Eileen Gonzalez lives, writes, and geeks out over comic books in Connecticut. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys researching future writing projects, watching movies with her family, and spending time with her very ill-behaved Maltese, AJ. Her short stories have appeared in Potomac Review, Toasted Cheese, Helix Magazine, Vitality and Wizards in Space.
on Feb. 28, 2015 :
To my surprise I actually enjoyed this very short read.
This story was more of "A Look Into the Life Of ..." type of thing.
Joshua (whom likes to be called Jodie) is a young boy, only 13 years of age, and he'd known for some time now that he was gay. His favorite pass time was dressing in his mother's clothes and putting on her makeup. However, on day Joshua gets caught kissing another boy, and that's when things get interesting.
His mother insists that he see a psychiatrist to "fix" him. While the story doesn't blatantly say it, it does imply that his mother is a very religious person, and that she is not all too happy about her son being gay. Joshua's father, on the other hand, is very supportive.
When Joshua goes to the psychiatrist, said Doctor tries to coldly get Joshua to admit that he's been sexually abused in the past. However, Joshua isn't having it. As it turns out, Jodie is a lot smarter than the Doctor gives him credit for.
The prose are very well written, the depiction vivid and interactive. It paints a clear picture of all that is happening and it makes the reader care about the impending outcome. The author has a way of describing things through the eyes of a teenager that allows no room for question. To anyone reading this story, it is absolutely being told by a young and intelligent kid.
If I were to say anything negative about it—IF it could be considered negative at all—it would be two things.
(1) While the blurb stated that this is based in the 1970's, there is nothing in the story that leads one to believe that that was the actual time frame. It could easily be misconstrued as a modern day story.
(2) As it seems to be common with lots of short stories, I feel as though is cut off right in the middle. I do find that I might have to explain what I mean here. The story DOES had a beginning, middle and end, as it were, but nevertheless, the ending has the sense of being incomplete.
One other point, while this isn't a bad thing per say and more of a personal preference. I would have liked to see a more crafty and creative cover. I think that this cover is nice but it does not match the richness of this short story. I think that a more alluring cover would do wonders to attract more readers to this worthwhile book.
Besides those two things, this is definitely a story I would recommend. Well done.
(review of free book)