Book Review: Boystown: Season One

Boystown: Season One Jake Biondi

One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago’s BOYSTOWN has something for everyone. So it’s no wonder that Jesse Morgan and Cole O’Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college. Ready to begin the next phase of their lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of a new group of friends. Joyelle and Derek Mancini have been happily married for years, but Derek is harboring a secret that could tear them apart. Derek’s brother Emmett is about to discover that his boyfriend Keith Colgan has a past that will haunt them both. Long time couple Logan Pryce and Max Taylor must face a crisis that neither of them expected. And, before they realize it, Jesse and Cole find themselves at the center of it all in the adult playground known as BOYSTOWN.

Boystown comes across like a gay soap opera, which I think is Biondi’s intention.  The “season” is broken down into several “episodes,” and the storylines are very much like those found in soap operas.  It seems half the people are cheating on their partners and there’s a dangerous criminal on the loose, and of course there’s the usual soap opera-type drama to keep the story going even in the “quiet” moments. Biondi’s writing is rather sparse, but the oddly captivating story easily makes up for it.  I have to admit that halfway through the first episode, I wasn’t really taken by it, but once I dug into the second episode and really caught on to the soap opera style, I was quickly hooked.  And with each episode ending on a cliffhanger, I, of course, had to immediately dive into the next one.  It was like binge watching but for books.

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