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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
What I liked about his story is that he told a story of (4) friends but in a way that I have not read until now.
The (4) main characters are Black and Brown Men and that is not the only thing that sets this book a part from its peers or rather lack theroef as for this reader this is the first time he has read a book that prominently features (4) characters who are Black and Brown.
For this reader who was born and raised in Los Angeles and who now lives in Brooklyn, New York, it re-minded me of the beauty of Los Angeles, it brought up memories of old haunts (i.e. Catch One, Circus, Tempo, Lucy Florence), people (Miss Martin, Ivan), and so much more.
It was a rarity but I read this book to read it not do my analysis of this book but to enjoy this story written by Frederick Smith.
I will admit (lol) that this book had me internalize (imagine
that...lol) and see how the gay lifestyle is and about and there were passages that Mr. Smth wrote that I may re-visit at a later time but let me marinate for the time being a story that is and about Black and Brown Gay Men.
As the book title suggests and may it be an affirmation for goodness in your life be...Down For Whatever
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Being a mostly white, out,gay man who usually dates men of color, the book gave me a greater insight to some things I...Read more