Book: Mulligans (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date May 25, 2016
Length: 250 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Chase never had many friends, but at college, he meets and forms close ties with straight jock Tyler Davidson—a connection he fears he’ll lose if he tells Tyler he’s gay. Keeping his sexuality secret becomes harder for Chase as he joins Tyler and his family at their idyllic lake house for the summer. It grows more and more difficult for Chase to avoid Tyler’s attempts to set him up with girls, and he’s tired of making excuses. Chase is ready to embrace the man he is, but he’s afraid of what it will cost him.
The Davidsons seem like the perfect family, but Chase soon realizes there’s trouble in paradise. Tyler’s dad, Nathan, has done everything to make a good life for his wife and children—including suppressing his sexuality and denying his needs for years. But like Chase, Nathan is growing weary of living a lie. What begins as an offer of support from Chase grows into an unexpected attraction that will have profound effects on everyone. Chase and the Davidsons are about to learn that there’s no such thing as a perfect family, but that perfection isn’t a requirement for friendship and love.
When I picked up Mulligans by Charlie David, I didn’t know this was a rerelease and NO idea this book was also a movie! Talk about a surprise!! And if the name Charlie David looks familiar, it’s probably because he’s the narrator for some of the most beloved M/M audio books such as Damon Suede’s Hot Head, The Nothingness of Ben and The Return (one of my all-time favorites!) by Brad Boney as well as books by favorite authors TJ Klune, Cardeno C and many others.
I wasn’t at all sure what to expect when I started reading Mulligans and what I got was a beautifully written story that read like a movie. (Not surprising, that, considering the book is based on the movie!) The book is told from multiple points of view, and while this might bother some readers, for the type of story this is, it worked well and added so much perspective! Each character is developed and complex and each scene flows effortlessly.
Chase was endearing, Nathan charismatic, Stacey somewhat sympathetic, and Tyler was a typical over indulged guy in his early 20’s. None of these characters are perfect, though from the blurb you can tell that from the outside most might think they are. Trust me, they’re not. And don’t go into this book thinking you’re getting a love story, because you’re not. This is a book about finding and accepting yourself.
There were a lot of issues I had with Mulligans. I didn’t particularly like Stacey, though I think I was supposed to. I thought Tyler was VERY self-indulgent and spoiled. Nathan was selfish and a bit of a doormat, and don’t even get me started on how Chase is treated by EVERYONE in this book! I don’t understand what the point of all that was supposed to be. There are a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book, though I’m mostly okay with that. It definitely leaves the reader wondering what’s going to happen next, but in this case, it works.
Charlie David’s writing really is quite beautiful. Vivid descriptions of emotions and scenery, I felt like I was at the lake with the Davidsons. I liked the idea of this book, that no family is perfect and that finding happiness is a continual journey. Mulligans might not be for everyone, but it’s worth your time to give it a chance!
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