The day he befriended the school
bully, Mikey Pierce, was a turning point in his life.
Mikey’s dad was everything his father wasn’t - rough and
rugged. Mr. Pierce set the precedence for all his
fantasies. Years later, he stumbles upon Mr. Pierce and
his poker buddy one night ‘settling’ a debt in the sweatiest
way imaginable, and everything becomes clear.
Poignant and overloaded with angst
and teenaged male hormones, My Best Friend’s Dad
is a delicious journey into young adulthood. The narrator
is captive to rampant desires for the blue-collar charms of
Mr. Pierce as he balances the sibling nuances of his
relationship with the painfully awkward (equally horny)
Mikey, who stumbles through his own heterosexual yearnings
like a randy bull in a high end women’s boutique. In
contrast, our young confessor is self-deprecating,
insightful, and curious. He’s hungry for this unexplored
new territory, eager to test his manhood and experience his
first time with another man. His maturity shows in the way
he handles his sexuality and the self-control he displays
when he is overwhelmed by his urges. One of the best scenes
is when an unexpected meeting guides him in the right
direction; it’s critical and heartwarming.
All in all, My Best Friend’s Dad
with bittersweet coming-of-age realism, toe-tingling nuggets
of suspense and enough erotic intensity to give the most
discerning readers their due. I got swept into the
narrative, developed a rapport with the precocious orator
along with the supporting characters. This is the first
time I’ve read anything from this author, and I was
delightfully surprised in so many ways.