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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,382 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins

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 st
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Published April 27th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published June 28th 2012)
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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 sam
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Buggy by: D
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
Kaje Harper
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, m-m
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
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karla by: Elizabeth and Vicki
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
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, age-gap
**** 4.5 stars ****

A truly beautiful and moving story.
Here's to the few Josiah's we have out there.
4.25 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
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
T.A. Webb
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, age-gap, wow, favorites, angst
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 t
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-contemporary
4.5 stars - this was really lovely. Joe, oh beautiful Joe, the wonderful man who loved his sister, who cared for vulnerable souls and who fell in love with Casey even though he tried not to. Casey the adorable persistent young man who was saved by Joe at 15 ... almost considering the end of his life and yet that juncture really marked the beginning of what would eventually be a wonderful life. Joe & Casey were the most compassionate, empathetic fabulous people. I loved them for their heart & sou ...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
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
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
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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-Ville”.
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,
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

I read this book last summer and never wrote a review. Why? Well, there's no way anything I write would do it justice. So all I will say is- read it- you won't regret it. It is a beautiful book. 5+ Stars.
BR with Nikki!

Sidecar took me back to my own teenage years through my mid twenties. The hair and the clothes and the music just transported me back to high school and the beginnings of my adult life. Each time a time-frame was mentioned, I would be taken back to a memory of my own. The thing I love most about reading is being able to travel back in time or anywhere the author can imagine. It's a beautiful thing. So, even though I'm not terribly nostalgic for the 1980's, I did enjoy this trip qui
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! WONDERFUL!

This book was like a great long journey. I loved every single paragraph I read. The writing is so flawless and captivating.

Casey and Joe are two wonderful men. Their story started out in difficult circumstances, but despite everything, somethings are meant to be. Some things are just written in the stars.

This is a unique story that will entertain you while reading it and the ending is so sweet and cute. I mean if a book starts with:

"For some of us (raises hand), 1987 was a
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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. :)
4.5 stars I really enjoyed this, and I do think that the audio version contributed to that greatly. Wonderful pacing, and good inflection for emotion without it sounding campy or over-acted. Both men had distinct voiced without sounding like caricatures.

I really liked the format of this story. The first chapter and the epilogue take place in 2011 (current day as far as we are concerned) but otherwise it takes place over the course of about a decade, starting when they meet in 1987 and spanning i
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Eli Easton
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent m/m romance novel from Amy Lane. Ward-to-lover story with a heart of gold. Joe rescues strays and tries to show them that there are people willing to help just because, people who don't expect anything in return. Casey is one of his strays, and Casey sticks. Casey loves Joe but it takes him a lot of years and a lot of growing up to convince Joe to see him as something other than a boy. I loved this slow building romance and the two lead characters. Very nice. ...more
Helen Shaw
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6-stars
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. ...more
*Re-read 8/10/14 for Re-romancing the Faves Challenge- *sigh* I miss the 80s. Even though I was a little kid in the 80s, I absolutely loved the music, and I'm still obsessed with 80s pop culture.

The AIDS scare... YIKES! I just recently saw The Normal Heart, and it was so heart-breaking. I'm glad Joe was smart enough to use condoms, and that he taught Casey to use them too.

This book had plenty of angst, which I love, but it also had a few funny moments, like Joe walking in on Casey and Dev, Cas
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
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 stars

I could just cry out of pure joy right now because these characters got the happy ending they deserve and that’s all I wanted. I loved this book so freaking much! These characters and their story are going to stick with me for quite a while that’s for sure. From the very beginning Joe and Casey took up a big chunk of space in my heart, and that says something about the amazing way Amy Lane portrays her characters. This is the kind of love story that feels so honest and real and is full
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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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