Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Mulligans by Charlie David

Based on the film of the same name, Mulligans is a novel about a poignant family drama with a twist. Tyler, a straight college jock, brings his best friend Chase home to stay with his family for summer vacation. The Davidson family welcomes Chase with open arms, but as the summer progresses, so does an unexpected attraction. Stacey, Tyler's Mom, tries to hold on to her family while Tyler's Dad Nathan struggles with his long-suppressed sexuality.

Chase never had many friends, but at college, he meets and forms close ties with straight jock Tyler Davidson—a connection he fears he’ll lose if he tells Tyler he’s gay. Keeping his sexuality secret becomes harder for Chase as he joins Tyler and his family at their idyllic lake house for the summer. It grows more and more difficult for Chase to avoid Tyler’s attempts to set him up with girls, and he’s tired of making excuses. Chase is ready to embrace the man he is, but he’s afraid of what it will cost him.

The Davidsons seem like the perfect family, but Chase soon realizes there’s trouble in paradise. Tyler’s dad, Nathan, has done everything to make a good life for his wife and children—including suppressing his sexuality and denying his needs for years. But like Chase, Nathan is growing weary of living a lie. What begins as an offer of support from Chase grows into an unexpected attraction that will have profound effects on everyone. Chase and the Davidsons are about to learn that there’s no such thing as a perfect family, but that perfection isn’t a requirement for friendship and love.

A Mulligan, in a game, happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action; usually due to lack of skill or bitter luck. A "Do-Over". 

I really liked the golf references behind the whole story. Even though I am not in to golf myself, it was Nathan's "happy place", so for the story to centralize around it was very meaningful. I also liked the hidden meaning in it when Stacey says the new rule is to not talk about golf. Just like she never talked about anything unpleasant or the fact that she knew her husbands secrets. When she brings the rule back it's kind of like a floodgate for everything. 

This book made me so nervous!! 
The whole time I was waiting for that other shoe to drop. You knew it was coming, it was just a matter of when. It has a very "mature" feel to it, and it also feels as if it were written as a play or screen write. I guess it makes sense as it is being turned into a movie. 

You get to learn all the characters inside and out and sympathize with each of them, in their own way. I think my favorite was Birdie. Everyone underestimated her and tried to keep her innocent, but she knew more then everyone gave her credit for. 

I thought it was definitely an emotional read, and a bit taboo. I can't say for sure if it was a happy ending, maybe more of a continuation to a journey to be happy. I really hope they all find themselves, and each other again.

The Making of Mulligans Video


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