As reported to me as bloggers, librarians, friends, and release day readers tweeted, texted, emailed, Facebook wall’d their reactions. This happened over and over and OVER again, always in the same order, always in the same way. The following is a compendium and a summary, and I absolutely could not stop myself. And there are gifs because I freaking love gifs.
"OH AARON AND GILES, THEY’RE SO CUTE I LOVE THIS."
"OH MY GOD THEY NEED TO GET OVER IT AND GET TOGETHER ALREADY."
"I HATE BAZ" (Alternate: "I HATE ELIJAH.")
"OH—NO, NO, I…don’t? I can’t decide."
Stage five, when Aaron goes home because he has to:
"OH NO, THIS IS…NOOO!!!!!"
"WALTER WALTER WALTER WALTER WAAAALLLLLLTTTEERR!"
Stage Seven, parking lot:
Stage Eight, special concert:
Your personal mileage my vary. But those of you who kept squealing at me, sometimes absolutely needing me to hold your hand because you weren’t sure? YOU are the best. You make my day, my month, my year, and you’re totally worth every bit of hell these boys put me through. I made this set of gifs not because I think I’m all that, but because YOU are all that. You’re the reason for the season, baby.
You. Rock. All day long.
(What am I talking about? This. It’s my book. But these reactions are all my awesome readers.)