Reviewed by Kimberley
SERIES: Boystown Season 4
AUTHOR: Jake Biondi
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace ID
LENGTH: 480 pages
“From outside the building, flames could be seen and yells could be heard. In the distance, the sound of fire truck sirens gradually grew louder. As the club windows shattered, fire and smoke emerged, working their way up into the sky. The wind pushed the smoke across nearby blocks quickly and it soon passed over the area where Derek’s bloody body rested on the ground. The moon hung high over the city of Chicago, casting its warm glow on everything beneath it.”
-BOYSTOWN Season Three
The horrific night club fire leaves lives and relationships forever scarred. As the flames die down and the smoke clears, survivors struggle to rebuild. At the same time, the race to save Derek Mancini and to bring his shooter to justice begins — while the search to identify the new Mancini brother continues.
More catastrophic than the fire, a special birthday celebration propels lives in dangerous directions. While some work to end the Mancini-Ciancio feud permanently, others use it as motivation to put a life-threatening plan in place. Meanwhile, two couples prepare for their weddings, one couple struggles to survive its secrets, and a new couple forms an alliance that will ultimately destroy several people around them. Plus, the arrival of a new doctor and his son to Boystown impacts the lives of everyone they meet.
It all builds up to a wedding weekend that will leave the lives of Boystown residents in peril.
*Cue soap opera music*
On this season of The Young and Messy aka Boystown…
Well, we pick up where we left off in season three. Perfect. It’s so much that goes on in the book. Let me just begin by saying that this group of friends really needs to reexamine the meaning of the word.
Max: “We don’t have room for toxic people in our lives.”
Wait—say what now? Everyone in that group would qualify as toxic!
With the amount of shade and drama, foolishness and mayhem this group generates with each other they all should move to opposite corners of the world. They shouldn’t call, write, email, voicemail, sign language, or even smoke signal each other. They are just that trifling.
The relationships of the individuals in this group of frenemies is so tangled, so messy, and the shenanigans these guys pull is absolutely fabulous! It’s soap opera deliciousness on every page.
Secrets and lies are finally revealed which affect everyone in this group of ‘frenemies’. There are plot twists and turns for days with each new secret revealed juicier and more shocking than the one before it. This book is chock full of lies, infidelity, blackmail, secrets, attempted murder, and overall ratchet-ness; there are so many ICE (I Can’t Even) moments in this book…it’s unreal.
In this season, Max’s good guy façade finally slips, Derek is still an ass, Logan begins to spiral downward again, and Keith’s secrets are revealed. Justin changes for the better and Emmett is still as Pollyanna as ever. Joyelle turns into the perfect candidate for a Maury paternity show—her big reveal I did NOT see coming.
And of course, Marco, not to be outdone, drops a bombshell of his own.
The villains step up their game to even deadlier levels. Rachel Carson is beyond insane. Actually, I’m hoping that next season has her being mowed down by a bus or eaten by pack of rabid dogs. New characters are introduced with surprising connections to the core group.
This series is way better than the soaps on television. Biondi’s Boystown series is this fantastic mixture of 80s Dynasty drama with a modern LGBT twist to it that is absolutely brilliant. I could not stop reading this book once I started and it’s been that way with this entire series. His writing isn’t just good, it’s superb!
These characters are so DELICIOUSLY messy, shameless, low down and dirty, scheming and trifling. It is GLORIOUS. The twists and turns in this book are non-stop and will keep you on your toes from page one to page four hundred and eighty.
Biondi has a way of spinning a story that will keep you positively glued to that book. I didn’t stop reading until I finished the entire book. I finished reading it two hours after receiving it. It was just that damn good.
If there was ever a series that needed to be made into YouTube or even a made-for-DVD type thing, this series is it. I highly recommend this to everyone.