Book #Review and Spotlight – How It Was Supposed to Be by Jayson James

Title:How It Was Supposed to Be

Author:Jayson James

Genre:Gay romance, Young Adult, Contemporary




Reese Kennecott had everything he could ever want and life was good. He’s dating the guy of his dreams and has a great group of friends. The Kennecotts were living the carefree life as an upper middle class family until the day his father arrives home from work with the news that the company he has worked for since he was Reese’s age has gone out of business. Aside from the great depression, this is the worst economic downturn the United States has ever faced. It does not take long for the Kennecotts to fall behind in their bills and eventually to lose everything.

Reese used to work part time for extra money now he is working all the hours he can get in order to help his family get by. But things have gone from bad to worse. Hope finally comes with a new job that will take the family across the country, which means giving up their lives as they’ve always known them. The family embarks on a road trip to their new life. Along the way, they are forced to make difficult choices and hope begins to fade. Each day things become bleaker and the Kennecotts begin to wonder if they are ever going to make it to their destination. But sometimes things that have no reason to work out do and we end up right where we should be, at the right time and in the right place.

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How It Was Supposed to Be Jayson James


This was one sweet, angsty, touching ride that left me feeling hopeful. Reese’s story is one of growth as this young man faces more troubles than any teenager should. A boyfriend that comes along just when his life gets complicated, the responsibility of financially supporting his family as much as he can, maintaining friendships when he is too tired, and dealing with a snarky, absolutely horrendous boss at his less than stellar job – these are some of the issues our hero has to deal with.

To make it all worse, the only glimpse of hope he and his family get involves moving across the country and leaving behind everyone he loves. The long drive toward their new lives is worse than they could have imagined, making them all cranky and disillusioned. Add a sick pet and a rapidly disappearing budget and you get the distressed situation this family is in.

As the synopsis hints, things do sometimes turn out to be great in the end, even if not it the way we imagined it. This is the perfect story if you need a realistic slice of life, young adult story, with enough hope inspired by how the conflicts are resolved.

About the author

Author of novels and short stories. Jayson James graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in education. He was born and raised in Washington State, where he currently lives and teaches. Jayson’s interests beyond writing include reading a variety of books, watching movies and drawing.

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