Twinkies & Beefcake

Fiction - LGBTQ
354 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2024
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Twinkies & Beefcake by T. H. Forest is a coming-of-age narrative that will enthrall fans of LGBTQ, a story with themes of addiction, bullying, and the relentless quest for love. The author introduces Robby, a teenage boy from London, and his best friend, Dee, in the opening chapters. They are excited about sex and share their secrets while continually facing bullies at school. Robby's coming out is described in the first chapters and his attraction to the mysterious man he names Boris is palpable, a premise that introduces the emotional conflict that is brilliantly explored in this tale. Robby is flustered when Boris asks for his number. It is not long before he develops a relationship with Vas, a stunningly handsome man who steals his heart. Now his life spirals down a path of sexual adventures, drugs, booze, and pornography.

T. H. Forest's novel is a gripping story with intriguing characters. The protagonist is deeply flawed and relatable. Readers meet him as a young man struggling with bullying yet excited about the pleasures of the flesh. He is hungry for attention. However, as the story moves forward, layers of his personality begin to peel away, revealing his fragility and a quest for love that takes center stage in this thrilling narrative. His yearning for healing, redemption, and love will resonate deeply with readers. The writing has strong suspense and readers want to know what will happen to Robby at the end. The author has a knack for writing relationships that feel natural, building dialogues that sparkle, and exploring human connections with intelligence. The short chapters and the timely paragraph breaks make the story a page-turner. The prose is fluid and the drama fills every page. Fans of gay literature will enjoy Twinkies & Beefcake and Robby's inner world, which is so vividly drawn.