Author: Xane J. Fisher
Publisher: Royal James Publishing
Genre: Short story
Book procurement: Received a copy from Royal James Publishing as part of their Blog Tour. See end of review for purchase links and a chance to win a prize!
Release Date: August 1, 2016.
Law school wonder student Ian Peters chronicles his first night home for the summer in Piedmont, Washington. What starts with a pleasant drive up the Pacific Northwest Coast leads him into a night of self discovery, contemplative self-assessment, and ultimately the question of what kind of man does he want to be? Along the way, he reconnects with friends, family, and an old flame who changes his world forever.
What started as a typical night of partying quickly becomes BoyzNite.
What can I say. Boyznite is a beautifully written fist to the chest, a short story about the realities that occur in the world and how sometimes, we are just out of our depth. One can only wonder how the rest of the story plays out. I myself feel compelled to do something about it, but perhaps that’s just the immature schoolboy in me.
The story follows Ian Peters and his nostalgic trip back home from law school. Along with his brother and childhood friends, they decide to have a reunion and party the night away. What follows is a typical drunken night with the boys, but also a life lesson intermingled between the testosterone, alcohol and the emotional turmoil of a young man who is slapped with the cold truths of life.
Like I said in my previous review of Something Borrowed from the Sticky Fingers anthology, “nothing is random in short stories”. And that’s not a bad thing at all, it is in fact a useful hook for the unfolding story. Once I saw that occurrence, I knew something was coming up, I just didn’t know what. And when it hit, it hit hard.
Do note that it is very much a boys night out so language is not excessive but present, and it does have a scene with light nudity – nothing overtly sexual. Nonetheless, I finished the short story asking myself this: can we truly rectify the injustices we see, and how much of ourselves are we willing to give for another?
The story is short and really well written. It wasn’t the most compelling story but it was a good emotive journey.
Rating: A touching 3 out of 5.