Tuesday, July 31

Book Review: Patchwork of Me by Gregory G. Allen


Sara Butler is messed up. Really messed up. To the point she talks to herself throughout the story. Attempting to put together her past, Sara works to unblock her mind and to make peace with what filters through in mere bits and pieces.

Patchwork of Me is a tale of a modern day Dorothy, of sorts, hoping a visit to Emerald City (in this case a tiny town in Maine) with her friends will get her home... well, to a home she likes.

Written by Gregory G. Allen, the author has no problem writing about flawed characters. Really flawed. In our interview, Allen stated flawed characters appeal to him because of their true-to-life likenesses and he uses them in his other works also, including Chicken Boy, Proud Pants and Well with My Soul.

Masking her self loathing with degrading, on-command-by-text-message sex, Sara also pretends in therapy she was left orphaned through an auto accident. The truth of why she was brought up in the foster care system is less clear and the root of her pain and self-destructive actions.

Facing her fears reluctantly, Sara is able to come full circle. Helping and supporting her friends, and receiving their support and help, creates a circle of strength for each of the four characters. Sara, frightened and still-a-child emotionally, unable to grow into adulthood until she deals with her lost childhood; Erick and Matty, her two friends dealing with their own identity issues accompany her on the trip to uncover her past. Closed-off Hahn refuses to discuss anything about herself and has to learn, like the other three, that sometimes friends are all the family you need.

Patchwork of Me, a winner of both the 2012 International Book Award-Women's Literature and the 2012 NY Book Festival-General Fiction, features believable characters and hits on real issues without losing the reader in a too-dramatic to be enjoyable style. Although serious problems are brought forth throughout, the book steers clear of depressing through the realistic interpersonal exchanges of the characters.

Bottom Line: Gregory Allen's Patchwork of Me is a journey into a web of friendship, believable characters and real-life situations, softened with the hope that everyone will be able to find a home and family, even if it's not the one you expected.

Click to purchase the works of Gregory G. Allen:
Patchwork of Me
Well with My Soul
Proud Pants
Chicken Boy

Gregory G. Allen is the author of Patchwork Of Me (Winner in the Fiction: Women's Lit category of the 2012 International Book Awards & 2012 NY Book Festival winner for General Fiction), Well With My Soul (finalist in the Literary Fiction category of The USA "Best Books  2011" Awards, short-listed for Indie Lit Awards) and Proud Pants: An Unconventional Memoir; and children's book, Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero with Autism (MeeGenius People's Choice Award grand prize winner).

Allen has been in the entertainment business for more than 20 as an actor, director, writer and producer, and has been featured and interviewed in The Advocate, Huffington Post, PBS' One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Sirius Radio The Morning Jolt and Next magazine.
Photos: Furnished by Gregory G. Allen

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her newest column, Infused at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published onGottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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