Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gulliver Takes Manhattan by Justin Luke Zirilli

Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Publisher: AmazonEncore, May 2012
Pages: 426 

Twenty-something Gulliver Leverenz is sick of the gay scene in Los Angeles, made worse by a recent breakup with someone who won't leave him alone, and decides to take up a college friend's invitation to move to New York City, staying with him until he finds a place of his own. Gulliver is soon adjusting to the face-paced life of a Manhattan "A-Gay," and lucks into a job with a talent agent that has potential to be great. Unfortunately, like in L.A., a relationship gets in the way, and pushes Gulliver into a downward spiral that ruins friendships, costs him a job, and into making decisions he never would have imagined when he moved to NY just a few months before. 

This is a wacky, humorous take on the "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere" spirit of tough New Yorkers, as well as a practical lesson on how bad decisions can come back to bite you, big time. The first-time author shines in his character development, providing many fully-developed (but not necessarily likeable) supplemental characters. Ultimately, this is a positive story of overcoming obstacles to live your life, and is recommended. Five stars out of five. 


No comments: