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Memoirist Kilmer-Purcell (I Am Not Myself These Days) tells the sad tale of wannabe TV star Jayson Blocher, a suburban high school student in the 1980s Midwest. After writing and starring in his home-shot, gay coming-of-age soap, Dallasty! Jayson sets his sights on Hollywood. A rogue Dallasty! screening sets off pandemonium, so Jayson's alcoholic mother sends Jayson to his father, which leads to a seamy romp through the gay semicelebrity scene of New York and L.A as AIDS emerges. And when Jayson actually does get his big Hollywood break, it is no surprise that his connection to his mother deteriorates further. Kilmer-Purcell certainly has interesting and tough-minded things to say about being young, gay and celebrity-obsessed in the 1980s, but the characters aren't strong enough to withstand the rollicking plot. (June)
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“A balls-out joyride through eighties pop culture that enlightens as much as it exhilarates. As always, Kilmer-Purcell’s astringent wit is nicely tempered by his obvious sympathy for human frailty.” (Armistead Maupin, New York Times bestselling author of Michael Tolliver Lives )
“Josh Kilmer-Purcell is funny funny funny, one of the funniest young writers in America. In Candy Everybody Wants, he trains his insightfully sardonic eye on the world of 80’s pop culture, showing the roots that made us a nation of Britneys, American Idols, and Obamamaniacs.” (James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning )
“Josh Kilmer-Purcell has created rich and memorable characters that emerge from the tumultuous landscape of the 1970’s. Jayson Blocher is the Holden Caufield for a new generation who is thrust in to a Little Miss Sunshine family in the early 1980’s.” (Dr. Drew Pinsky, author of The Mirror Effect )
“A genuine comic novel filled with big laughs, Candy Everybody Wants is entertainingly out-of-left-field yet remains rooted in reality. With his second book, Kilmer-Purcell has avoided the dreaded sophomore slump. We can’t wait to see what he’ll come up with next.” (Myspace.com )
This came in time, and it is one of the best books I have read. Thank youPublished 8 months ago by ilea M Casas
Kilmer-Purcell does a great job evoking the early 80's AND 12-year-old gay angst in suburban America. Rollicking cast of characters and continuously surprising plot. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Allen Foster
Author Josh Kilmer-Purcell created a cast of funny, goofy, scary, warm & fuzzy characters in "Candy Everybody Wants". Read morePublished 21 months ago by Delia Donlon-DeMarini
Great writing. This should be a must read for teens! The story of a young gay boy coming of age in our strange worldPublished on July 29, 2013 by annie m
josh knows how to tell a story. I am looking forward to more tales from josh. when I read his work I cannot put it down!Published on May 28, 2013 by jason deshaies
Starts out well and with promise of a really good read but unfortunately doesn't carry through. The story becomes a bit predictable and forced. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Miss Ruth Vitek
I have read Josh's other two books, and I am addicted to his choice of words and how he puts forth his ideas. He is very clever and entertaining. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Richard Schillen