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My Worst Date Paperback – February 15, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Some good examination of the range of sexual orientation (goood examples of degrees of hetero and homosexuality concept.) Hugo and his friends are delightful. His mother is a wonderful role model of a single parent who is mom and dad to her son without hindering his freedom or being nosy or invasive. The most ambitiously sexual character in the story is one that I could love or hate -- at least I found myself running from one of those directions to the other throughout my reading.
A fast, worthy and endearing read. Leddick should be commended for his character development. There's a range of everyone and everything on earth threaded in this story and the author makes each memorable. Go for it!
P.S. The cover has nothing to do with the book.
The characters are wholly unbelievable, the plot strains for credibility from page 1, andworst of all-the dialogue is hopelessly dated. Teens use language that no '90s teen would ever use. "Humpy?" That sounds like mid-'70s gay queen (it's okay for me to say that, I'm gay!).
This is a real downer of a book, all the way around.
The story to me is entirely unbelievable. A man that is having sex with his mother's boyfriend? A boy that strips at 17? That get's picked up by a relative at the club? Please...
One chapter began with a sequence I had to read twice. It involved ctiricism of people that are fat -- "fatties" -- Ugh. It is literature like this that gives people the reason to think that gay people really are like this.
Avoid this book -- unless you are interested in soft erotica.
The wrong (far older) universe of cultural allusions strains credulity, but the voice (Hugo's) is delightful, and the plot may be improbable but is not impossible.
This book stands the test of time. It is still relevant a decade later and doesn't seem dated at all. The main plot centers on a 17-year old son and his mother dating the same man, the dashing Glenn Eliott Paul. Mom is unaware that her son Hugo is secretly getting it on with her boyfriend. Some reviewers claim this is unrealistic. Wake up! Men on the "down low" are a cultural phenomenon and this is happening in every town in America (okay, maybe not in the same family, but there are many men who sleep with men but live life as heterosexuals).
This is a dramatic tale, full of twists and turns and deceptions and family secrets. No, you don't have to "like" all the characters. But, boy, does this make for some thrilling reading! There is plenty of homosexual erotica in this book, which I found to be well-done.
Give this book a chance and view it with an open mind. It is a complete page turner, and you get to see the action from the points of view of two very well developed characters, Hugo and his former-model Mom Iris.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As far as gay fiction goes, 'My Worst Date' stands up there along with my favorite gay writers, Tom Spanbauer and Stephen McCauley ('The Object of my Affection') - and other... Read morePublished on May 8, 2008 by Tadzio Taylor
that I finished this book. It took me weeks because I had to take a couple days off every few dozen pages simply to remind myself that the real world still exists. Read morePublished on February 7, 2007 by Craig Bowers
I came to Amazon to buy a copy of this book for a gift, and read some AWFUL reviews about it, and yet to MY view, there's no question that this is ABSOLUTELY the best book ever... Read morePublished on June 7, 2005 by Andrew Delaplaine
If you're interested in this-- read the books from Christian McLaughlin, Robert Rodi and Doug Guinan before you read this. Read morePublished on November 23, 2001
In this book, our hero, a young and handsome boy named Hugo, seems to sort of flow from one situation to another. Read morePublished on November 6, 2001 by Cambel
A few days ago I was walking in a bookshop in Amsterdam when I was taking a quick glance at the shelves with gay fiction. Looking for a book by one of my favorite authors. Read morePublished on October 2, 2001
My biggest problem with this book is that the characters are just not likable. I found it extremely hard to relate to any of these guys, and didn't find any of their lives... Read morePublished on December 12, 2000 by Edward Aycock