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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Bottomless Cups by Joel Bresler is a poignant story of friendship. The main story is seen through the eyes of Teddy and Ray. The boys meet when they are 10 years old and the friendship endures for over 50 years, through good times and bad. The boys make friends along the way and share many happy teenage years together, riding around town in an old Studebaker. We share with them the love and loss of girlfriends and wives. We also share many hours when they meet and drink endless cups of coffee. The story seamlessly goes back and forth from the past to the present, reliving their youth and reaching old age.
When one of the old crowd, who has gone to Hollywood to make movies, invites everyone from the old days to a reunion, they quickly learn he is interested in making a movie of their lives. The group arrives in Hollywood and spends days on the set, watching younger people portray them until it is their time to do the acting. When the movie is completed, Ray and Teddy, along with all of their family and friends, look back on their life and it makes them stop and really think of what their lives have meant.
I found Bottomless Cups by Joel Bresler to be funny, but I also felt many other emotions. Bottomless Cups caused me to look back on my life and memories just a little deeper and I found that while I did not have those wonderful lasting friendships, I enjoyed reliving my own youth. Bottomless Cups is a story of nostalgia, memories, youth, old age, and life – it is a good story and should be put high on your reading list. The young can get a glimpse into their future and the old can enjoy a walk down Memory Lane.