Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review: Drew in Blue by: J.M. Kelley


Review: Drew in Blue by: J.M. Kelley
Release Date: December 1, 2010
Publisher: LazyDay Publishing
Genre: Adult Fiction

The Story: (From Kelley's website) Drew Doyle’s done a lot of stupid things in his life, but the biggest mistake by far was not paying attention to that 2% failure rate listed on the back of the condom box.

Drew In Blue is the story of a thirty-six year old loner unexpectedly saddled with the task of raising a baby while trying to sort out his mess of a life. Problem is, he just keeps making things worse for himself. It’s a running theme in Drew’s life, considering he never does anything the easy way. The River’s View, Pennsylvania gossip mill is watching each misstep as Drew juggles a price-gouging babysitter, a major case of artist’s block, and a best friend with an opinion to share on every bungled choice he makes.

Drew’s love life isn’t faring much better. Despite a long history of relationships that never really get off the ground, he falls head over heels for someone new, hoping that she might be the one to end his romantic bad luck streak. After a few abysmally bad false starts, things finally start looking up for Drew. That is, until he finds out (the hard way, naturally) that this new love interest isn’t the one for him after all. Turns out, it’s actually lifelong pal, and high school girlfriend, Kristina Moser.

Drew’s feelings for Kris intensify as he witnesses her growing bond with his son, and he finally realizes where he belongs. Now all he has to do is convince Kris he’s right… and she’s just not buying it.

My Review: Drew was not ready to be a father. With issues from his own childhood to deal with, an artistic career on hold, and relationships that never go quite the way he hopes, Drew's life is simply chaotic, and adding a child to the mix was not what he wanted.

But as Drew spends time with his son and watches the growing bond between Nick (his son) and Kris (his best friend for over twenty years) he tries to figure out where his life headed and what to do about various relationships. Drew's life is a study in Murphy's Law, but will he eventually get what he really wants, a family of his own?

I enjoyed this book. I know this was a work of fiction, but I could have easily been reading an excerpt from someone's life story, the characters are that real. There were times I laughed out loud at Drew and Nick's antics, but there were also moments that brought tears to my eyes as Drew dealt with being a new parent and with the demons from his past. Drew in Blue is both heartwarming and funny. If you want to read a touching story filled with laughable moments, I recommend this book to you.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so excited to see you enjoyed the story, Julie! Thank you so much for your kind words, it is much appreciated!

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