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Breakfast with Scot

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  322 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Sam and Ed are living the good life: happy, healthy, devoted to each other and their careers, they have no yearning for the joyful mysteries of parenthood. But when eleven-year-old Scot's mother suddenly dies, the couple is determined to make good on a wine-soaked promise made years before. They hang a tire swing in the back yard and call the neighborhood school to arrange ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 15th 2001 by Counterpoint (first published 1999)
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Megan Baxter
Mar 11, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it it was ok
If this book were a painting, there would be large greyed-out spaces on the canvas, filled with the absence of something. And I don't mean this in an admiring sense of artistic integrity. I mean it as a comment on someone who just can't be arsed to finish the damn work. Because of this, and what really did feel like quite a lot of transphobia, this isn't a book I would rush to recommend to anyone. And these two things compounded each other, making it neither a perceptive look into parenting a di ...more
A perfectly fine, but not very memorable or inspiring book. A gay couple unexpectedly finds themselves raising a young boy struggling with his gender identity. There are a couple of interesting moments throughout, and the prose is enjoyable enough. But I don't think it's anything all that special, and has a very strong sentimental streak that's only occasionally earned.
Walter Hopgood
Jun 26, 2012 Walter Hopgood rated it really liked it
For one of the first times ever, I have to say that the movie is better than the book. Let me explain.

I picked up Breakfast With Scot after reading a review of the book on a GLBT bookstore's website. I'm a huge fan of the movie, so I figure I'd love the book as well. And I did, just not as much as the movie... First of all, the book is written in first person. I, personally, am not that much of a fan of first-person written works. When it comes to fanfiction, I'll skip it altogether. But I gave
Dec 16, 2008 Mandapants rated it really liked it
Worth probably 4 tissues in the 3 hours it'll take to read the book. Sweet in a kind of standard way, like a movie I know my mom would buy at the grocery store, but darned if it didn't make me all gushy enough to still give it 4 stars.
Jan 23, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
This novel pleased and surprised me in many unexpected ways. A novel that deals with a gay couple who "inherits" a flamboyant child can easily drift into caricature, or cloying cuteness, and "Breakfast with Scot" does neither. That is to Mr. Downing's credit.
There is some beautiful prose in this novel, and some wonderful moments where Mr. Downing, through his narrator Ed, makes some profound sentiments about life and love. The novel creeps up on you, and you find things don't turn out as expecte
Mark Probst
Mar 10, 2009 Mark Probst rated it really liked it
My impression based on the first few chapters was not good. I thought the author’s first-person narrative was all over the place and I just was not in tune with his writing style. But then I adjusted to the style and I have to admit that there was quite a bit of charm and a whole lot of really funny, dry wit.

The story revolves around a gay couple who never planned or wanted to have a child, but through some unusual circumstances became guardians to 11-year-old Scot, who was the son of the girlfr
Jul 26, 2011 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the movie or those wanting to learn about a different sort of family
It's always interesting to me seeing how a novel is transformed into a movie, what is deleted, changed, moved around, or used verbatim. This book is in many ways different than the movie, but there is a great deal that is similar if a bit altered. Taking the book just by itself, I enjoyed reading how a gay male couples' lives are thrown upside down by the arrival of an eleven year old boy. Their neat and tidy life is suddenly messy, full of responsibility, and awkward. he boy's proclivities for ...more
Apr 15, 2009 Scott rated it really liked it
I volunteer part-time at a GLBT Library and customer had returned Michael Downing’s novel Breakfast with Scott. When I asked the customer what he thought of the book, he said it needed to be edited, which caught my attention. After reading Breakfast with Scot, which tells the story of two gay men becoming the guardian of young gay boy, I found myself in agreement that story could have been edited. What I liked about the story is that it is told through perspective one of gay men who struggles to ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Breakfast with Scot is not your grandfather's poor little orphan story. The title character, 11-year-old Scot, would not be caught dead asking for a bit more stale porridge, but he might show up at someone's door dressed to the nines in thrift store apparel found mostly in the women-over-55 section and armed with silk flowers and a hot glue gun.

Scot, you see, is a sissy of the highest order—a boy who at one point, trying on a new coat in a department store, exclaims, enraptured, "Oh, Ed. Isn't i
Nathan Burgoine
Mar 19, 2012 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt
A gay couple who are fairly up there on the "normal" scale suddenly inherit a nephew who is, to put it mildly, a little on the other end of the scale. With long difficult discussions on what a "sissy" is, and why makeup might not be a good idea at school, and bouts with crabs and decoupage, and frozen cats, and all the rest, this tale quickly grabs your heart even as you wince along with the primary voice in the tale, who is trying really hard not to find young Scot embarrassing (and often faili ...more
May 11, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual story, written in a strange and quirky style – and I really liked it! Ed and Sam are a gay couple who are thrust into a sort of parenthood. Sam’s brother Billy has a girlfriend, Julie, who has a son, Scot. Scot is not Billy’s son, and Billy is not much of a father. Julie once tells Ed and Sam that if anything ever happens to her, she wants them to raise Scot. They agree, not thinking it will ever come to pass, but so it does when Julie dies of a drug overdose. And Scot is not ...more
Jun 24, 2009 Duane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had read reviews about this book so I was really looking forward to reading it. I guess you have to really be into the "trendy" lifestyle to really appreciate the storyling. I liked the plot, it was just the characters I didn't care for. Actually, the weirdest person in the book, Scot, who we are told is a freakish 11 year old, to me, seemed the most real person in the book. The rest of the cast were so self-absorbed and petty that I really wouldn't want to meet these people if they were real. ...more
Vincent Desjardins
Jan 23, 2010 Vincent Desjardins rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
When a gay couple find that they have been made the guardians of an eleven year old boy, they find their lives “speeding down a dark road in a borrowed car with no brakes.” Ed and Sam don’t realize they have expectations of how boys should behave until they meet Scot who is no ordinary eleven year old. With a penchant for wearing makeup and outlandish costumes, Scot is what society would call a sissy. How Ed and Sam overcome their own prejudices and make room in their hearts for this unusual boy ...more
Jul 29, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
This had a writing style that took a while to get used to, as it reads more like a stream of conciousness than anything else. It has a really interesting plot where Sam and Ed, two men who have happily had a relationship without children, suddenly find themselves with the son of Sam's brother's recently deceased ex. The only thing is, the boy is more flamboyant than they are and they don't know how to handle him. It lays out the trials and tribulations of suddenly finding yourself with an 11 yea ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Jimmie rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer
So I happened to see this movie that combined some of my favorite things: hockey, queers, and "domestic" comedies. The movie, "Breakfast with Scot," was about a gay couple, one of whom is a retired hockey player, who, by a totally contrived plot twist, have to take in a fey little boy who challenges everyone's assumptions about gender roles and such. The film was *okay*, but not quite good. Then I found out it was based on a book, so of course I went out and read it.

Ugh. The book was even worse
Nikki Boisture
Jul 07, 2010 Nikki Boisture rated it really liked it
I was surprised to like this book as much as I did. The prose was fantastic, though I found the characters somewhat difficult to get in to.

The thing I loved best was that it was a truly honest take on parenting. Parenting is scary enough, and I can't imagine being thrown into it unexpectedly to an eleven year old with some issues from his mother's drug use and suicide. Sam and Ed make some mistakes, and they're painfully aware of their mistakes. Constantly trying to improve your game, but never
Matt Evans
Jul 13, 2008 Matt Evans rated it liked it
They made a movie out of this, but I haven't seen it yet. I read this book before I took a week-long writing course from its author, M. Downing. I didn't think much of the book, but I absolutely fell in love with the man. He is warm, generous, dedicated to writing and smart as hell. I heard him read a passage from the novel later in the week, and his rendition of it changed my mind about the novel. Here's the key to the book: imagine the narrator as a very good, very moral, and very kind gentlem ...more
Librarian Kate
Apr 05, 2012 Librarian Kate rated it liked it
Started out pretty well, gotta love two gay men trying to raise a nephew who happens to be the queeniest kid in the universe, and teach him good values while avoiding the inevitable comments about how they are "making him gay". But I just didn't connect well with the supporting characters and plotline, and the ending was a big "huh?"... just kind of wound down and died out. Gimme romance any day - the happy ending is REQUIRED. No pussying out with fade to black in the middle of something; if I w ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2006
Hmmm... a quirky sort of book (lol, probably why I was attracted to it) - it was a fast read. An odd story about 2 gay guys who become the legal guardian of an 11 yr old boy who is, let's just say, a little strange. I thought the author tried too hard to make aspects of the story relevant to the world at large - it was done too consciously. I was a little annoyed by his repeating of the phrase "Name that disease". I would probably give this author another chance to win me over though.
Jan 15, 2012 Torrie rated it did not like it
I so wanted to like this book because I liked the premise. But the writing was so bad-it seemed like half of the book was missing. Like the part with any kind of character development or description of action. He talks about random characters without telling you who they are and seems to have discovered the means to teleportation or else is having people build bonfires in the living room or fly effortlessly from room to room. Disappointing read.
May 05, 2010 Carycleo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbtq
What happens when a well-adjusted gay couple take a ten year old boy into their lives, and the boy loves makeup and dressing up in girly fashion? This book answers that question with humor and grace and a wealth of subtle, telling details, touching on delicate territory about masculinity and self-expression and love, without devolving into stereotypes.
(If you saw the movie, you haven't yet experienced all that Breakfast with Scot has to offer.)
Jul 11, 2008 Sandy rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, queer
A gay couple ends up the guardians of an 11-year-old budding queen. Things get interesting. Sometimes it's charming, sometimes it's edgy, sometimes it's just quirky. On the whole it was an enjoyable (and quick) read but I was left wanting a little more character development, particularly from the supporting cast (not Ed, Sam or Scot). A slightly edgy beach read.
Jul 05, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Entertaining and mostly enjoyable story of long-term partners, Ed and Sam, who become the reluctant guardians of Scot, an effeminate teen, after his drug-addicted mother (Sam's brother's girlfriend) dies from an overdose. The banter between Ed and his friend, Nula, is reason alone for checking out this title.
Oct 27, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
I came across the film by accident at the library, thoroughly enjoyed it, and decided to read the book as well. I found it charming, brief, though complete, and perfectly written. The plots of the film and book are generally similar, but are in the end two different stories. I'll be keeping my eye out for Michael Downing from now on.
Lisa Bennett
Aug 02, 2011 Lisa Bennett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What an awful read! So difficult, and the way it was written is terrible. Too many times it reads 'Then He said', 'Then I said', 'The He said', etc. Did my head in. Yoo many characters, the bok is really confusing, really hard to follow, I wanted to put it down after the first few pages, but it's a book group book, so felt obliged to continue. Wish I hadn't!
Nov 24, 2008 Mykl rated it really liked it
A story with solid character development and passages that literally made me laugh out loud. There were times I had to read passages two or three times to make sense of them. A quirky writing style that I am not sure is typical for the author or only to this pariticular book.
Jan 12, 2009 Roxanne rated it liked it
Bought this cause i adore the movie.(seriously watch the movie lol!) The movie does change like alot of stuff from the book, and i didnt think the book was that good because of the movie lol. However its a good lil read lol.
Andrew Farr
Sep 29, 2009 Andrew Farr rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story about how families are formed when they are least expected. This book is written with an intense sense of humor. You will fall in love with all of the characters. It is a book about a same sex couple, but a book everone could relate to.
Nov 08, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
Sweet and poignant, with some wonderfully wry observations about what makes a family a family. The side characters sort of slid together for me though, maybe because of the way Ed's perspective was written.
Apr 06, 2016 Matty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbqt, 2016
I liked the last two chapters, but everything before that was kind of painful. I don't think Ed was the best choice as narrator for this tale. I think at times it was trying to be funny, but kind of fell flat. At least there was a happy ending.
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