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PopDaddy: Boy Meets Boy Meets Baby Paperback – March 1, 2016
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"The book is a good complement to previous gay-dad memoirs about adoption. Emmy Award-winning actor and writer Dan Bucatinsky's Does this Baby Make Me Look Straight? (2012) is more about raising kids than starting a family per se, with insightful observations about parenting and gender assumptions. Sex-columnist Dan Savage's The Kid (1999) has a blunt and often racy style, which, while amusing, means it might not be the book you want to share with your own relatives to give them a glimpse of life as adoptive gay parents. (But if you do, more power to you.) Both earlier books also involve domestic adoptions, not international ones, and are set in more liberal states (California and Washington, respectively), rather than the Texas of PopDaddy. PopDaddy is thus a memoir of gay parenthood that takes readers to new places. It should find fans among other same-sex couples hoping to follow in their footsteps. As an ambassadorial missive, however, it should also delight readers of all types looking for insight into the variety of families today." - Dana Randolph, Bay Windows
"Laughter, life lessons and Lasik...this book has it all." - Ken Schneck host of This Show is So Gay
"Even when I was a closeted teenager, I believed that I might get lucky someday and find someone to love me. It didn't seem likely, but it wasn't impossible. I never thought I'd have children though. That weighed heavily on me and made coming out harder. I felt I had to choose between following my heart or being with a woman to start a family. Even after coming out, I didn't think kids were an option and thought that way for a long time. That's why books like PopDaddy by Jeffrey Roach are so important. It details his true journey to start a family with his husband. Young and old people alike need to see that gay people can be parents too!" - Jay Bell author of the Something Like series
"I absolutely loved this story, I didn't want it to end - but I wanted it to end because I just wanted them to be able to welcome home Jackson! It's rare to read a story that can compete with my fantasy world fiction stories that I devour, but this book managed to do just that. If you are looking for a story with an abundance of laughs, you've got to check this one out!" - Wendy for JoyfullyJay.com.
About the Author
Jeffrey Roach was born and raised in Kentucky and lives with his husband Ken and their son Jackson in Decatur, Georgia. Jeffrey takes his inspiration from everyday life. His writing revolves around universal themes like love, family, and friendship, with a healthy side order of calamity to keep things interesting. His first novel, PopDaddy, is a memoir that tells the story of how Jeffrey and his husband adopted their son from Guatemala.
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The author quickly throws us into the midst of his biological family, which is a little unnerving because you’ll likely be reminded of your own. As with any family, they can be tedious at times, but mostly their quirks and idiosyncrasies are entertaining. The writing style is similar to David Sedaris. Jeffery Roach has a talent for finding the humor in even the most mundane situations, although unlike Sedaris, his prose never gets morose. I laughed a lot while reading this book, sometimes due to what was happening, others simply because of the clever way the author chooses to phrase things. I did at times have trouble keeping up with who is who, especially in regards to the extended family, but again, this only made it feel more real. Family reunions can be weird like that. “Hi! Nice to meet you. Are we related?”
As for the baby, adorable little Jackson, he’s not featured as much as I expected. Probably for the best since babies—no matter how cute—don’t make for the most intriguing characters. Instead this book chronicles the decision to adopt, the trials of making that a reality, and the celebration and adjustment that follows. I would love to read another installment by Jeffrey Roach that further explores what it’s like to be a full-time parent. As for PopDaddy, if you’re looking for a book that is peppy, hilarious, romantic, and endearing, pick this sucker up! You won’t be disappointed. While the book doesn’t set out to guide people through the ever-shifting adoption process, or try to convince anyone that this is the one true path to happiness, I did find it helpful in making up my own mind. I definitely don’t want a baby. (Blame the roadside changing scene.) If we adopt, it will be an older child. Now please, Jeffrey, write the next book so I know what I’m in for! The rest of you, get reading! :)
Readers are given a raw look at the deep emotions, vulnerability and struggles that Ken and Jeffrey experienced during their quest to adopt their son, Jackson.
The narrative is written in Jeffery's voice and moves at light speed. This book breathes with his unquestionable funny sense of humor and timing. As Jeffery’s friend of almost 20 years, I can say it is packed with the same inside jokes and obscure references to 70's sitcoms a reader would get when talking to him in person. However, the pace and tone of the novel left me breathless and I found it difficult to continue at times.
We are very much living in another civil rights era. I believe Pop Daddy an important book, an undeniably heartfelt look at true love and the struggle to achieve a "normal" life so many of us take for granted. The story allows the reader to reflect on the progress made towards equality for gay and lesbian families.
I recommend it to anyone in need of a good love story.
Having said that, this is without question one of the funniest, most heartfelt books I've ever read. I sat down while on vacation and got up a few hours later having read it essentially cover to cover (I'd gotten a few pages in a few days earlier) and then told my wife "you have to read this". I knew bits and pieces of their story but reading this made me feel like I'd been there all along.
This really is a great story, told with such honesty that there are times when I laughed out loud and times when I teared up.
I almost died, I was laughing so hard, while reading the part about the Dixie cup! Of course, it could have been because I have a new grandson, and he has christened just about everything within shot of his little you know what. Also, I've raised a son as well, and will never forget (even after 39 years) the first time he let out a stream!
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who are in the midst of adoption as a means to bring laughter and enjoyment to them during this very difficult, stressful, and time consuming endeavor.
In the end, you will be blessed, because Jeffrey shared his and Ken's story with you, and you know they have given Jackson a home filled with love, family and friends. The most important being love!