Title: Candy Everybody Wants
Author: Josh Kilmer-Purcell
I don’t even know what to think of this book. I loved the two previous works I have read by Kilmer-Purcell, but this one doesn’t quite know what it wants to be.
It’s the story of Jayson Blocher, a gay high-school kid living in Wisconsin in the 1980s who thinks he’ll gain popularity by making it big in television. To gain the attention of executives in California, he creates a rip-off of Dynasty and Dallas called Dallasty which has his friends and neighbors as the supporting cast. However, his masterpiece is backfires as it leaks to his classmates and he becomes a joke of his school.
Through a series of unbelievable events, he ends up in NYC, shipped off by his unstable mother who thinks he would be better off living with the father he never knew. His father happens to be a somewhat well-known aging celebrity who now runs an escort service. While living there, he gains some fame by ending up in a national commercial. However, he gains notoriety by ending up in a mixed-race relationship with a former child actor who is accused of being a prostitute. Add in a teen impregnated by a drug addict and a good Catholic mom who finds herself in a lesbian relationship and I have no idea what I was supposed to get out of this book.
After reading Kilmer-Purcell’s memoir you sort of expect the unusual. But even this one was too much for me.