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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Rico Austin's book My Bad Tequila is declared to be "a work of reality (80%) and fiction (20%)." As a student at Boise State University in Idaho, Rhet Austin decides to go on spring break with a busload of students to the Club Med in San Carlos, a place known for easy drinking and casual sex.
Rhet (Rico) appears impulsive and self-gratifying as he, accompanied by another student, elects to leave the group so that he does not have to wait for the inconvenient transportation offered to the others in the group. That ends up being a decision he will regret in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, Rhet arrives at Club Med and busies himself trying to force his companion, Barbie, into his own pre-written script of how the holiday should proceed. This also ends in disaster. Despite the fact that his closest friend and the father of one of the girls is seriously injured, Rhet continues on his self-indulgent journey from one immature activity to another. He frequently flashes back to childhood experiences which help the reader to understand the nature of his current psychological makeup, but the flashbacks are oftentimes distracting. The reader does learn that Rhet has suffered some losses and that he generally acts out in times of stress rather than develop more mature coping methods.
In part two of the book, we learn what really happened to Rhet as a result of the spring break activities, and we also have a pretty good idea that he has failed to mature as we had hoped. Mr. Austin has developed the main character of Rhet very well. The reader will surely see Rhet as a fun-loving, impulsive and immature character who is out to have a good time. This is a page-turner to those interested in living their own fantasies through an adolescent mind and indulging in their every whim with little regard for the consequences. It is a fun read, but one does hope that the real character is much more than 20% fiction.