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Looking After Joey

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  21 reviews
From the author of Bob the Book comes a funny, fast-paced, touching tale of love, laughter, family of choice and fabulousness! Wouldn't it be great if a character from a porn movie stepped right out of your TV, into your life? Well, be careful what you wish for. Because that's how Calvin and Peachy end up looking after Joey. Then Peachy decides to make Joey the center of i ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published April 2nd 2014 by Wilde City Press, LLC
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Ulysses Dietz
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars with an asterisk...

When I troll the review request lists for Brandilyn, I realize that, for the Prism Book Alliance, I’m looking for books that I might not otherwise find. In particular, I’m looking for books by men I’ve not read before. This is to satisfy my ongoing curiosity about what gay men are writing these days; and I’m trying to explore the boundaries of m/m literature (which is to say, step outside those oft-too-narrow parameters).

David Pratt’s Looking After Joey will either
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

I had to cogitate on this one once I finished. There were so many things I liked and appreciated, but just enough things that felt extraneous that diluted the story. It’s a really interesting premise and reading between the lines makes you think about relationships of all forms, self-awareness, self-doubt and perceptions of those around us. I was expecting a light hearted misadventure and really got so much more. There were definitely funny moments, as well as some of the most memorable
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Giveaway of an e-book copy of Looking After Joey June 6th-8th at On Top Down Under.


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Kevin Klehr
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author, David Pratt, has a sense of humour I relate to completely, and forgive me but I'm about to share an early line from his book, that once read, I knew I'd enjoy the following pages. The reference is to an art exhibition which features "twenty-seven large format photographs of people's immediate, close-up reactions on being told that the musical Cats was being revived". From this moment, I was hooked.

The novel is set in New York and mainly centres around Calvin, a middle aged man still
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, humor
Very funny! I actually laughed out loud. A lot. I love when characters are so fleshed out and distinct from each other. I especially loved Stuart who's really only a minor character. The scene at the party where he's stuffing his face and making comments on the food completely oblivious to the drama playing out around him was hysterical. And his way of answering "Fuck you, (insert any noun that was just mentioned)" cracked me up every time. Small details in a book that takes great care with ever ...more
Rogerio Pinto
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Looking After Joey” by David Pratt is at once the funniest and most touching book I’ve ever read. Pratt has the gift few writers do: he develops multiple plots and follows each with the same impeccable care and sense of purpose. He is thorough! We readers can’t stop reading because we are so moved by a mix of reality, fantasy, love, sex, and a profound sense that Pratt is taking care of us, looking after us, along the way… not unlike Calvin and Peachy taking care of, looking after Joey.

Joey is
Brandon Shire
Humorous and yet poignant too. A deeper story than one would suspect.
I received this book through Goodreads first-reads

First off, I want to say that I'm not giving this book any rating because I don't think I was the intended audience for it, and I don't think it's fair to give a bad rating to a book that wasn't written for me.

So, what I did read, I was torn on liking. For me, the story went from being good, to bad, to good, to bad. I really liked the beginning, and it seemed to be going great once title character Joey was in our world, but then.... Things just f
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, gay-interest
This book has a great premise. Calvin, an ageing and single gay man (which as David Pratt would tell you is a double whammy if you want to be part of the ‘gayristocracy’), inexplicably finds himself inside the world of the porn video he is watching one evening.

One man’s heaven is another’s hell; Calvin quickly finds that perfection is rather dull and rote. He manages to return to his circumscribed existence in his rent-controlled apartment in New York City, but with Joey in toe, the man of his d
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gayristocracy: Behind the Scenes How (Not?) To Guide

This delicious book gives a peek of outsiders’ view of how to finagle one’s way into the elusive Manhattan gay elite...

Enjoy the antics of Calvin, a mild-mannered accountant, as his late night DVD rental catapults him into a surprising journey of self-inspection, fantasy, and parenthood. Along with his event-planner BFF Peachy, they shuffle from art show to home to neighborhood cafe pondering seemingly everyday things.

The surprising addition o
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

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From my review:….Looking After Joey by David Pratt was one of the nicest surprises I've had all month. From the book blurb to the story cover, I thought I was getting a fun, kind of raunchy and wild little tale. I mean, just look at that premise! A man's favorite porn star steps out of the video and into his life, perfect for comedy and tons of hot sex, right? Not exactly. Because David Pratt takes that humerous theme, g
Nathan Burgoine
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
Review to come via Out in Print.
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this would be a comedy of errors, what I got was a dissertation on existentialism. Interesting book.
KT Spille
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-ebook
I really wanted to like this book. I think if it had just been the porn star popping out of the tv and confused in the real world it would have been great. However there were all these weird side stories that kept confusing me throughout and then tried to bring them all together in the end, and I didn't care by then. Also who walks into a kidnappers lair and says if you let them go in 15 minutes we won't say anything and the kidnapper does and they don't say anything, nope sorry. But there are e ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Every one of us, at one time or another, thinks his or her life is like a soap opera. We might even fantasize what it would be like to be a character in one of our favorite stories.

For Calvin, the main character in "Looking For Joey," award-winning author David Pratt's delectable comic romance novel, the fantasy becomes a reality when his favorite porn star steps out of the television screen and becomes an actual living, breathing person, as well as a daily reminder to be careful what you wish
Gay Media Review
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
David Pratt's latest novel, Looking After Joey will have you laughing out loud as I did and grab your attention from the very beginning. This is a funny, touching and realistic look into the real gay lifestyle and it was quite refreshing to read. My stomach is still in pain from all the laughing that I endured at the hands of this author. David's writing is so brilliantly done with a beautiful true literate style of writing that I for one couldn't get enough of.

Told through the eyes of Calvin,
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Looking after Joey by David Pratt. It is at once a light-hearted novel with fantasy elements, as well as one that addresses serious social issues. I really appreciated the LOL moments, but loved the richly drawn characters and settings. I found myself rooting for all the protagonists and hoping the villains got their due, which of course they did, although not necessarily in the ways expected. In brief, Calvin (our hero) and Peachy (BFF) wind up with a por ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
An amusing parable of morals, this 'fish out of water' satire takes on stereotypes of urban gay culture, masculinity, and sexuality. Pratt manages to humanize characters who've fallen out of a DVD porn world, and force the humanity out of Calvin; our protagonist becomes a sort of co-parent to the naive porn actor Joey, who's a horny gay version of 'Mermaid/Pygmalion.'

There are perhaps one too many elder-queens with cartoonish names in the story, and Calvin and his friends' obsessive ambition abo
Surreal. Most unusual. A different, and most enjoyable read.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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“Fuck you, diet,” said Stuart. “The diet schmeer is the end of civilisation as we know it.” 2 likes
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