Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Man Who Loved Too Much by John Rachel (Archipelago, #1)

The Man Who Loved 
Too Much
by John Rachel

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Archipelago - Book 1
Publication Date: November 9, 2014
Publisher: Literary Vagabond Books | John Rachel
Genre: Adult Fiction|Satire
Print Length: 308 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Poor Billy Green! When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash. He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies. His mom did everything to protect him. But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland! Catholic school didn’t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun. Home life was dismal. Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting? And what was with that neighbor who made puppets and tried to molest Billy? Golly! Detroit was sucking the life out of him. At such a young age. Then adolescence swirled around him. Like water in a toilet bowl. High school was a B movie. Only without a plot. So finally he did something about it. Billy ran away … to college. Cornell University. That was a good move for sure! He studied hard, lost his virginity, met the love of his life. Things were definitely looking up! What could possibly go wrong?

The Man Who Loved Too Much (Archipelago #1)My Review
The Man Who Loved Too Much by John Rachel

Grab the sunglasses! John Rachel’s The Man Who Loved Too Much is simply brilliant story telling that keeps one guessing, is he serious, is this pure satire, should I cry here, is it okay to laugh out loud, how am I relating to so many events?

Billy Green survived and often manipulated his growing up in a dysfunctional family from Detroit and its suburbs. From the Thanksgiving Parade to his academic misadventures, Billy seems to have a target on his back, saying “Kick Me Here.” Too intelligent for his own good, with an inner rebel just dying to get out, his antics often backfire, even when sent to the mysterious world of Catholic schools and nuns, with their requisite tissue up their sleeve. He carried his school career to new heights in public high school, while planning his great escape to college. Little did he know that many of his defining life moments were still ahead of him inside those glorious halls of higher education. Confusion, feelings of being disconnected, an unintentional babe magnet and losing his virginity in a less than romantic way, who would have thought that love would run our Billy over like a steamroller?...a steamroller with spikes, no less.

Did I mention brilliant story-telling and John Rachel in the same sentence? It’s worth repeating, trust me! Take a walk on the “definitely unique” side of life, empty your head completely before plummeting heart first into this tale of one young man’s often painful journey to manhood. It’s even okay to laugh, because John Rachel’s tale isn’t meant to depress as it nails what we can all relate to in one way or another. Mr. Rachel has a fresh style that refused to let go as each page unveiled another scattered island in the tumultuous sea that is Billy’s life. Was it Detroit? Fate? Life? All I know is this is pure reading entertainment! Billy even answered the age-old question: "Do nuns have feet?"!!

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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