Title: Midlife Crisis
Author: Rob Rosen
Publisher: Fierce Publishing
Release Date: August 20, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Page Count: 182
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Jack is thirty-five and single once again. He is not, as he as quick to point out, going through a midlife crisis. Still, it would be nice to have a partner. And so he sets out on an adventure to find the one-time love of his life, Bing, a man he hasn’t set eyes on in more than fifteen years, a man who has seemingly vanished off the face of the planet. With the help of his family and friends—plus the family dog and, of all people, his high school bully—he goes searching for Bing, only to unearth an ages-old mystery that puts them all in grave danger. In this hysterically funny tale of romance and self-discovery, the question remains right on up to the surprise ending: can we return to our past in order to better our future?
Meet Jack. Jack is 35 years old, a teacher, and on summer break. Jack is not having a (*cough*) mid-life crisis after breaking up with his boyfriend of six months. Jack is temporarily visiting his parent’s, staying in his old room (complete with Madonna poster). Jack decides to go looking for his high school love, Bing. Jack finds Dave, high school jock and bully. Jack finds Bing. Yay! Jack and Bing have a fling. And suddenly…it’s complicated.
This is light-hearted, sweet and cute. You’ve already met Jack above. There is Bing, the long-lost and found love. There is Dave, hot nurse and ex-jock. There is Brenda, Jack’s mom and force of nature to be reckoned with. We have Monroe, Jack’s best and now happily married friend. And Chomper’s, the elderly basset hound. It’s a tie whether I liked Chomper’s or Dave more.
The “mystery” part of this was a bit of a stretch, and perhaps that was the point, but I confess I had a bit of a hard time suspending my disbelief. As Monroe pointed out more than once, why the fascination with someone else’s deceased mother, whom the main character has never met. Jack insistence on following the mystery to the dramatic conclusion really didn’t make sense from a practical standpoint. But, this is fiction, which isn’t always practical.
Yes, yes, this is all a journey about self-discovery, not a midlife crisis, and finding closure. But after a while even I was agreeing with Monroe. Get over it and move on, Jack!
Though, if Jack had done that there wouldn’t have been a quirky, happy ending.
Ultimately, a feel-good, humorous and easy read that is meant to leave you with warm happy fuzzies. Plus it has Chompers. And Dave.