Review – “Tim on Broadway”
Tim on Broadway
Carolyn Sohier, the Greta Garbo of divas, is giving a once in a lifetime concert that Tim can’t afford to attend. Tim—an overweight, twenty-something virgin—regrets lending the hunky bag boy at the grocery store money that could have bought him a ticket. Tim needs to call in his debts, but money isn’t the only thing holding him back.
The first time Tim met Javier, he was blown away by the attention. As an overweight, twenty-something virgin, he didn’t often—actually ever—get a guy, let alone a hot one, pay attention to him. The problem, Javier is straight; yet he gives Tim mixed messages. Tim can’t get Javier off his mind, unless he is pursuing his love for theater—or talking with his best friend, Julia, about the “unattainable” crushes they share on some of the guys back home in Salem, Massachusetts.
With the Carolyn Sohier concert fasting approaching, Tim struggles to get tickets. If he hadn’t lent Javier the money to, well, have his way with him in the beer cooler at the store they worked at together, maybe Tim wouldn’t have lost his job, and would be able to see Carolyn perform. But Tim’s learned his lesson from all this…or so he thinks.
At first, I honestly wasn’t sure how much I was going to like Tim on Broadway. It was quirky and original, so I appreciated that, but it felt a bit chaotic initially. It’s certainly not like any other book I’ve read. Tim and Javier weren’t polished–they were a bit of a mess to be honest–but they did feel real. Tim has zero self-esteem and Javier’s personal life is a train wreck. And yet, for all their flaws and mistakes, they brought out the best in each other and learned from those mistakes (eventually). I liked watching them grow and I liked their way their relationship developed.
And what initially felt like chaos in the early part of the story wound up being part of its charm. It’s a bit like the characters actually, messy and a little imperfect, but worth it.
Tim on Broadway was originally released as five short stories. If the first one hadn’t been available for free, I probably wouldn’t have decided to buy the whole thing, but I am glad I did. It may not be the book for everyone, but if you’re willing to invest a little time into the story, you might be surprised by how much you enjoy it.