I bought this book because the description really interested me and I have to say it did not disappoint. This is Justin Myers first novel and I sure hope he writes another one.
James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she’s moving to Russia. Adrift and single in loved-up London, James need to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo. After meeting a succession of weird/hot/gross men, James has fans and the validation he’s always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left unshared. Seriously, wherefore art thou Romeo…
‘I was suddenly, acutely, aware of all my competition. What if all the other men on the dating site were better than me? Eyes bluer? Taller, perhaps? More enthusiastic and spontaneous? The unseen enemy.’
First I have to say, Justin Myers is a fantastic writer. This book (and not many can) made me laugh out loud. It’s funny, witty and sharp. On the other hand ‘The Last Romeo’ is poignant, heartfelt and moving. It’s such an honest view on the dating lives on gay men in this modern world. I mean look at the quote above, we’ve all felt like this right? That’s why this book is so wonderful, because of its honesty, it’s integrity.
When I first started the book, I truly thought the plot was obvious, another gay romance story (don’t get me wrong I love them, and we need more) but this book is more than that. It’s a journey of self discovery, of finding who you truly and how doing something you love can lead to something wonderful. The plot moves along well, with a nice ending that took me by surprise. But I was really thrilled with the ending, it’s what makes this book special.
Now, I think this book should be read by everyone because it’s that good. But I really think it’s important for gay men, young gay men, single gay men to read. It’s a book that gives you hope, and an honest portrayal of our lives