Sidecar

  • by Amy Lane
  • Narrated by Chris Patton
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley. But that's just the beginning of their story.
Josiah Daniels wanted peace and quiet and a simple life, and he had it until he rescued Casey from hunger, cold, and exhaustion. Suddenly Joe's life is anything but simple as he and his new charge navigate a world that is changing more rapidly than the people in it. Joe wants to raise Casey to a happy and productive adulthood, and he does. But even as an adult, Casey can't conceive of a happy life without Joe.
The trouble is getting Joe to accept that the boy he nurtured is suddenly the man who wants him. Their relationship can either die or change with the world around them. As they make a home, negotiate the new rules of growing up, and swerve around the pitfalls of modern life, Casey learns that adulthood is more than sex, Joe learns that there is no compromise in happy ever after, and they're both forced to realize that the one thing a man shouldn't be is alone.

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Heartbreaking, Heartwarming, It's Got It All!

For the most part, I consider Amy Lane an insta-buy and Sidecar (audiobook version) was certainly worth the money spent. Josiah and Casey's story is not your typical gay romance; Casey is a homeless teen and Josiah a noble, kind man not about to take advantage of a vulnerable youth, so they don't actually get together until many years after they meet. So their story is a long, winding one, set to a late 80's soundtrack (well, the chapter titles are 80's song titles, at least), taking the pair through their first meeting when Casey is a gay, homeless teen in need of a home and Josiah over 10 years his senior and with a home and caring heart to provide. While Casey would jump at the chance to have a sexual relationship with Joe, Joe refuses and focuses on healing Casey's pain, both physically and psychologically, jumping through hoops to ensure that Casey has a safe place and a future.

Sidecar winds through the decades, carrying Joe and Casey through heartache, heartbreak, and so many heartwarming moments, a meandering trip through the vast hills and valleys of love. The tale touches on what it means to be gay/bisexual in the 80s and 90s, what it means to be a father (because Joe very much is Casey's foster father for those first 6 years), and what it means to sacrifice for the one you love.

The audiobook performance by Chris Patton is tremendously good, with very distinct voices for Casey, Joe, and the other characters, emotional and evocative and, at times, just plain sexy. His Joe sounds like like I'd imagine him to, especially when he's cranky, and his Casey voice grows with the young man, high and vulnerable when he's an adolescent, and deeper and more confident as he ages.

There are very few audiobooks that I will wind up listening to again and this one just made that list.
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- TPod

Utter Perfection

"Joe grimaced" for no less than 2,345 times in Sidecar. I'm joking, but I'm not; but you will not grimace at this amazing title. About as heartwarming a story as I have every read. It is perfection. The center of the story is not Joe, however; it's Casey. My God, what a kid, what a man. I wish I had a "Casey" in my life, who would not?

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- Jeffrey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2015
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC