Posts Tagged ‘Foster High’

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In December 2011, John Goode wrote a short story named The Boy Behind the Red Door, a heartfelt Christmas aside set in the fictional town of Foster, Texas, and portraying a cutesy tale of the towns beloved toxic bachelor Tyler Parker.  Now John Goode is a very humble man.  In fact he’s infuriatingly self-depricating and has no idea of his talent (despite what myself, his mother and every other person who has ever picked up one of his books has said).  So when he tweeted about the release of the brand new Dreamspinner release, Taking Chances, I was expecting The Boy Behind the Red Door v2.0.  No.  Not even close.

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I just read it again.  The second time in no way diminished the effect.  Who is this guy?  He’s one part Salinger, one part Maupin and the goddamn Wizard of Oz!  And I’m not just saying that because he’s actually humble enough to read all his reviews.  Now, I don’t know John personally, but from reading his Tales from Foster High, I have no doubt that somewhere in the beautifully crafted tear-jerkers, he’s injected little parts of himself for everyone to read.  I’m convinced he has Kyle’s brains, Brad’s heart, Jennifer’s spunk and Robbie’s humour.  Which makes him, of course, the best person to tell the story of the lives of gay teens in Foster, Texas.

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Remember back in the 90’s when the cult film Jerry McGuire was released?  When Renee Zellweger uttered that one line that still gets used by everyone today?

You had me at hello!”

That’s how I feel about John Goode.  As soon as I picked up my copy of Tales from Foster High (actually I read the individual novellas) I completely and 100% fell in love.  The guys style is so beautifully conversational, it just drips of the tongue, and as an aside to that, he writes in the first person, for two separate characters, both with their own voices, both so sublimely endearing.

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