Title: Becoming Andy Hunsinger
Author: Jere’ M Fishback
Release Date: 8/14/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Coming Out, M/M YA/NA
Page Count: 194
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
It’s 1976, and Anita Bryant’s homophobic “Save Our Children” crusade rages through Florida. When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant’s appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he is “outed” by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men and wonders if his friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who’s fighting his own sexual urges, can develop into something deeper. (less)
5 spoiler free stars! I loved every minute I spent getting to know Andy!
As I’ve stated in my review of Kevin Corrigan and Me, Jere’
M. Fishback, has solidified his place as an “automatic buy” author for me. It took a mere three impressive novels read back to back to sweep me off my feet and convert me into an instant fan girl. Fishback’s writing is so descriptive, poignant and lush. It’s easy to lose yourself in the world he creates, hanging on to every word of his MC’s as they tell you about their personal journey. I never find myself bored or restless, anxiously skipping pages to get to the point of a story. I’m a captivated reader, perfectly content to go at the narrator’s pace, curious to know if this will be an HEA, HFN or a bittersweet experience.
Of all the books I’ve read thus far, Becoming Andy Hunsinger is hands down my favorite read. Andy Hunsinger, is a different breed in comparison to Fishback’s other MC’s that I’ve come across. Every obstacle and challenge hurled in Andy’s way is dealt with deftly and courageously. Let’s just say that Andy is that guy who is willing to put it all on the line despite the fact that he’s scared shitless while doing so. There’s this admirable inner core of strength in Andy that is not present in most people. Andy, suffers from the same crippling thoughts of doubt and fear but what differentiates Andy from most is his drive and the unwavering belief in himself that there is absolutely nothing wrong with loving who you love and that in order to live a fulfilling happy life you have to pursue happiness at all cost while remaining true yourself, your values and appreciating your self worth.
Can you tell I’m 100% head over heels in love with Andy?
Andy Hunsinger was coming of age in a time ( 1976 to be exact) when public figures ( in this case Anita Bryant), made it their mission to vilify homosexuality and vigorously campaigned to restrict the quality of life for those individuals. The homophobia was palpable. Bryant’s unwarranted aggressive campaign lit a fire in Andy and this is the first time that Andy takes a stand against hate… in front of the entire nation. Revealing his true self to the world… before he’s even told his family.
There were repercussions that came Andy’s way as a result and Andy dealt with them with courage and eloquence despite the fear he felt in his heart regarding his family, friends and workplace. I don’t want to give you the false impression that this is a political book it’s far from it and the Anita Bryant experience is a very small blip that is only worth mentioning because it solidifies Andy’s path to be true to himself regardless of what the world thinks.
There is so much in this book. Andy’s path brushes on religion, family values, politics, the military, societal expectations and how all these spheres directly impact the quality of life gay people experience and combat. Many succumb to the pressure but a few brave souls like Andy thrive and rise above hate despite these difficult obstacles.
I found myself crying a lot during this story mainly because it’s so beautifully written, endearing and heartbreaking in some scenes. This is NOT your typical love story. Oh yes, there is def and HEA but you appreciate the HEA because of the epic journey Hunsinger experiences to achieve it. Read this story. I promise after you’re done, most of you will be very appreciative of the times you’re currently living in comparison.