Author: Charlie David
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 21st 2012
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 1.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Based on the film of the same name, Mulligans is a novel about a poignant family drama with a twist. Tyler, a straight college jock, brings his best friend Chase home to stay with his family for summer vacation. The Davidson family welcomes Chase with open arms, but as the summer progresses, so does an unexpected attraction. Stacey, Tyler’s Mom, tries to hold on to her family while Tyler’s Dad Nathan struggles with his long-suppressed sexuality.
To be honest I have not seen the movie. All I knew about the audio book was that Charlie David both wrote and narrated it. Now, I make no bones about Charlie David being one of my favorite narrators so this was a no brainer for me to snatch into my hot little hands. Reading the blurb I figured it was going to be an emotional ride, and, boy, was I right!
With some narration I can immerse myself to the point I feel almost like I’m sitting in the front row of the story. That’s what happened to me in this case.
- For quite a bit of the story I was intensely uncomfortable. Mostly when the story centered around Stacy.
Wife and mother, with her mask of contented fulfillment striving to make up for the fact she got knocked up in high school and had to get married. Because that one event set the tongues wagging, she is deliberate in trying to create this skin of perfection that’s presented to the outside world of the perfect wife, mother and family. Watching this false life explode around her was just painful to witness.
Nathan’s late coming of age, and his ultimate destruction of his family and life up until that point because of the lies he’s told his whole life, just pissed me off royally. There were so many ways and so many years he could have handled this better. His actions were ultimately so bloody selfish. However, it was his pursuit of Chase, and it was his pursuit, that was wrong on so many levels, mostly because he had no intention of following up, that made me feel nuclear.
I loved Chase. Loved getting a front row seat to his decision to be open and honest about who he is and getting to see him come of age.
- Frankly I had little sympathy for Nathan or Stacy – they both made their own beds. The most heartbreaking thing for me was the destruction of the friendship between Tyler and Chase. Tyler, who was already struggling with the whole “my best friend is gay and hid it from me for so long” thing, getting hit with finding out his father has cheated and then to see his best friend and father kissing…
This hit me right in the heart. The narration is good, even though I could tell it’s an early work of David’s. The character voices aren’t very different, so it was hard at times to follow along as to who was speaking at the time, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. David emotes so much, and puts so much passion into the storytelling, that I was swept happily along in the wake of this emotional rollercoaster. I like it. I like it a lot.