Title: Boy Midflight
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie David (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2016 – 200 pgs
At eighteen, Ashley seems to have everything: looks, talent, and even a girlfriend. What more could a young man want? Yet something is missing, and he has to come to terms with his sexuality and the possible implications for his career in the public eye. He begins dating Chris but isn t sure he s head over heels in love. It s not the knight-in-shining-armor feeling he always imagined.
When Ashley is offered a big modeling job, he leaves his university in small-town Canada for a very different life in sunny Los Angeles, California. There he meets a slightly older man who makes him feel like he s in a storybook romance. But is Ashley ready for real love, or is it just infatuation? The world is spread out before him, at once limitless and daunting, full of endless possibilities one moment and opportunities cut short the next.
Ashley floats between certainty and confusion as he tries to unravel new feelings, deal with past pain, and decide what he wants from life and who he wants beside him during the journey.
I will honest and say that the first part of this book was confusing. This book is based off of Ashley’s pov and for the first part of the book I felt like he was all over the place which really started to confuse me. It was like Ashley was wanting to give past and present perspective all at one time. But I pushed through and got past it. Once I did and Ashley quit jumping from the past and present I was able to get into the book. It turned out once I was past that to be a really good book.
Ashley in my opinion has a preconceived expectations of the hat he wants his life to be. But like with anything that is not how it always turns out and even though life does not always go as we think I should, it sometimes turns out better.
Ashley in my opinion needs to set back and enjoy life instead of tryin to make it happen and once he does then his life starts to come together and “The One” he is supposed to be with comes into his life and he finally knows what love is truly like.
I really enjoyed reading about Ashley and his ups and downs. I enjoyed reading about him learning from his mistakes and coming into his own. Ashley is an amazing man and ended up with the a man that is just as amazing as he is.
Good read and look forward to more reads in the future by Charlie David.
This is not a traditional romance. It’s more a journey of maturing and self-discovery. I really like Charlie David’s writing, so I wanted to see what this would bring. I am still deciding how I feel about it. There were things I really liked and things I could have done without.
What I didn’t enjoy: Ashley is an obnoxious narrator. He’s immature and honestly not very nice. The whole first part of the book is his somewhat sheltered life, even at an arts school, where people can be neatly divided into categories: Gay, straight unless they get with another guy more than once, and women who flock to gay guys. There are literally zero other kinds of people. He spends a lot of time saying hurtful and obnoxious things in his head and in his journal more or less along those lines, much of which feels misogynistic and bi-antagonistic. It continues into the next part of the story, after he gets his modeling gig. I almost didn’t finish the book because of Ashley’s attitude.
What I liked: First, that it isn’t a traditional romance. I like that there’s a lot more to the story than “how the prince charmings rode off into the sunset.” I laughed my butt off at Ashley’s name for God (which I absolutely won’t spoil here). Ashley matures a great deal when he’s the one who has to take the lead in a new relationship. The playfulness and tenderness between Ashley and Mikal is absolutely wonderful, and I found it a good deal more romantic than most romances. I adored Fernando, who is incredibly cool, and Ashley’s reaction when Fernando opens up to him is the mark of someone who has learned to be a good friend. The end of this is just a big ball of sweet sunshine which left me happy and yet also wanting to know what comes next for all of them.
Overall, if you can get past the first part of the story, it really takes off about a third of the way in. Despite my misgivings, I still think the author is a skilled storyteller, and I look forward to future offerings.
Charlie David has been a host for E! Television, NBC, OutTV, LOGO, here! TV, Pink TV, EGO, Fine Living and Slice Networks on such shows as FYE!, SpyTV, Crash Test Mommy and his travel series Bump which shot over 100 episodes around the world and garnered a Hugo Television award. He has appeared as musical guest on VH1, BBC, CBS’s The Early Show, and dozens of radio shows.
In 2005 Out Magazine recognized Charlie in the ‘Out 100’ at their gala in New York. In 2007 the Philadelphia Film Society awarded Charlie with their Rising Star Award. In 2008 the Festival del Sol in Gran Canaria awarded their Best Male Actor Award to Charlie and the male cast of A Four Letter Word. Formerly in a rock band… okay, actually it was a boy band, Charlie opened for Destiny’s Child, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Rick Springfield and Black Eyed Peas.
A love of storytelling led Charlie to start Border2Border Entertainment Inc., a production company whose film and television credits include Mulligans, Judas Kiss, I’m a Stripper (series), Studlebrity and Positive Youth. Border2Border Entertainment’s films have been licensed to Showtime, Super Channel, HBO Canada, MTV/LOGO, Sundance Channel, Discovery Networks, The Movie Network, Movie Central, Hollywood Suite, hereTV, Encore Avenue, and OutTV in North America as well as finding a worldwide audience through international distribution partners.
He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and his current passions include travel, encounters with wildlife, SCUBA diving, mosaic tiling and podcasts. He resides in Toronto and Montréal, Canada when he’s not living out of a suitcase.