Review of Queer Dirty laundry by Jason Lloyd

Queer Dirty LaundryQueer Dirty Laundry by Jason Lloyd

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

hmmm, I am not sure what this was… The blurp states that it is a coming of age story, and I guess, in some ways it could be labeled as such…

There is really no plot to speak of, but the story is narrated by Jason, who relates his life story in snippets, to his friend Kevin during a car ride to the train station – going to visit Kevin sister (I think, at least there is a reference to the two being related).

The stories have nothing to bind them together, they are random experiences from Jasons life. Bullying in school, chat room friends, coming out as gay, his first boyfriend, losing his virginity etc. In the end I was left with a strange feeling of, huh? What was the point of this?
I am guessing, based on the timeline of the stories Jason are telling, that Jase and Kevin are in their late twenties. This is only a guess though, because it would seem that Kevin lives with his mum, and they both behave like 12 year olds, their “banter” is forced and sound like they deliberately try to “one up” each other on who can be most vulgar…

This story needs a lot of things, an editor first and foremost! There are typo’s, errors and past and present tense switching at the drop of an hat, sometimes even within the same sentence – it is incredibly annoying and distracting! It reads more like a rough draft than a finished story.

And it feels like the story got away from the writer, because it starts out quite strong, with Jasons “life flashing before his eyes”-moment after a near collision and ends up with thoughts in a similar vein, when sitting next to his best friend on a step outside the sisters’ apartment building…
Also, besides the point that all of the characters we are introduced to are unlikeable, there are a lot of interesting things you could have run with buried inside the little tales of Jason’s childhood, adolescence and youth…

But unfortunately the author seems to be just as afraid of touching anything meaningful or deep as his characters are, so we never get to delve into anything. We skirt along the surface of bullying, near rapes, of possessive assholish boyfriends etc.
One character are allowed to throw out a few deep-ish platitudes, but she always quickly follows them up with having read them on a hallmark card, just to ensure that we realise how corny she is being.

I think there were the bones of something interesting in here, but it turned out to diffuse to be anything really… So you end up feeling indifferent towards it.

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