A young actor is intrigued on who his father is, and hires a private investigator to search him out and report back. TJ and his father share a first name, and that’s all TJ thinks they have in common. To TJ’s surprise, his father, Tony actually shows up to the hotel they had arranged to meet at.
Tony isn’t surprised at the choice of hotel the private investigator told him to meet his son. It’s extravagant, and luxurious, a lifestyle Tony isn’t used to, but he knows his son is, from reading the many tabloids over the years.
This is a book about Tony who abandoned his son and daughter at age six because of the insanity TJ’s mother, grandmother, and aunt put them through. Finally TJ and Tony can both agree that his mother is a hard woman to live with, and his aunt and grandmother are just as bad.
When TJ and Tony finally meet, it’s a lot of back and forth conversation that leads to a lot of defensiveness. Tony thinks TJ wants a meaningful relationship, with a heart felt apology. TJ wants…well, I don’t think TJ knows what he wants.
Throughout a big portion of the book, they share different parts of their lives with one another. In between almost every subject they come upon, they argue a bit. I wondered what would be Tony’s breaking point, that he finally cut the conversation off and left.
TJ and Tony are interesting characters that seem very similar in personality and opinions, they just don’t know that. Their dialogue was sometimes so choppy it was difficult to tell who was speaking. A large part of the book is just the meeting they have in the hotel, and the conversations they had during their first introduction. I felt like the book repeated itself, bringing up the same subjects with the same expressed opinions. Overall, it’s a good book for those that don’t mind a lot of dialogue, and a limited amount of settings. I’d give it a 3/5.
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