Breakfast With Scot

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 arrangeSam 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 enrollment Scot arrives just in time to start fifth grade with a pair of lacy white socks in his duffel bag.With wry dialogue, frothy characters, and an offbeat plot, Michael Downing s mastery reaches new heights of brilliance in Breakfast with Scot.
Breakfast With Scot 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 suddenl

  • Title: Breakfast With Scot
  • Author: Michael Downing
  • ISBN: 9781582430270
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Breakfast With Scot”

    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 the [...]

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 girl [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 i [...]

    12. 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. [...]

    13. 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 unusu [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 want [...]

    19. 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.

    20. 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.

    21. 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.)

    22. 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.

    23. 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.

    24. 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.

    25. 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!

    26. 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.

    27. 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.

    28. 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.

    29. 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.

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