Talking About Fungus by TJ Baer
Torquere Press
Gay Contemporary
ISBN: 978-1-60370-034-4, 1-60370-034-X
Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Jamie’s having a rough time of it.  He’s just been dumped by his hot-but-not-particularly-bright boyfriend, his best friend seems to be in love with him, and his sister has abruptly shown up on his doorstep.  When he meets sexy Abe at the hospital, he’s instantly smitten.  They have one great date, but then terrible news takes him back home.  Will Jamie make peace with his father?  And will he and Abe be able to pick up where they left off?

When I first saw Talking About Fungus, the first thing I thought was “What’s up with the weird title?”  Luckily, I stopped worrying about that because as soon as I began to read the story I was quickly drawn in.  First-person narrator Jamie is sometimes emotional and angst-ridden, but he’s also funny and very likeable.  His confusion over what to do regarding his friend’s feelings for him was realistic, even when I wanted to shake him.  The supporting characters, such as his usually nutty but occasionally serious friend, Aaron, his overdramatic sister, his gruff father, and a couple of others added drama, emotion, and humor to the story.  Jamie’s love interest, Abe, seemed like the perfect catch: sweet, respectful, attractive, etc.  I was rooting for them to get together the whole time, especially when tragedy separated them temporarily.  I would have liked to have more of Abe in the story, and the resolution of the whole Aaron situation was a bit odd, but overall Talking About Fungus is a quick, fun, lightly angst-filled read perfect for a summer afternoon.  

     

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