face There are allusions to or mentions of movies gaming books and odd collectibles sprinkled throughout the text Aiden has a thing for Ethan Hawke books which resonated with me because Hawke is probably my favorite actor and made me cringe that I’ve never read his novels There is humor witty remarks and situations so ridiculous they could only be true There is an epic search for romance as Aiden even in the chaos of his terrifying misadventures remains hopeful that he will find his soulmate There are many reasons why this book is going to be a life line to a lot of young people out there struggling with their sexual identity Despite a lack of any real world skills Aiden manages to be a man of action who doesn’t let others make decisions for him or have too much influence over him Derek Milman presents a very real view of what it is like to be out or closeted and the issues that people face being something other than normal in the United States of America He also weaves in some of the history of the struggles of the gay movement by mentioning the Stonewall Inn Riots and the Lavender Scare For those of you old enough to remember the ‘80s you will feel that same gut shot that I did when he reminded me of one of the slogans from that period ”Homosexuality is the disease and AIDS is the cure” Sick shitEven as Milman reveals that ugliness and the brainwashing of hate that still exists and the suicides they inspire I came away from his book thinking we can fix this Aiden is the type of hero who will inspire many to insist that change is not only necessary but imperative and not soon but now I challenged Derek to a teuila shot drinking contest If I won he had to answer a few uestions for this review Needless to say my days at the University of Arizona when I drank teuila than water paid off I wasn’t looking forward to washing his car in a Spongebob Suarepants costume shudder which gave me all the motivation I needed Jeffrey D Keeten We both are huge Alfred Hitchcock film fans so I love the way that you infuse Hitch into your novels Share with us your favorite Hitchcock films and how they continue to influence your writing Derek Milman Well as one film scholar said Hitchcock re programmed audiences for generations Oren repeats this phrase in Scream All Night a bit glibly in regards to his cauliflower movie debacle with Psycho because he kills off the protagonist a uarter of the way into the movie People were really shocked by that I love how Hitchcock upended traditional narrative constructs I've always been into artists who break all the rules think differently approach a story differently That really affected me Swipe Right for Murder is a traditional thriller in many respects but it also unfolds as a character study with Aidan stripping away layers of himself confessing all his secrets as the action unfolds So there's an emotionality people may not be expecting given the genre North by Northwest is so beautifully hyperreal Roger Thornhill is in the Oak Room of the Plaza and mere minutes later he's been kidnapped to the middle of nowhere it's actually Old Westbury Long Island with rolling fields trees It looks very open and rural Then he's trying to steer a car away from the edge of a cliff with the ocean and these bluffs below him and I'm always like how did he get to the Pacific Coast Highway Wearing the same gray suit only a short time later he seemingly winds up in the middle of The Grapes of Wrath thinking that poor guy waiting for the bus is Kaplan and then the crop dusters come He spirals from one monumental location United Nations to another Mount Rush with wild and dangerous things happening at every turn Meanwhile the movie seamlessly crosses genres and tones from romantic comedy to mystery suspense to action adventure caper to government conspiracy spy thriller and doesn't miss a beat It's probably the most entertaining movie ever made and it's take no prisoners approach to making all the elements work its unexpected humor and its romanticism have been a huge influence on me The unnerving cat and mouse game of Strangers on a Train definitely inspired SWIPE The uiet building of suspense and dread of Rear Window also influenced me another guy in the wrong place at the wrong time fate plays its hand a lot in Hitchcock the haunted dying glamour and palpable mournfulness of Rebecca the psychological puzzle of Vertigo and the sheer risk taking of The Birds its insistence on never giving in to answering our uestions keeps it terrifying to this day I also want to shout out Notorious for having the most sinister looking glass of milk of all time the unapologetic use of a MacGuffin sure a sleeper cell of Nazis is filling wine bottles with uranium two years after the end of WWII why not and an ambitious tracking shot that pretty much created modern day tracking shots ending up with that iconic anxious close up of the key in Alicia's hand JDK A few years ago I bought my wife a framed poster of Cary Grant sprinting across a corn field while being chased by an airplane It is one of our favorite scenes in cinematic history The slow realization that goes across Grant’s face is just wonderful North by Northwest certainly ranks among Hitch’s great masterpieces Swipe Right for Murder is about mistaken identity and certainly an ode to North by Northwest I was expecting the bell boy to walk through the hotel calling “George Kaplan George Kaplan” at any second You did work a bellboy into the plot but with a much sinister role than setting off a series of unfortunate events for Cary Grant Share with us the plotting process you went through to blend the movie into the book DM It's a great freakin' scene When Scream All Night was acuired everyone wanted to know what else I was working on and I just had this vague idea about a twist on North by Northwest but with everything sort of upended extremely timely placed firmly in the digital age and super ueer My agent loved it and said please write this book for me Leonard the psychopathic henchman in the film played by Martin Landau is reportedly the first openly homosexual character portrayed on screen It's so subtle because of production codes at the time but I thought it would be fun to really subvert that whole concept There is no subtlety to the LGBT elements in SWIPE I knew I didn't want to do a strict re telling of NxNW but I wanted SWIPE to be like a loose homage to it to Hitchcock in general and a lot of mistaken identity capers along those lines Everything from The Fugitive to Three Days of the Condor But Hitch remained my muse and I kept his movies playing on a sort of loop in the background of my life as I worked and sketched out the plot so the tenseness of the situations as the story unfolds the ramping up of the stakes and the action the rhythm of the dialogue including awkwardly timed uips and wisecracks would be frothing on my brain as I worked As well as locations I wanted Hitchcock like locations so we have a hotel a train a visitor center a strange and creepy villainous lair buried in the normcore suburbs and an amusement park to name a few But everything's updated Aidan takes Ubers uses apps runs through Bushwick warehouse parties and hides out at a co living start up The plotting went slowly and deliberately for me It was really beat by beat Once I had written one scene I had to uestion seriously where Aidan might go next and what he would do A lot of that came out of the psychological profile I was creating for his character In NxNW there isn't much backstory to Roger Thornhill His two wives divorced him because he led a dull life Har har Aidan is a broken kid with a deeply troubled past and interestingly enough it was that element of the book Aidan's character that really allowed the story to build around him and propel him forward into the action Aidan guided the plot of the book and I'm thankful to him for thatJDK There is this early scene in the novel with Aiden Jamison sitting around the Mandarian Oriental Hotel with his gorgeous friends talking about inane but entertaining things drinking overpriced tea that could have been a scene from a Bret Easton Ellis novel For me it sort of set the tone for what I knew would be a self absorbed aren’t we all at 17 trying to find themselves kind of novel Throughout the novel you drop all these cool cultural reference points especially when you describe Leo’s crash pad Every time I read an Ellis novel I feel a bit clued into what is cool I definitely felt the same way about your novel Am I seeing ghosts that aren’t really there or were you Ellising me Derek MilmanDM Hahaha I love that that's a verb Or that you made it one I will admit to liking the dark humor of Ellis he can make me laugh in a way not many writers can but it wasn't a conscious choice on my end to have a GlamoramaAmerican PsychoRules of Attraction thing going on but I can totally see where you get that Every writer I've admired has probably influenced me subliminally in certain ways so it might be there than I realized I wanted a classical sheen to the story; it seemed just perfect that it would start at the Mandarin Oriental and these kids would be drinking tea in the sky and being snarky about random stuff but I also wanted a Neo noir tint to the book I live in Brooklyn and that vibe is alive especially in the areas that remain industrial hipster with re purposed factories that glow in cool colors and have wildly up to the minute things going on simultaneously There's a multi purpose performance space that contains a new location for the wildly popular Mission Chinese restaurant from the Lower East Side It's like a scene out of the Blade Runner seuel I can't explain why there are giant TV screens showing actors slowly and silently eating the food you yourself are eating or why the bathrooms are made out to look like The Matrix it's Twin Peaks at the LES location complete with soundtrack BUT IT'S ALL JUST THERE And so cinematicliterary Ellis would have written about it I took a lot of photos for the book I did reconnaissance I did the tea service at the Mandarin I trounced through east Brooklyn at night and took photos the urban art is extraordinary so I got inspired by all the imagery I read widely I read an article about co living start ups and was like ah ha Aidan would totally spend a night at one of these Maybe it's classic Ellis in a sense getting a 21st century injectionJDK Recently I was attacked rather maliciously by an online troll not unusual for me but this one was different because the worst thing he could think to call me were a series of homosexual slurs not particularly inventive ones I’m afraid and impune my education level I was a bit taken aback by the vehemence of the hatred that was spurring these words You offered me some great advice as to how to deal with these in the future which I really appreciated I can only imagine the type of attacks you are seeing with the release of a novel that has a gay protagonist I’m predicting that your novel is going to be a very important book to a lot of lost young people Do you have any thoughts on what continues to inspire this level of homophobia With social media so prevalent in our lives it feels like we can never get away from the haters and dissentersDM Well look I mean SWIPE is about that in a sense it is a theme in the story what we've given up to get everything else We have convenience and entertainment and any piece of information we need at the click of a mouse but we've given up our privacy and in some ways our souls Unless you aggressively filter and I do or try to you are exposed to the cesspool that are these sites these social communities with people constantly stirring the pot or trying to make trouble in different ways That's just humanity and technology has curdled some of humanity's worst instincts our worst natures to foment some kind of perceived connection There's so much anger and hatred and bile; people don't hold back because they're unseen or anonymous now or think they are anyway sitting in front of a screen and people aren't really people they are their avatars it's all ones and zeroes so slowly Kubrick would have loved this concept there's an element of dehumanization going on and we're all taking part for a profit of a few With the current administration what Hillary Clinton termed the baskets of deplorables the racists and the homophobes and the misogynists feel they have an edge now; they feel their fringe views and their hatred of The Other is backed by the US government and in a way it is so they can really let loose now and they do They feel emboldened and protected We are living in dark times My dad a retired lawyer had a Mad Men ish secretary when I was a little kid; she was grandmotherly she would give me gifts on my birthday and if my dad had to work late she would stay late with him and when it got dark she would rush into his office and draw all the curtains closed Let's shut out the night she said and that stayed with me because we have to find our own ways to shut out this indefinite night for ourselves until it's a new dawnJDK I’ve recently read a book that touched on the Black Panthers and the CIA and FBI interactions in the 1960s There were those in government that actually hoped the Black Panthers would become militant so that they would have a chance to destroy them completely The US government had a similar policy with the American Indians All of that was on my mind when I read about the organization The Swans in Swipe Right for Murder I don’t like being pessimistic and paranoid but if The Swans really existed wouldn’t that be the best thing that ever happened to those who would like to portray gay culture as dangerous DMIt would yes If the Swans really existed I doubt it would help Gay Rights or the LGBT community very much at all Extremism and violence and killing is never the answer to anything and it wouldn't be the answer here I think Aidan makes that point to Scotty I think the book makes that point and I think Scotty and the Swans could have maybe gone a softer way used their talents differently but took a turn into that darkness and the Swans do what they do Extremism only goes one way I would never argue in favor of any kind of violence and extremism in favor of social change We do need to rise up in different ways like what the Women's March accomplished We need to protest But we have to do it constantly passionately and there can't be so much infighting We can't be at war with ourselves I'm not sure that could ever not happen sadly Even Larry Kramer was expelled from the Gay Men's Health Crisis which he helped found because he was considered too militant for the direction they were all heading in JDK As I was reading the book I for some reason was expecting Dario Heyward from Scream all Night to show up like a famous Alfred Hitchcock cameo Do you see any crossover of characters in the future or do you intend to keep writing stand alone novels This is also a great segue for you to tell us a little bit about what you are currently working on DM Ha that's lovely I've had that thought before because Aidan could have easily settled in to watch Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun on his iPad or something and I've had this fun idea for a short story where all the young protagonists I've ever written meet twenty years later at a bar near Grand Central in NYC accidentally and they all hash out their wild unusual childhoods for each other But for some reason my instincts have been to keep all the worlds separate and pure with no crossover as of now Never say never though so who knows what I'll write and where it will go So far it's been strictly standalone projects for me That's just where both my creative energy and my career is taking me I am working on a new YA yes It's a boarding school story It's about a stormy gay love story set against a secret society at a fictional New England prep school The secret society however is based on a very real one at an Ivy League school and I have a rare insider track into it so there's a lot of potential here but also it's reuired some of the most intricate writing I've ever had to do The project is kicking my ass and hasn't been sold yet but I'm thrilled by the possibilities That's always a good sign right I want to thank Derek Milman and Little Brown for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at oh this book is the kind you say I'll just read a chapter and then next thing you've read 100pgs and your dead heart has begun beating once and you have UESTIONS This was definitely an intriguing and uniue thriller and it as infinitely gay which I meanyes thanks And it was stuffed with government conspiracies a rogue terrorist group guns car chases and an unsuspecting teen tossed into the middle of it I kind of had to suspend disbelief a bit the bad guys made some really cliche mistakesbut I think they were all super high half the time so Fair but it's honestly a really good read and asks some deep morally grey uestionscharactersOkay so we lead with Aidan who ends up hooking up with a guy in a hotelonly to wake up to the guy having been murdered Aidan has a LOT of baggage and I appreciated the book talked about some real issues Especially everyday dangers ueer kids can fall into especially ones starved of true affection or grieving and being ignored Aidan was so so deeply sad hiding it under uips and hookups So yay for a thriller with an emotional twist Didn't really love any of the secondary charactersexcept Shilohterrorist gays okay that's NOT a phrase I would usually type without yelling about problematic books But this is #ownvoices and literally all the main characters good and bad are gay So it worked It isn't a storyline I was super keen on terrorists going to extreme violent measures to kill homophobics but maybe it's something that needs talking about It really talks about stewing in your hate how corrupt that is how you can poison yourself by not DEALING with your traumas however Aidan did have a few moments where he sympathisedand like I don't get that murder is so so wrong always completely even for evil peoplewritingIt was engaging and super easy to fly through lots of action but also lots of heart to hearts But I kiiiind of didn't mesh with the humour A LOT of dark stuff happens here but Aidan joking in the next scene and yes it could've been from shock But it was his internal monologue didn't sit with me And his family were over the top bizarre screamy hysterical but in a comedy way and I was just 😬so going to go ahead and firmly recommend this one It managed to mix emotional messages with thriller crimey terror really well

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