Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Franky Gets Real by Mel Bossa

Title: Franky Gets Real
Author: Mel Bossa
My Rating: C+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Release Date: December 2011

ISBN: 978-1602825857
Publisher: Bold Stokes Books
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Sexual Intensity: mild, but lots of insinuation

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Lately, life has been giving Franky the finger, and it isn't the index. He’s lost the map to his life. What he needs is a getaway. A break from the city. But most of all, he needs a breather from Geena Piranha Pirelli, his domineering girlfriend and...boss. 

Franky escapes with his four childhood friends, heading to the woods for a four-day camping trip. With their twenties over, the old gang faces adulthood. Responsibilities. Marriage. Picket fences. Wyatt, king of cool, is now a father of three. Holly, feminist extraordinaire, is a law student with a bright future. Nevin, brains of steel, is a network engineer living with his disabled mother. And Alek, Wyatt's young, elusive brother? 

Alek is the man with the liquid gold eyes. The man whose touch left an imprint on Franky's soul fifteen years ago. Is that beautiful moment gone forever? Determined to find out, and against all obstacles, Franky sets out to find the lost treasure he'd stopped looking for, but he is soon confronted with the one thing he's been running from all of his life... 


My Review:
Whoa, this is one of those books...serious guilty pleasure. This book is just like when you are flipping channels and catch sight of one of those horrible talk shows full of misfits. This book is one of those shows. This book is about five friends who have been friends since high school, but are now all in their 30's. They go out on a 4 day camping trip where all their secrets (and there are MANY) come out. Whoa, these are some messed up people. It is fascinating in a warped kind of way. You can't stand to look away because so much is going wrong and awry with these five people.

I honestly don't even know how to rate this because I can't honestly say that I enjoyed the book, but I did read it in one setting, which is usually a sign of a good book for me. I would like to be able to say that there were some life lessons in all these people's messes, but if there were, then I missed them. At each turn, I just became more and more thankful that I didn't have to deal with the issues that these five were dealing with. If there was a societal issue to be found, one of these five was dealing with it. The depth of their group dysfunction was almost humorous. And worst of all is Franky. Not that his issues are so earth-shattering, it's just that he is in such deep denial about the where his life and psyche is at. It was painful to watch him waffle back and forth between what he needed to do and admit and what he would actually do. Franky invariably made the wrong choice. I think that this is one of the few books where I wanted to interact with the main character and give him a good talking to about reality and accepting it.

So, can I recommend this book? Honestly, I don't know. If you like "those" talk shows, then you probably would enjoy the drama of it all. For me, it was a bit much to actually call this something that I enjoyed, but it definitely was an interesting read.

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