by Dave Patten
Published by G Street Chronicles Release date : October 10th, 2013 (first published September 10th 2013)
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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Famous musician, 26 year old millionaire, and known playboy Tyler Clark finds himself launched into his repressed past after a chance encounter with an old friend during the after party of one of his concerts. Under threat of blackmail, Tyler is forced to painfully reveal the truth behind the summer of 2002 a summer that started with drugs, sex, and good music, and ended in tragedy, betrayal, and suicide.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I am kind of at a loss for how to even begin this review. I am SO conflicted. There were many things I enjoyed, yet at the same time, hated.
Have you ever read a book that has good, solid writing, but then those pesky emotions get evolved and separating the two becomes difficult and the lines get a little blurry? When a book takes you out of your comfort zone and throws reality in your face? Sometimes, the bad guy wins. Sometimes, we don’t get a HEA. Sometimes, situations arise that make you uncomfortable, yet are realistic.
For me, Run of the Mill is that book.
This is a very, very well written book. It’s very dark, full of angst and the very bluntness of the novel is to be appreciated. How we get into the story of Tyler’s life was fascinating. We see all the events unfold over the course of his life that made him who he is today. There is no sunshine here. We get the uncut version of this guy’s life. And there were plenty of times, it was VERY UGLY. Also, I’m not sure if this is how teenage boys are, but it was pretty hilarious to get an up close and personal look into their heads.
It’s not just one “tragic” event that has molded Tyler into what he is. It’s an array of things over the course of his life. Anger. First love, betrayal; to name a few. Not to mention, his stint has a drug dealer (marijuana, but still). That, I appreciated. But the lack of growth by Tyler was astounding.
First, let’s talk about the “touchy subject” I keep bringing up. Rape. I know this comes out some kind of way, but I have read my fair share of books that focus on rape and rape victims. So the fact that it’s here, in Run of the Mill, wasn’t my issues. It was an issue because it was here THREE times. THREE. All different scenarios but there. Not only that, I didn’t like, personally, how it was handled. Yet at the same time, I can’t help but see it as a more realistic portrayal of how some people DO handle it. Not that I condone it, ever-at all, but there are quite a few things I felt, were very realistic.
Confusing huh. So, let’s break it down into spoilers. View Spoiler » We meet Rachel in the beginning. She is posing as a reporter and wants “The Story”. However, the fact that she sleeps with Tyler and then later, claims rape and bribes him, isn’t the best of ways to start off the book. I can’t say for a fact that this does/doesn’t happen, but I can only image it does. Still. The fact that a woman would go to such lengths for something she wants is… well, sick. « Hide Spoiler Okay, so we have that. Then we have the rape of Jules. View Spoiler » Kyle, Tyler’s best guy friend, rapes her. She later, commits suicide. He is placed in a juvenile detention center but, IN MY OPINION, gets off easy and is released after his 18th birthday. Give or take. « Hide Spoiler Then later, we have the situation with Tyler and Veronica. This one, pissed me off. Not only because of what he said/did to her, but because of everything surrounding the whole ordeal. There were some things thrown in there, and we got no explanation. You also have to think if rape was really a factor. It’s pretty obvious it is but HE didn’t. He freaked. Which, isn’t a pass but again, REALISTIC. Then later, with Kyle. Yeah, his ass makes an appearance again.
So, based on all that, you can see where things would not sit right with me, personally.
Okay, moving on now.
As I said before, there was no growth to Tyler. If redemption is what he was looking for, he did NOTHING for it. As a teenager, I had a lot of compassion for him. He was head strong and smart. But as he got older, he become this bitter, angry person again; that was able to get away with pretty much everything. I really didn’t like him at the end, to be honest. I can see the realism in the situation. Do I like it? Uh, NO. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
The ending. This, was wrapped up a little bit to nicely. I was angry that Kyle was there. I was angry that Tyler did NOTHING to redeem himself, or turn himself in. I was angry it seemed like Tyler was getting a happy ending. But again, does this NOT HAPPEN?
To conclude. Personally, there were a lot of things I felt were a bit much and I didn’t handle very well. Emotions aside, I applaud Dave for stepping out of box, crossing that line and writing what he did. Other than a few plot holes, this was a pretty great debut.
Overall – I did like it. Dave has a way with his storytelling that snags you in. Dark, edgy and insanely intense, Run of the Mill is a quick yet emotional read full of raw honesty. Not for the light heart though, that’s for sure.