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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

BE[(COM)ING] REAL by Megan Noelle

Llumina Press, Coral Springs, FL
Genre: Fiction
Rating: Good
ISBN: 9781595266576, $12.95, 180 pp.

This story is about two people–Donna DiSimone and Kenny George–and the dynamic changes in their lives. Donna, a person with a terrible self-image, has known Kenny all her life, and they both thought he was gay. Donna’s engagement to marry and Kenny’s sexual breakthrough into heterosexuality bring about these life-altering changes.

The title of the novel is Be[(com)ing] Real as these characters supposedly stop meandering through life and take charge of their lives.

What do you think? . . . can people really take charge of their lives? . . . or do we just continue to meandering and stumble along . . . deluded that we are in control. Certainly, we all have breakthroughs along the way with regards to attitudes, drugs and sexuality which help us to minimize the drama to which we subject ourselves. Does that mean we were ‘less real’ before the breakthroughs and that we are ‘more real’ after? And whose to say Donna’s marriage will last and Kenny will not return to his ‘gay’ status? Life is full of surprises and the only guarantees are change and that it will all end one day.

Megan Noelle is a good writer in that she can tell a story, but not an exceptional writer at this point in her writing efforts. For the price and if you like the subject matter, you may want to give it a try.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - March 20, 2007


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