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The year is 1987. The boys wear pink Izod shirts, the girls wear big hair, everyone has a stash box, and AIDS is just an ugly rumor rumbling like a thunderstorm from the cities. A teenage runaway wanders the side of the road, a heartbeat away from despair, and is rescued by a long-haired angel on a Harley. But that's just the beginning of their story. Josiah Daniels wanted...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published June 29th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 28th 2012)
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Tate, Dan & Hunter
4.5 stars. ****** Review completed October 14, 2012

I want you. I want to hold you. I'm suddenly, terrifyingly, overwhelmingly possessed with the idea of what your mouth would taste like under mine, and I don't know how to say it or even to think it.


Yes, I know, it's not a Fu Manchu mustache...but you get the gist…

Sidecar is an epic because the story of Joe and Casey spans twenty-five years of their lives. It's a quiet love story and yet very thoughtful, evocative, powerful and at the same time...more
Opening Line: “The Kid was cold.”

SIDECAR was one of those books that I couldn`t stop reading yet wanted to put away and slowly savour because I just didn`t want it to end. I absolutely loved Casey and Joe and I`m fast approaching phonebook status with author Amy Lane, you know if she wrote a phone book I`d read it cover to cover, probably cry at the end then write a gushy fangirl review all about it. Everything she writes just grabs me by the guts, sometimes destroys me, always makes me sigh and...more
Wow...Wow!! Amy Lane has got the Midas touch, because this book is GOLDEN!!

“He's mine after this. You want to talk to him, you talk to me first. You want to see him, you'll have to see me. He was a class act, showing up here today. You don't deserve that sort of class.”

I'm doing the Yippee Skippee and fist pumping for my boy Joe!! What a man! He's everything that is good and right in this world! Casey was in it to win it, and he won Joe's heart! It was only a matter of time. Casey had Joe's lov...more
Kaje Harper
Once again, Amy Lane has written about two men who just walked into my heart and took up residence there. At the beginning of the story, Casey is a 16-year-old, forced out on his own and just about out of hope, strength and reasons to go on for another day. Being found by Josiah saves his life, and gives his heart a new pole-star, someone whose strength and goodness are bedrock deep. But Joe is all too aware of the age-difference between them, and is determined to raise Casey to stand on his own...more
I am aware that at this point I sound like a broken record with all my OMG Amy Lane is my hero and writes books I want to have babies with!!!...Do I care you ask? NOT EVEN A TINY LITTLE BIT...and why, because every damn book I've read of hers I've COMPLETELY LOVED...This one was not the exception.

Was it perfect? NOPE...But I still really loved it.

Casey is a runaway, he is sixteen years old, and he really is desperate. At the limit, he's not sure if he can make it one more night on the streets. H...more
4.3 stars

What can I add that nobody else have written? I don't think there's any. So, I'm just going to break down this book to the "likes" and "dislikes" again.

+ The EPIC love story (well, it spans for 25 years, so for me that's EPIC)
+ The way Amy Lane writes how Casey and Joe are so right and absolutely belong to one another, readers will never have a chance to doubt them. Not even a slightest bit (PS: the poignant time when Casey and Joe separated for awhile, reminds me of the emotion I...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
Jesus. Maybe I'm hormonal or something, but this was a breathtakingly beautiful story. Quiet, lovely, poignant, and, at times, heartbreaking. But, all of it in the very best way. This is the story of two people making a life together over many years, and the normal--and not so normal--changes that occur in a relationship. I keep coming back to that one word: beautiful. It's so simple, and yet so true. What you put out into the world, you (hopefully) get back. Lovely, real, honest, imperfectly pe...more
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
By The End Of This Book I Was In Love

Sometimes when you read a story it hits all the right notes. Sidecar did more than hit all the right notes. It sang like a world class opera star.

Casey is 16, lost and abandoned. Two months ago his parents kicked him out for being gay. He's got nothing but the clothes on his back and the shoes on his feet. He's prostituted himself for food and when we meet him he's just getting out of yet another abusive situation.

On the side of a rural road a motorcycle sto...more
T.A. Webb
Casey stood at the top of the bridge, looking straight ahead. He was tired, cold and most of all, worn out from being used. It was either walk straight on across and face the future, or jump. And as much as he was tempted, the teen kept his eyes straight and marched into an unknown future. He was determined to keep going till he dropped if necessary.

And drop he did.

Josiah Daniels - Joe - was riding his motorcycle home, not thinking about anything in particular, when he ran across the young man....more

2.5 stars

So close. So close to maybe kinda liking this book.

It had tons of potential. I liked the writing early on, it was pretty and simple. And the characters were charming. The evolution of Joe & Casey’s relationship was sweet and I enjoyed being a part of it through the years. I can see how and why so many people loved this one.

I’m just not one of those people…

By the halfway mark, I found myself wondering if we were ever going to leave “Everything-Is-Perfect-And-Life-Is-So-Awesome-Vill...more
This started out good, but kinda dragged a little in the middle but then packed a whole lot of emotion into the end.

I loved reading about how Joe met Casey and how their life together worked out. Mostly this was an easy read with just a couple of teary moments when Casey and Joe try to help another run away, but mainly this was all about Joe and Casey.

Their story was sweet and a pleasure to read but it could easily of ended at about 200 pages. Personally I think I would of been just as happy...more
This book enchanted me from the beginning a breathtakingly beautiful story encompassing twenty-five years of love and real life issues, but all of it in the very best way, an honest story about two souls that found each other by destiny, but were meant to be together!

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It's truly a story that oversteps barriers and genres; the pace was wonderful and very believable, watching the friendship and love build between Joe and Casey is phenomenal. And the added bonus for me is the age gap, and the trip...more
Golden, Perfect, Epic ...

"I’ve loved him since I’ve known him... He just finally stopped fighting."

25 years. Epic love...

I knew I was in for an amazing ride...

Joe and Casey's wonderful, thoughtful and powerful epic story spans twenty-five years of their lives.

Casey is a 16-year-old, forced out on his own and just about out of hope to go on for another day... being found by Josiah.
"Casey would remember that ride behind Joe forever."

Josiah, whose strength and goodness are so deep, not just...more
4.5 Stars--Didn't you ever read about a couple in a novel, you read about their happy ending, you get an epilogue and you're satisfied but you want to know if they really make it in the long run?

How about reading a 25 year span of the simple yet epic love of Casey and Josiah "Joe" Daniels?

We are introduced to their end and got to learn their tumultuous start between Casey, a 16 year old gay runaway and 28 year old Quaker RN and dogooder, Joe. Casey, a Virgo and ever the smart mouth (I'm team Cas...more
Amy ♥
As a child of the 80s, I *knew* I was going to love this book. The music references, the IBM 386 computer with a modem, the acid washed jeans! Plus, it’s an Amy Lane, which is almost a 100% guarantee for a good love story. Seriously, this is my third Amy Lane book this month and all three have been 5+ stars! Her writing is amazing. It just sucks you in and wraps you up in the world of her characters and makes you sad when the story is over. She has become one of those authors for me (like Collee...more
Great story about a selfless man (Joe) who takes in a needy stray (Casey) one night and it changes his life.

The author manipulates our emotions masterfully as she amps up the happy nostalgia with 80's classics every chapter, then brings us down again with sad partings and loss. It's a bit like a country song, the dog dies, babies get sick, parents pass on, etc etc. One minute I'm cheerfully singing along to Lean On Me, the next minute I'm bawling as they say a prayer over a gravestone. Because I...more
This vaccillates somewhere between 1* and 2*, I rounded up for length, but it's really more like a 1.4 or 1.5.

I feel downright obnoxious for first disliking Mary Calmes' books and writing style, and now I also turn down Amy Lane's. But a turn-down this is.

Still, I'm not into melodrama, nor into odes to faith or gods or family values. I really dislike having my emotions played with in a cheap push-button manner (dead babies, dead dogs, cast out youngsters etc.), and artificially piled on angst a...more
Joe is the salt of the earth type, solid and good and he wants to give Casey the world. All Casey wants is him. I love Joe. He worries about everything; he plans and builds, and doesn’t count Casey’s feelings as true because of their age difference. He never wants Casey to have a second of regret and that means in all things, especially with him. He wants Casey to fly. But Casey will fly right back home to Joe because he's been planning to build his life around the man since the second he discov...more
So, after shoving this book back several times, I used my September challenge to finally read it. I just finished and I'm still under the impression of the book. First, the cover is just too cute. Then, 1987 is the year my first son was born, so it's not just a number for me:) and while reading, I realized - yes, it's 25 years and where the heck did the time go? From beginning this story pulled me in, the pace was wonderful and believable. And the epilogue - that was the icing on the cake. I thi...more
Trisha Harrington
I really really loved this book. A beautiful love story that lasts 25 years, an amazing accomplishment in books. Joe and Casey were really a beautiful couple, I was not sure how to feel when I finished. The book really did show a mature relationship, how to survive and how to love. The age difference was not a big deal to me, sometimes it is but there are a few treasures that come along and like this somehow I know age is only a number. :)
Helen Shaw
OMG. My husband thought I was crying because Italy is getting beat by Spain. I started two or three chapters before the epilogue and didn't stop till I was way past it. This is as perfect as anything I've read. A powerful story of choosing the road less traveled. And how frighteningly easy it could have been to miss that road. And I can't stop crying still.
When I am feeling jaded with whats going on around me I will just pick up this book to renew my faith in human nature. I like to think that Amy based this on people she knew and that 'Joe and Casey' are out there , still soul mates, still so very much in love and still saving their " strays ".

I laughed and cried and adored every single word in this novel.

" with Casey would tend to be that way for Joe - moments of gorgeous, shining faith and moments of agonizing, painful doubt. Joe was yo...more
Moving, poignant, compelling, and powerful, this story shows that true love is possible.
6 Beautiful, loving Stars

What a beautiful, beautiful love story. That is truly what this is. I was blown away. This was a story of love, strength, growing up, honesty, caring, wisdom, acceptance and god so much more. Oh I loved it so much. I could not put the story of Joe and Casey down. What a ride I have been on. It doesn't matter if you like men, women or both...this is just about two people who fall in love. Their story is bittersweet and lovely and beautiful.

Joe...well where do I start?! H...more

This story brought me in and swept me off my feet! There was so much emotional depth and love throughout the story that it actually really grounded every hard topic that Amy Lane brought to the story. I'm a sucker for love stories that span a long length of time and I was not disappointed with the epic approach of this story. Sidecar truly brought me back to the type of story and writing that I loved so much with Keeping Promise Rock. So good!
I absolutely loved this book. I am a big 80s and 90s pop culture fan, so all the references to bands, songs, clothes and movies brought back some great and funny memories for me. And I remember the whole AIDS epidemic even though I was young then. I remember the first time I heard about the disease, and how it became this huge thing, and how scared I was that I could get it and die. I totally understand why Casey and Dev freaked out, and I never actually saw anyone dying from the disease like th...more
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
~Joe & Casey

Amy Lane doesn't just write of characters, she weaves (knits?) their lives into a tapestry of fine, many-colored threads. Time After Time, she creates characters that you love, that you cheer for, that you are. I picture Amy Lane behind the wheel of fate, lightly plucking the stings of mortals' lives- except who needs three fates, when Amy is there to create the tale? It's a kind of Magic. Truly. I stayed up All Night Long to finish this story.

Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)

I avoided this one for a while and I totally shouldn't have. Amy Lane rocks everything she does so I never should have doubted this book. This book takes you on one amazing ride. I fell in love with poor Casey right away, my heart just broke for him. I had such high hopes when he jumped outta that truck! Joe is an all around great guy with a huge heart. To go on this journey with these guys was an amazing experience. There was so much story to be told and I don't think we were cheated...more
Warning, when reading this story make sure you have some tissues handy.
I really enjoyed that it does not follow the normal romance routine of meet, fuck, fight, then fall in love.
No, this love found after real life issues, and mistakes.
A very sweet story.
I loved it! Joe had a heart of gold and Casey was perfect for him.

There isn't much more that I can say that hasn't already been written in previous reviews. I love Amy Lane's writing style and this was just a great book!
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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail u...more
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“I’ve loved him since I’ve known him, Mrs. Daniels. He just finally stopped fighting.” 9 likes
“That’s the definition of bisexual, Casey—pretty girls and pretty boys, it’s like an all-you-can-fuck buffet!” 1 likes
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