After six years together, teacher Sean
Farnham and architect Kyle DeRusso are their friends’
shining example of the perfect relationship. Then in one
day everything changes. Sean is shot while stopping a
shooting in progress at his school. At first, Kyle is
terrified for his lover’s life. Afterward, he’s afraid
things will never get back to normal.
Being shot thrusts Sean into the
spotlight, and he sees an opportunity to do something good.
Suddenly public appearances and physical therapy are taking
over his life. Will Sean and Kyle be able to return to
their regularly scheduled life, or will secrets and
publicity tear them apart?
Regularly Scheduled Life
is a truly heart-wrenching story that really hit hard for
me. Everything about it rang true, from the shooting itself
to the emotional fallout. Tough, stubborn, self-reliant
Sean is unwilling to let Kyle do things for him and
determined to bring hope out of tragedy. I sympathized with
him even when I wanted to smack him for hiding his pain from
Kyle. Kyle wants to understand what Sean is going through,
but at the same time he just wants things to go back to
normal. He struggles to hold back his temper and do what
Sean needs, even when Sean doesn’t want to let him. Kyle
made a lot of mistakes too, but he seemed more vulnerable
and I just wanted to hug him. The secondary characters—Sean
and Kyle’s families, their friends Jack and Tony, the
publicist, Brandt, and students and families affected by the
shooting—are very well done and believable. KA Mitchell did
an excellent job of writing about a painful and tragic issue
with sensitivity, emotion, and realism. While
Regularly Scheduled Life isn’t an easy or
lighthearted read, I am very glad I read it.