Tell Me It’s Real by T.J. Klune



“Because sometimes it’s about letting go of what your mind tells you and following what your heart shows you instead. That’s how you know it will always be real.”

Title: Tell Me It’s Real
Author: T.J. Klune
Good things about this book: The randomness and sweetness of the characters.
Bad things about this book: The unnecessary sexism.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I will recommend it to everyone.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I think it’s time to build this man, the amazing T.J. Klune, a statue meant for worshipping and human sacrifices. This is my third book by him and it’s a third 5-star review. All well deserved. This man gets me; he just really gets me! He can really write comedy books and I love him for that. I just feel so happy from start to finish when I read whatever he writes. How can a person be so funny? Funny in a way it may not be liked by everybody but it’s certainly loved by yours truly.

Most of the time when you hear stories like the one you’re about to, the narrator is this perfect specimen of man, whether he knows it or not.

Again, like with all the others reviews by this wonderful man, there are too many quotes to quote and not enough space to quote them all. Still, there are going to be tons of them. I’m not even remotely sorry. Enjoy.

“I’m not really the meet-people type. I’m more the… Quasimodo in the bell tower kind of guy.”

Paul is a chubby sinnamon roll. Yes, sinnamon because he has way too many dirty thoughts. He is like a perv angel. He has an extremely low self-esteem and tons of body issues because of his weight. He doesn’t see how beautiful he truly is because he spends his time comparing himself to every single other men on the planet. He obviously sees only perfectly fit specimens and it’s not healthy for his brain. He likes eating and there’s nothing wrong with that. He needs to see how everyone else sees him: a beautiful, sassy, funny, and beautiful guy who deserves all the love in the world.

I have blue eyes and I could tell you that they’re the color of ice that covers a frozen lake in the Himalayas, but that wouldn’t be exactly true.

I pictured him like David Fynn from the super funny tv show, that sadly and unfairly ended, called Undateable. Picture him without the beard. Isn’t he the perfect Paul? He’s adorable!

Paul’s best friend is the wonderful Sandy. He is like a brother to him and sees how perfect he is and hates how he whines about the way he looks, like he is never going to be good enough for anybody. I love Sandy with all my heart and I’m so happy he is going to be the main character of the second book of this series. Sandy has a drag queen alter ego called Helena Handbasket who is a mighty diva everyone is and should be afraid of (and in love with, of course!). She can be scary and is super protective of Paul. As Helena, she is fierce and has everyone at her feet. As Sandy, he is a regular guy, a little bit too skinny and wise as an owl.

“You’re like a dirty Dr. Seuss.”
“I’ll do you on the grass. I’ll do you during mass.”

I still don’t have a perfect fancast image for him and definitely don’t know how to picture Helena. I will think harder about them and come with great fancasts. I’m sure of it. Just wait.

“Anyway, he would have died had I not done the hemorrhoid maneuver.”
“Heimlich. It’s Heimlich.”

Vince comes like an unexpected knight with dimples to die for and he turns Paul’s life upside down. He has a crush on Paul immediately. He saw him from far away and he knew he was the one he wanted to be with. He just knew he was the one destined to be his other half. Vince is not the sharpest tool in the shed but he is honest, kind, full of love, adorable and when he wants something badly, he does everything in his power to get it. That’s how hard he pursued our Paul who thought he was Freddie Prinze Junioring him!! Yes, I have seen She’s all that many times and not once I thought Vince was doing that. He was so sincere from the beginning. His happiness every time Paul was being Paul was the sweetest thing I have ever pictured in my head. I get why Paul thought it couldn’t be true a man like him could be interested in someone like himself, being handsome, fit and having everyone all heart eyed everywhere he went. Paul, let him love you! Vince is also pretty naughty and has a butt that deserves all the awards. They are a great couple! (Also, great butt love quotes. Trust a butt lover!!)

“The Holy Grail of asses. If we lived in a world with fairies and elves, there would be epic quests to go get that ass. I wanted to bite it.”

He was so fucking happy to see me that it almost knocked me flat. I didn’t think I’d ever had anyone look at me like that. It was disconcerting. It was terrifying. It was fucking awesome.

When they say dimples I picture him almost immediately as Eddie Cibrian when he was younger. Give him darker eyes and he’s the one and only Vince. Hot and dreamy. Oh yeah he is.

His grin widened. Dimplepalooza. Dimplefest. Dimplenator 3000.

The review is obviously not completed without mentioning Paul’s two legged dog called Wheels and his amazing family. His parents are a hilarious pair, straightforward and, luckily for Paul, really open-minded. They are over sharers and I think that’s incredible! The conversations they have, oh my, I’m still laughing my butt off. Paul’s nana Gigi is a one of a kind lady, saying everything that comes to mind and giggling when her homophobic parrot makes fun of Paul for being gay. That’s a family nobody should ever be ashamed to introduce to a lover. That’s a family everyone will certainly love.

I love this book so much that I’m almost going to let the flaws go. Almost!! There were a little too many mentions of how having feelings and blushing was a thing girls do and that it was dumb. Having a vagina is not a weakness, people, not now not ever. If you are able to express your feelings and embrace your flaws there’s strength in you people that make fun of you clearly envy. Never think it’s girly to cry, to blush, to have deep feelings and be happy about silly things. Come on, it’s time for those absurdities to be over. Am I right?

LOVE LOVE LOVE. So much love for this and I recommend it to you and you, and also you that seem to be having doubts. I think everyone would enjoy this story about self-acceptance, love and family.

Did I already mention how much I love T.J. Klune?? Read what he wrote at the beginning of this book. Just read it. He’s precious.

If you have ever been told that you’re not skinny enough, smart enough, straight enough, beautiful enough, strong enough, masculine enough, or any other “enough” that made you feel less than you actually are, then, man, do I have something to tell you: this one is for you because you are perfect just the way you are.


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