Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review: "BOYSTOWN: Season Four" (Jake Biondi)

Things like love and lust, trust and betrayal, contentment and anger are sometimes so closely identified or intertwined that it's impossible to separate the individual strands.

Now, in BOYSTOWN: Season Four, the fourth installment of the BOYSTOWN series by author Jake Biondi, you too can read along in cinematic format the continuing story about the Ciancio and Mancini families and their feud, the terrible restaurant fire that destroyed so many lives and relationships, the various permutations of those relationships (most of them gay), and the new-and-improved evil force waiting in the shadows to unleash its full wrath.

Readers familiar with the first three seasons of the series will be gratified to find that the same minimalist style of writing --- akin to what you'd be watching were the series televised --- carries over to this most recent addition. Literary fiction, this is not ... it's more of a contemporary drama, bordering sometimes on the melodramatic, for genre.

And it makes tremendous sense that the author chooses to write with such spare, sparse prose. Otherwise, if there were flowery descriptions and long, thoughtful monologues or inner dialogues, it would be impossible to keep track of the dozens of different story lines at play here.

On occasion, it does feel next to impossible to follow the various relational amalgamations that take place: Person A who used to date Person B is now dating Person C but misses Person B enough to risk the current relationship with Person C, while Person C figures it out and runs to Person D about the possible betrayal, and Person D also happens to have once dated and slept with (or only one of the two) Person A and Person B ... 

Still, what makes for challenging reading on the page (one of these days, I'm going to make good on my threat to sit down and chart out a diagram or blueprint or family tree, of sorts, to track all the different failed, current, former, and potential relationships going on in the story) will no doubt make far more sense on screen at some point, with individuals given their own respective faces, styles, and gestures to differentiate.

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Author: Jake Biondi
Title: BOYSTOWN: Season Four
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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