Note: This ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.
Boy Midflight is a coming-of-age story from author Charlie David. This is the second edition of the book, having been previously released under a different publisher some seven years ago, although, as the author notes in the beginning of the novel, the story hasn't been overhauled and mostly remains the same as its original counterpart. This also happens to be my second read from the author, with both main characters here in Boy Midflight and in Mulligans (both books re-released by Dreamspinner Press) being college students embracing their sexuality and learning that the complications that come along with relationships.
Ashley is eighteen when he first begins to realize that maybe he isn't as straight as he once believed himself to be. From college student with a girlfriend to an aspiring model dealing with a long distance relationship with a new boyfriend, Ashley discovers that nothing in either his personal or professional life is as simple as it seems. When he meets Mikal, he finds himself mesmerized by the man eight years his senior, and it isn't just because the man resembles a famous former model and actor that Ashley has been crushing on. Ashley's life is in mid-flight and the one thing he needs the most is to have someone to catch him if he falls.
This was a well-written story, one with a tale that I think a lot of those in the same age range as the main character can either empathize with or see a part of themselves in. There are many moments of insecurity and feeling unsure that Ashley goes through. He's eighteen and his life is only truly beginning. He makes his fair share of mistakes and they're all part of his learning process. This is, after all, supposed to be that time in one's life where you try to find out who you are and what it is you want to do with your life. Ashley is a sensitive main character, albeit prone to random or angsty inner monologues tending to go on and on.
Charlie David's writing has so far impressed me. Yes, I know I've only read two books written by the man, but if we're being honest here, there have been a number of one-hit wonders as far as authors are concerned. There's a genuine feel to his characters. They're flawed but it's difficult to turn your back on them and their story. I'm certainly curious to see if the main character in his next endeavor will be similar in age to Chase in Mulligans and Ashley here in Boy Midflight or if he'll go with someone older (although both Chase and Ashley are partnered with men older than them by several years). This one gets four stars. ♥
Release Date: 04 July 2016
Date Read: 04 July 2016
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