The Pool Boy’s Beatitude by DJ Swykert
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Jack is a particle physicist; Jack is a pool boy; Jack is a lizard; Jack is a serial lover; Jack is an alcoholic drug addict; Jack don’t know crap about himself or real love … until Sarah.
Jack leads an unconventional life in Detroit, Michigan. He has a Master’s degree in Particle Physics and yet cleans pools. He has an ex-wife and a girlfriend that he discovers the depth of true love with while also being a ‘kept man’ by another woman. He has issues with alcohol and prescription drugs. Is any of this his doing? No and here is why …
I do not feel as if there was any conscious choice on my part to be who I am. There is no reason I am an alcoholic drug addict, I just am. I just became. It happened and I had nothing to say about it.
His struggle to live life the way he wishes is severely challenged when his wife throws him out of the house and refuses to reconsider their marriage. Jack begins to deteriorate until he finds Sarah. Sarah gives him hope of a better life, a reason to find himself and be the best. First, however he has to find his way out of a couple of sticky situations – jail, being a ‘kept man,’ and an alcoholic drug addict.
I enjoyed how DJ Swykert brought real life events into his story – Mayor Kwame, his wife, Manoogian Mansion and the politics surrounding Mayor Kwame’s life. The thinking pattern and actions of addicts is very realistically detailed as well.
Excellently written, I found myself beginning this book at 9 AM and finishing it by 5 PM because it captured my attention and held it. I wanted to see how far Jack would go, what would bring him down and whether he would dig himself out or sink down into the deepest darkest depths. Jack’s constant questioning reflects what most people ask themselves but when someone else answers his question:
“I don’t think you were ever meant to be anything but what you are, Jack.”
This offers insight into Jack and his life from a different perspective. A constant perspective in that nothing is his fault until his freedom is threatened and possibly losing his true love. Jack is forced to grow up and begin to make life changing, conscious decisions.
This is a great book, one that I would highly recommend. Swykert grabs you and keep you entrenched in the story until you finish it! The plot is well developed as are the characters.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a 5 star review.
This book may be purchased through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Pool-Boys-Beatitude-DJ-Swykert/dp/0615824560/