What if youth wasn’t wasted on the young?
On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Ian Parker is looking for a reboot. He may be the proud owner of a trendy coffee shop in Austin called La Tazza Magica, but his love life has been MIA for years. During a trip to Denver with his best friend, Mark, Ian buys an enchanted chocolate from a mysterious candy store—then wakes up from a nap two decades younger. After the initial shock, Ian realizes a quirk of the universe has given him a second chance and, with Mark’s help, he devises a plan to start over.
With a new lease on life, Ian sets his sights on handsome architect Bartley James, a regular customer at La Tazza. He pursues Bartley as Ian’s twenty-one-year-old alter ego, Ryan, with decidedly unexpected results. Joining Ryan on his adventures are Matthew, the dreamy new barista, Jeremy, the geeky high-school math teacher, and Sam, the pizza delivery boy. Even as misunderstandings and expectations collide, Ian remains determined to right his past mistakes and find his off-ramp to happiness.
This is the first book by Brad Boney and the first narration by Dan McGowan that I have read/listened to and I have to say it was ok. The book wasn’t too bad and I can’t help but wonder if it would have been better with a different voice/narrator. The audio was a little over 5 hours long and it didn’t feel that long, which took me by surprise.
When I read the synopsis of Yes, I immediately thought about the movie Big (1988 Tom Hanks) and it was funny when it was referenced in book along with 13 Going on 30, both of which I love to watch. Ian Parker is a coffee shop owner in Austin, Texas who was hours away from celebrating his 40th birthday and by the sound of it was not very happy about or the decisions he made as a young man. If given the opportunity to go back and make changes, what would you do differently? Ian Parker learns what certain changes in life could do to a person. The beginning of Yes did not really lay out to you why Ian was not looking for a change but when all is revealed you kind of wish it had been mentioned sooner. As the storyline progressed I found many parts to be completely vulgar, unnecessary and not at all what I expected given the synopsis. New characters kept being introduced and I found it hard to follow a good majority of the time. I was put off by how hard Brad Boney tried to bring all the characters together for it to make sense at the end but kudos for not making it feel rushed unlike other parts of the books.
The narrator – The voice was all wrong for this book/story. Dan McGowan is better suited for books set in old time mystery genres and not gay literature. I was often confused by who was who due to the narrator voice not really distinguishing between the characters. Trust me when I say – this story had A LOT of characters but not a lot of voice changes. Half way through the narration I found myself writing down all the different names/characters just so that I could keep up with the narrator lines.
Book – 3
Narrator – 2
Overall – 2