...it really is a[bout] discovering and recovering self. I loved that it was a hopeful book.And it's exactly that. It's a book brimming with hope.
And that got me to thinking...about books I have read previously and how much more than just a romance they are. Brooke McKinley's Shades of Gray (I must stop trying to replace the 'a' in Gray with an 'e'), JB MacDonald's By Degrees, Amy Lane's Keeping Promise Rock, Talker, Talker's Redemption (Amy Lane has written a lot of 'more' books IMHO) are just a few example. But...these books all fall into the m/m subgenre. And...maybe it's me, but I can't seem to find as many m/f books that I would classify as being 'more' (although I would include Lisa Kleypas' Blue-Eyed Devil). Some skirt the boundaries, but...are still more romance than anything else. And....they often have what I like to call the 'magical penis fix'. Yes, one person can have an impact, play an integral role, but...more than just that is needed. In Finding Zach, while David was integral to Zach's recovery he wasn't the only factor. There were Zach's parents, his friends, both old and new, and countless hours of therapy. And there were no quick fixes. Even at the end of the book Zach's journey was continuing, his recovery was still in progress. But that's how it should be and I applaud the author for not taking the easy/quick route.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I prefer those books in which the struggle for self determination is noticeable. And where change and growth can occur not just because of the impact of one person. Because that gives me something to believe in, gives me that hope that Mariana mentioned...that I'm not simply waiting for that elusive someone to appear, to wave their magic wand and fix everything. Because, in reality, that just doesn't happen. In reality, it is the individual that takes all those steps...with help along the way :)
So, what are you thoughts on the magical penis fix...and do you like books that are 'more' than a romance? If so, what are your favourites (whether m/m or m/f)?