- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2 edition (July 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634772415
- ISBN-13: 978-1634772419
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,245,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Boy Midflight is a coming of age and coming out story without the angstthat usually accompanies both this genres. It shows us a short period in Ashley's life, that moment in life when you have to take some important decisions for your future life, and with the help of some flashbacks it also goes back to his teen years.
When the story starts Ashleyis 18 years old and attending a performing art college in Canada. It'squite clear that Ashley is a bit confused about his sexuality, or better about him and his sexuality related to the world. Ashley is not new tothe gay world, actually his first sexual impulses were for boys not forgirls, and from his memories we also learn that he has had some gayexperiences with boys his age or slightly older, some good, some bad,but he has also had some girlfriends in between, and when he meetsChris, his love interest in this story, he is with Rachel. Rachel isonly a name, since she disappeared even before the story starts whenAshley dumps her to be free to flirt with Chris.
I think thatbasically Ashley is an everyday boy, with all the insecurities of hisage and the certainty that only a boy his age can have. Ashley faceseverything full front, with little second thoughts. He is also verydriven by his body and desires, but he always pinks his perspective with the illusion of love. I'm not criticizing him, I like his attitude: for him everything is about love, maybe even the slight tingle of sexualdesire that someone else would scratch without thinking too much. Ashley has an innocence and naivete that crash a bit with his older attitude:Ashely is living alone, far from home, and he is facing some verydelicate and important issues, as what would be his future, and what hehas to renounce to to be himself; Ashley is not weak, but he is fragile, since he hasn't yet built a protective shield from the world, and allhis feelings and naked nerves are plainly exposed. It's easy to hurthim, but at the same time it takes to him very little time to heal fromthe wound: Ashley is not yet a man, but he promises to become a good one in a few years.
In the less than 200 pages of the book, wefollow Ashley through all his life experiences that are often pairedwith a sexual experience: it seems like the turning points on his lifeare spurred by a boy/man, the little and the important ones, and thelength of the relationship depends on the importance of the decision. It seems like Ashley takes with him, or gains force, from the men in hislife and from everyone of them he learns something. Ashley is notselfish, he is really searching for true love, for the one who will love him forever like the prince charming he has always dreamed, but he iseasily distracted by the glitter of a lesser prince.
I like thestyle of the author, it's young like his character, and the flowing ofwords are right in role for Ashley, you are inside his mind and you cansee his development from boy to almost man, almost since, even if thereis an happily ever after, Ashley in the end is still an 18 years old boy with all the world in front of him. The book is also quite sexy butagain, I feel a "strange" innocence: Ashley has various sexualexperience, from the simple kiss to the complete intercourse, but theauthor prefers to linger on the sweetness and cuteness of a kiss,sometime even replayed moment for moment, taste for taste, and skatesover with elegance on the more intimate details. I actually didn'tunderstand if and when Ashley looses his "innocence" or if he still hadit at the beginning of the story... it's not actually important to know, Ashley faces every new relationship like it's the most important one of his life."
- ElisaReviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
Half a lifeago, I was an eighteen-year old puppy, farm fresh from Saskatchewan, and Idecided to follow the Pet Shop Boys' advice to "Go West." To be honest Iprobably would have done anything those white uniformed soldiers in the musicvideo told me to do. I landed in Victoria, which is about as far west as youcan go in Canada without falling in the ocean.
I wasn'tgay; well I didn't know it yet. I hadsome pretty strong opinions about the world and how it worked for having onlyexperienced a postage-stamp-sized plot of land. And I wanted what every kidwants--love.
Strangely,after years of globetrotting and educating myself on how I knew less about theuniverse and its workings with every passing day, I've returned here to thisquiet island. Maybe my mind needed rest, maybe my body called time out... at anyrate I've been living like a quiet hermit for nearly six months, and the cityand its progressing seasons has taught me how little I've changed. I stillchase love around the world like a puppy chases its tail. But maybe this time,I'll sit still long enough for it to catch up with me.
The pagesof this book were written here in Victoria, my first time around. I was a kidwho dreamed of being a writer. Reading these words now makes me laugh. Theymake me smile at the rain-drenched memories and occasionally cringe at mynaivety. Coming to Victoria now, my 2.0 island experience, I've decided toleave much of the original novel for BoyMidflight as it was. I feel it's an interesting insight into the youngstoryteller and don't wish to edit him too much.
Boy Midflight is nothing fancy, just a teenager telling alove story. I'd like to dedicate this to him, the eighteen-year-old inside mewho didn't even know the wonder the next eighteen years would bring into hislife. I know he's jumping up and down in his high-top sneakers and "Sun-In"dyed hair, screaming with excitement that the book he wrote is being published.
He'sexcited. We both are. These are his words.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Charlie David literally transported me back in time to my own youth, had my spine tingling once again as Ashley (and I) admitted to the truth of himself and innocently pursued that knowledge.
You should find yourself unwittingly answering the questions posed by the characters, and perhaps reminiscing upon your own choices and how you might have acted upon them differently, or patting yourself on the back for having done the right thing.
But above all else, you will be entertained; you will know Love as it is meant to be experienced; and if you are partnered, you will look at your Love and know why.
Do yourself a favor and take this book in hand and allow Mr. David to provide you an escape; or if you're lucky, he'll be mirroring your own story.
James L Robinson
I ENJOYED THE STORY, I THOUGHT THE ENDING LEFT TO BE DESIRED, AND AT TIMES A BIT LONG. NEEDS TO BE BEEFED UP. SORRY CHARLIE.
IF YOUR A CHARLIE DAVID FAN, I AM, ITS A GOOD READ AND TO SEE HOW HE COMPOSES A PLOT.
I HAVE NOT READ MULLIGANS, BUT THE MOVIE IS EXCELLENT. THANK YOU CHARLIE.
Youth on the brink Ashley has acknowledged he is gay. He leaves his girlfriend and begins his quest to find his One. But finding love, a lover, a man friend, which is it? And why is it so complicated? Attending art college, Ashley meets a hot possibility, Chris. The two had “noticed” each other when Ashley had a girlfriend, but now Ashley is free. Will Chris leave his boyfriend to be with Ashley? So begins the adventure of Ashley finding love. Subsequently his college stay is cut short when a modeling contract comes his way and he is swept into the adult world.
I really don’t want to spoil the story, so will only say that Ashley is a fantastic character and this book is a delight largely because of his youthful inner voice. The story is fairly routine boy-meets-boy-meets-man, but the book’s terrific styling transform Ashley’s tale into a true gem. There is plenty of passion, romance, and heat to go around, but it is the pure joy that rings throughout the story that makes this book stand out. The writing is electric, balancing broad atmospheric strokes of emotion with playful snippets of nostalgic prose that stun and captivate. Author Charlie David has captured the excitement-awkward mentality of a gay youth on the brink of transformation and spins it into an exuberant, wonder-filled work. It should definitely be on the shelves of every high school library… hell, every library! Lovely and highly recommended.
Thank you, Charlie David, for sharing this amazing story and transforming me into an eighteen–year-old for a few hours… lovely trick that!
“Snap, Crackle, Pop…Love!”
What I didn't enjoy: Ashley is an obnoxious narrator. He's immature and honestly not very nice. The whole first part of the book is his somewhat sheltered life, even at an arts school, where people can be neatly divided into categories: Gay, straight unless they get with another guy more than once, and women who flock to gay guys. There are literally zero other kinds of people. He spends a lot of time saying hurtful and obnoxious things in his head and in his journal more or less along those lines, much of which feels misogynistic and bi-antagonistic. It continues into the next part of the story, after he gets his modeling gig. I almost didn't finish the book because of Ashley's attitude.
What I liked: First, that it isn't a traditional romance. I like that there's a lot more to the story than "how the prince charmings rode off into the sunset." I laughed my butt off at Ashley's name for God (which I absolutely won't spoil here). Ashley matures a great deal when he's the one who has to take the lead in a new relationship. The playfulness and tenderness between Ashley and Mikal is absolutely wonderful, and I found it a good deal more romantic than most romances. I adored Fernando, who is incredibly cool, and Ashley's reaction when Fernando opens up to him is the mark of someone who has learned to be a good friend. The end of this is just a big ball of sweet sunshine which left me happy and yet also wanting to know what comes next for all of them.
Overall, if you can get past the first part of the story, it really takes off about a third of the way in. Despite my misgivings, I still think the author is a skilled storyteller, and I look forward to future offerings.
**I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review**
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