Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Jetsetters by David-Matthew Barnes

Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, September 2012,
Pages: 264


Chicago college student Justin Holt is at his barista job, talking with his lesbian boss, Starsky, when a strikingly-handsome Latino young man comes into the coffee shop, asking if he could hang up a flyer advertising his band's show at a nearby club. Justin buys Diego a cup of coffee, and it seems obvious to an observer - Starsky, Justin's lesbian employer - that there is definite chemistry between them. This becomes more apparent when Justin goes to the show, and his band mates, who immediately identify Justin as "that guy" Diego has been talking about. 

Of course, love rarely develops without some obstacles along the way, and Diego and Justin encounter more than their share of these, with Diego's touring schedule, shakeups with the band's other temperamental members, an unexpected tragedy, and Justin's fear that he might be unintentionally hurting Diego's chances for musical success. Decisions are made, and life goes on, in this emotionally bittersweet exploration of what true love requires. 

Excellent storytelling, with relatable fully-developed characters, which is what I have come to expect from this talented author. Five stars out of five.

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