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Down For Whatever Paperback – June 28, 2005
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Then finally, add back into the mix the ups and downs of living the gay life as a professional, as an individual who is one step away from homelessness, or as one who is on the "down low." Frederick Smith helps each of his readers to see a little of themselves in each character as they progress toward finding a more fulfilling self-identity. This book is highly recommended not only for gay audiences, but for those who would understand that emotions, relationships, love transcends race, gender and sexual preferences.
Keith is an almost thirty-something educated man with self-esteem and weight issues who is looking for love and keeps finding it in all the wrong places until he meets Cesar. Cesar appears to be the one until he does the ultimate betrayal, Tommie is the former lead singer of the once popular R&B group Renaissance Phoenix, and is happily involved with a much younger college man. However, he can't believe that someone like Tyrell wants to be with him and that doubt causes him to make a foolish mistake that may cost him everything. Marco Antonio is happy in his relationship with Alex, an up and coming actor until he drops the bomb that he has married an up and coming Colombia singer to help his career and for publicity reasons. Last but not least, Rafael. Rafael is young, hot, and looking for Mr. Right Now instead of Mr. Right. He has done so many people wrong that he has lost count until karma comes back in a way, he is totally unprepared for. Down for Whatever is a fast-paced entertaining read. It is my kind of story; it's the perfect blend of romance and drama. It will make you laugh, cry, or just sit and shake your head. It will have you thinking long after you put it down. The men deal with issues that we all do, but in the end, all they want is the same as everyone else, a love to call their own. I give this book 4 stars!! Reviewed by Shay C of PeoplewholoveGoodBooks
The book very much reminded me of the 'Noah's Arc' series that was on Logo TV.
I've got the other novel by Smith reserved at the library for me. I hope Frederick Smith writes more ficton about latin/black men.
To use a sentence from the book itself on the next to the last page when Keith was describing his homewarming party..."...men of color who like other men of color, and without drama." This is just what it was about and it was so good!!! There just aren't enough books like this out there unfortunately.
All of the characters have their individual concerns, which unite them together. As the lead singer of an R&B group from back in the day, Tommie was "Mr. It" back then. Hooking up was not an issue. Now that he is a little older and has reached the big 3-0 mark, he is still clinging to his celebrity status with his much younger, jock boyfriend on his arm. Will Tommie's insecurities plague him from allowing love to blossom? Marco finds himself in a quandary when dealing with a long distance relationship. Can he stay faithful despite all of the temptation that presents itself each day? Keith finally thinks he has found someone who is too-good-to-be-true, hopefully this isn't the case. Rafael casts caution to the wind and does whatever is clever and feels good at the moment. In the end, who ends up with a broken heart and who walks away happily ever after?
The story is told from the first person, conversational perspective of the four friends. Not being familiar with the gay lifestyle, the depictions of the scenes seemed believable and despite the protagonists' sexual preferences, I found myself pulling for them to realize the happiness that everyone deserves and shaking my head at some of their antics. Although the it started out a little slow to me, if you're looking for a book that has handsome men, attitude galore, and relationship drama mixed with some same-sex partnering, then DOWN FOR WHATEVER may be the book for you.
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