“We are the boys who wear pink. We eat trauma for breakfast, we puke it out to fit into our skinny jeans and leather jackets.”
High school reunions were always a bitch. Especially if you’re one of the boys invited to Ryan’s party. Do you live it up with King and the Trouble Twins? Are you still cool enough to chug beer with basketball jocks Si and Badger? Or do you cower in the corner with mild-mannered Reyes and Angelo, the social outcast?
Also, who hired the stripper?
The night is endless. Watch twenty-four stories tangle as the boys reconnect, fight, reminisce, fall in love, fall out of love, get drunk, get high, get laid, and deal with a shared tragedy in their past.
Title: To the Boys Who Wear Pink
Author: Revan Badingham III
Publisher: Riley Palanca
Release Date: April 17, 2020
Genre/ Trope/ Themes(s): Contemporary LGBTQ+ Romance; Friends Reunion; hurt/ comfort; drug use; bullying; multi-POV; reminiscing (flowing from past memories to present situations); grief
Listening Length/ Pages: 284p.
SteaMMy Swordplay: 3 out of 5 ⚔
MMy Thoughts, Confessions, and Review🍹:
For anyone who has ever remembered their teen or young adulthood and wished they could have done it differently…RAISE YOUR GLASS!
For anyone who ever got left behind by those who promised to always have your back…RAISE YOUR GLASS!
For anyone who is still living in these times and are currently feeling the despair, know this too shall pass. While the scars remain, so you always remember, the pain will lessen even if the ghosts stay behind. YOU will love this story! Now…RAISE YOUR FUCKIN GLASS!
This story on the surface might at first seem like a bunch of spoiled friends getting together for a much overdue birthday celebration. If you dive under the surface of the happy party waters you see these men struggling to stay afloat. Legs kicking wildly, some have part of their limbs bloody and or missing from the predators circling unseen around them. Still, they smile and act as if they are happy and life is perfect.
These men do love each other, but they have not seen each other for years. Some have not even spoken for that long. Secrets, trauma, and tragedy caused their life raft to sink and now it is only the thin thread of hope that keeps their heads above the choppy waters.
I must confess, the Pink references went over my head at first (I’m old, don’t judge), I found the usage(s) clever. I loved the blends of so many character dynamics, and I took quite a few strolls down memory lane during my time with The Boys Who Wear Pink.
I highly encourage you to grab a copy of this unique and original story and meet this group of men. See if you spot yourself among them and when you do, as you are smiling on the past, raise your glass to the author! I did! 🍸
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. 🍷