Hey, this review is a Palate Cleanser first, as it is part of the blog tour arranged by Diverse Book Tours for Faye McCray’s intriguing novel Boyfriend. Yes, books now go on virtual tours around the Internet. It’s a modern day!
Ms McCray’s story is perhaps not one that you would immediately turn to if you’re in search of a mega-romantic, happily-ever-after read – however, if you’re looking for an interesting story of a deeply flawed but attractive character, then look no further, my friend. The story is told from the perspective of Nate, who we first encounter as a college student who has a way with the ladies. When he meets and sweet-talks good girl Kerry, he’s set on a path to love that he cannot quite deal with. So when the opportunity arises to embark on sexy but inappropriate secret relations with Kerry’s best friend Jayna, a woman who seems to understand his troubled background better than his privileged girlfriend, it’s not hard to see that soon things are bound to implode. And implode they do, leaving Nate to barely graduate, and having to move back in with his world-weary mother and unpleasant, alcoholic father – a man after whom Nate may begin to take, much as he’d hate that to be true. He enters into a relationship with a new woman, Allison, and seems to be getting his life on track, even agreeing to start a family with her when she falls pregnant. However, when Kerry falls back into Nate’s life, he makes some questionable decisions. In short, he doesn’t know what he wants, and almost ruins everything in the process.
“Diversity” is a word that is bandied about is desirable these days with a slightly empty emphasis, but I did certainly find it refreshing to encounter a complex black man at the centre of a story such as this. While Nate’s character can be hard to like, and makes some frustratingly terrible and rather wildly fickle choices over the course of the story, Ms McCray does a good job of making us understand the underlying causes of his behaviour, and also takes us into the mind of someone who knows he’s making mistakes but often doesn’t know how to stop himself. Worth giving this one a try.
Cringe Factor 2/5
Is it Hot in Here? 2/5
For the Love of Feminism! 2/5
Overall Tasty Goodness 3/5