Book: Boy Midflight (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 4, 2016
Length: 169 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
At eighteen, Ashley seems to have everything: looks, talent, and even a girlfriend. What more could a young man want? Yet something is missing, and he has to come to terms with his sexuality and the possible implications for his career in the public eye. He begins dating Chris but isn’t sure he’s head over heels in love. It’s not the knight-in-shining-armor feeling he always imagined.
When Ashley is offered a big modeling job, he leaves his university in small-town Canada for a very different life in sunny Los Angeles, California. There he meets a slightly older man who makes him feel like he’s in a storybook romance. But is Ashley ready for real love, or is it just infatuation? The world is spread out before him, at once limitless and daunting, full of endless possibilities one moment and opportunities cut short the next.
Ashley floats between certainty and confusion as he tries to unravel new feelings, deal with past pain, and decide what he wants from life—and who he wants beside him during the journey.
This is a somewhat angsty coming of age and coming out story. Like most coming of age stories the main character is wracked with decisions in his life. But what I thought was the most important decision or journey our MC went through wasn’t so much coming out but coming to grips with his sexuality and how that plays out into the world.
Ashley who is only 18 year old always thought he wanted to grow up get married, have kids, and of course the white picket fence. It was this ideal that stopped him from realizing then accepting his sexuality. When we first meet Ashley he is going to a performing arts college in Canada and trying to start something with Chris his best friend and love interest. But as such is life things change with new opportunities. So his once fought for relationship with Chris now has to be put second but he is determined to make it work no matter the distance. Little does he know life doesn’t always follow the plan we have.
The modeling opportunity that comes to Ashley sends him to L.A. for a time where he gets to meet a whole new group of friends. Ashley hasn't yet found a way to have a defense against the hurts that we all go through so when he gets his heartbroken is a devastating blow to him. But he is strong and young so it doesn’t take long for the hurt to go away. He just wants to love and be loved, to not be alone. Is Chris that guy? Or is Mikal, his new friend in L.A.? Can he trust himself to know what love is when he finds it?
In this story Ashley is a typical sex driven 18 year old guy who wants more than he has but not something out of reach. But he has so much more to learn about himself before he can find the ONE! Ashley is fun, carefree and doesn’t second guess his decisions when he goes for something. There is no sex on page mostly kissing and groping but more along the lines of the sweet parts of the sex versus the down and dirty.
The author did a great job developing this story and even telling it from the mind of someone so young and confused. Charlie has a very unique writing style that isn’t going to fit for everyone. While I liked the characters and the story I found that his style isn’t suited for me. I cannot pin point on one thing that I didn’t like it’s more of a feeling that we as author and reader weren’t meant for each other.
Give it a try because even though this book wasn't meant for me it could be for you!
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