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Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers He didn't Rico has moved on but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry Instead Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care Ezra confused hurt and lost clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines the 4 Stars

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Lollipop Candy Man #3

Y are but their friend Miguel is another storyMiguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled dreamy healing Ezra he’s pretty resentful at first But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for Edited and expanded Feb 11 2016Leaving below my original review that admittedly is not much of one It was just me venting my feelings And I stand by them still I ve actually noticed that only if I m pissed as hell am I marginally listened That s sad as fuckBut seeing as I didn t really review this book this is my attempt to do so I can t promise I won t feel enraged again Because the truth is that haven t stop feeling the anger simmering under the surfaceThe book starts with an Author s Note that is offensive and racistFirst Amy Lane introduces the friend that discourse weapon that every single racist in the world uses I won t expand on it but go ahead and look up and LEARN what s so so wrong about a white person leaning on a PoC to argument and excuse whatever point they want to make The name of the friend is also worth noting since she s used it in basically every single fucking book she s written with a Latino characterSecond Amy Lane compares her childhood experience to those of working kids and laments that she wasn t as self assured as the children who had to become adults so early in life I think that point is self explanatory but in case you didn t get it she uses the reality of poor families in this case PoC to make a point about herself That s exploitative to say the leastThird she uses a sentence and certain phrasing that s as racist as it can get I mentioned it previously and I repeat it here the families of immigrants were among my hardest working and often best behaved Several things are horrifyingly wrong here One it assumes and furthers the notion that only immigrants and it almost makes it sound as illegal immigrants have a Latino background when in reality and history lesson here California and Arizona and Texas and New Mexico and small parts of Colorado Wyoming Kansas and Oklahoma was Mexican territory up until 1848 In Mexico the war and the resulting treaty to give up the territory is called Tratado de Guadalupe Victoria and Venta de La Mesilla I have no fucking clue how it is called in the USA or if it is even taught or glossed over in the States So Mexicans are not necessarily immigrants THEY WERE ALREADY THERE Two the wording of best behaved sounds like it would be followed by the words like dogs Treat PoC like humans lady That s all I m saying about it because it s making me see red againFourth she then mentions that Miguel her MC in this novel comes from a hardworking immigrant family and then she goes and completely fails to portray how is it that they are immigrants in the text but you already assume it solely by her Author s Note And again like in my previous point she makes emphasis on the well behaved and hardworking attitude which is just hurtful as fuck It implies that as a PoC you are only worth of her respect and humane treatment if you follow this line of correctness Which is an invitation to treat PoC who are assholes or lazy asses or idiots or unaccomplished not worthy of treating us like humansNow onto the text And onto what one reviewer referred to as some stuff the author apparently didn t get rightThe Spanish Oh your fucking god THE SPANISHSee the thing with us Latinos is that yes most of us like and even celebrate that some of our culture along with the language is shared But it does NOT makes us the exact same In novels one of the easiest ways to note if an author did a good job of portraying a background of a Latino character is language We do not sound the same sometimes not even in the same country We don t use the same words The basics of it may be the same but it is littered with words that come from indigenous dialects like saaaaay M xico which is not in Spanish it s also filled with mangled and abbreviated words that each country incorporated into their language separately And with words that mean something in one context another thing completely when you change the setting or the audienceAnd what s so glaringly wrong about an English speaking author not getting it is that they don t even have to make much of an effort to understand this People from the States don t speak the exact same English as people from Canada New Zealand Australia England Scotland Ireland India Trinidad and Tobago Bahamas etc You also can t say that aside from the language the countries and the people are the sameSo then WHY do both authors and readers insist on persistently portray Latinos as an al encompassing thing A thing that stopped being a person and turned into a caricature a fucking stereotype the moment you couldn t be bothered to even try and discern to which of the several of Latino countries your MC belongs to And how he speaks and how he grew up with what traditions with what kind of food with what music with which legends and mythsThe answer is because you are a fucking racist PeriodEven though I m focusing on the ethnicity erasure of the Latino character in this review it is worthy of note that the Jewish character gets almost the same treatment His religion is treated with disrespect his possible ascendants and the meaning they could have completely glossed over or simply overlooked which makes it very easy for an author to say that they wrote a Jewish character without ever actually writing a true Jewish character The nuances small or big of growing up Jewish practicing or not and with a Jewish name are never depicted But she writes sooooo diverse people Let s applaud her sarcasm Jewish people are still being persecuted And their history is still being censored and modified to the convenience of white supremacy and christian gusto And their experiences are still being used to titillate nazi romances anyoneOn the same vein the papi thing Jesus Mary Joseph and the camel Leaving aside the atrocious editing from DSP that allowed the word to be repeated ten fucking thousand times the how and the when it was used basically goes to show that the author doesn t get it Like I said context context contextI d once said also in a review of one of Amy Lane s books that the use of papi by non Spanish speaking people in general is one that I personally abhor because it involves some heavy cultural gymnastics If you use it to refer to your father then you never use to refer to a boyfriendhook up Unless you are being a disrespectful asshole You also don t say it to people left and right indiscriminately especially not in your job Which brings two admittedly personal things to the front of the issue I ve never not once in my 26 years of life heard an adult man call his father papi daddy Pa yes Pap yes But I guess it could happen And if I turn the thing around and think about anyone I barely know calling me mami the only ONLY understanding of it is that it is a catcall No other way around it So if you are going to use it as an endearment which it does happen sometimes it s something that develops over time or that may be acceptable during sex But in my job SEXUAL HARRASMENT The other thing that makes it obvious that Amy Lane has no fucking clue at all of any of it is that she used papi for boys but then mami for the mother Dude EW Just EEEWWW She s also done this in previous books Which really NO Seriously NO Anyway it s complicated Even for me It all boils down to a very heavy combination of context and history So when someone that couldn t be ignorant if she tried uses it it s just a big NOStill on the same note a video here of the remarkable Daniel Jos Older explaining why Spanish shouldn t be italicized in textDuring the course of the story which admittedly had it s good parts there were two instances that showed racism at it s most privileged and that bothered me the mostI understand completely that people like fluffy Amy Lane because I like it too I get that people being compassionate and kind to one another is a thing that attracts us I get why people like it I mostly like it tooBut not at the expense of a Mexican man And I ve let it go one time too many to allow it once Amy Lane has about 7 books that have simultaneously made me go all gooey and all enragedI m not about to re read it so I don t remember exactly when this scene came about but there s one instance in the book when Ezra asks Miguel something about brown people and Miguel gives him this asinine and superficial explanation and Ezra says something like oh I ve never thought about it that way I don t see colour like that I always assumed people were brown and from down the block And I don t know which made me feel worse the absolute privilege one must enjoy to be able to make a statement like that and that goes for both the character and the author capable of writing it or the condescending and reductive and self derogatory response Miguel gives something along the lines of oh yeah no biggie as long as you don t kill us with fire we are fine with your ignorance which again says a lot about the author who wrote it And then the conversation basically ends with Miguel and us the readers especially those just as ignorant as Ezra thinking poor poor Ezra That s right EzraOn that note I did a uick search and brown is used to describe Miguel s mother Miguel s siblings Miguel s eyes Miguel s hair and Miguel s friends than 35 times Don t get me wrong I like brown being used It is a colour and at least Amy Lane skipped the use of food as descriptions of PoC but really You couldn t say it some other way Or most importantly couldn t you have showed a wide variety of people Because there s some of use uite pale Some others with green and blue eyes Some others with blond black auburn hair also some with non wavy hair But no For Amy Lane we are all and I swear to you this was an actual phrase used in the novella Mexican brownLet that sink in Mexican brown The other scene in the book that made me want to puke was this instance were Miguel and Ezra are discussing clothes and Ezra confides in Miguel that when Rico was working for his father he bought him a suit and helped him choose clothes so he could bare yourselves for the onslaught look less Mexican Ezra all timid and shit comes out looking like this grandiose hero So fucking benevolent He was helping Rico you guys sarcasm again And Miguel goes all aww shucks papi you are suck a good personI wanted to retch in Amy Lane s face after thatLeaving aside the inner workings of my stomach while reading that pile of crap I wanted and needed to make sure that I got to say my piece about it Basically that it is humongous bullshitTo understand why that is you d need about a decade of having to compromise and switch between cultures and languagesLet s just say that if a Mexican man got himself a job in a super corporate business he got there already knowing how to play it down low Just fucking trust me on this He didn t need anyone s help before and he certainly doesn t need it when he already is an employee He didn t get to where he is by not knowing these things No one knows better how to deal with a racist in daily life than the people being the punching bags of those racists on a daily basis No one Especially not a white person that doesn t even see colour I could go on and on about this almost infinitely but I m up to than 2000 words and it s 1 am so I am going to leave it there just like thisAll of that whole Ezra the saviour shot couldn t be wrong Or disrespectful Or racistAnd all of this 4 paged review without even getting started on the only black person in the book being described as a jungle cat and dark dark dark that s right in the same fucking sentence People let s just not go there If you don t know what s so wrong about describing a black person as an animal go fuck yourself sideways with a cactusIt all comes down to when certain things stereotypes are repeated relentlessly and inconsiderately by white people they tend to become the norm Toxic and appropriative narratives are treated as the maxima of representation and it propagates Amy Lane in one of her recent blog posts is all flailing and shit for the very positive wide reception of Lollipop And that s hurtful and damagingSo finally fuck you Amy LaneORIGINAL JANUARY 2016I was gonna botherI was really gonna bother with a review I underlined a lot I looked up links and everythingAnd then during the course of the past week this happened and while that conversation and the several that spun out of it were great like the one right here the truth of the matter is that most of the responses were be nice and people spreading the message were told sometimes directly sometimes not that since they weren t personally liked their ideas were to be taken not at face value but with a grain of saltAnd the reviews for this book started coming in and yeah just no I m doneGo read Julio s review And like it or don t like I don t give much of a shit todayOk lie I give a lot of shits I m just not up to itAnd both the things I liked and didn t about this book I ve said recently here and here It isn t that people like or don t like the book It s that people talk over marginalized groups being depicted I always say whether I like a book or not problematic as it may be but I never dare say this is the reality for insert group I don t belong to here It was fucking naive of me to expect the same of othersI can t not mention this sentence from the Author s Note the families of immigrants were among my hardest working and often best behavedBEST BEHAVEDIf by any chance anyone reads this review and doesn t understand what s glaringly wrong and racist with that statement I d go and check my privilege in the mirror

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Granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn't just amazingly sweet he’s achingly beautiful as well Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Migue I am so torn about this book mostly because I really like this author s books but this time it was really hard to push through the bookI m going to say that I m the whitest mayo on white bread person ever My family has no cultural identity other than our Minnesota roots and I was personally offended for blacks Mexicans and Jews while reading this book I felt sorry for Ezra and Miguel because they were caught in a very horrible racist sitcom written by a woman who probably is a very nice person but needs to really stop and think about what she s writing If there is a DSP person reading this please have a sit down with Ms Lane and talk to her about how she s portraying other races Her characters went beyond parody past the point of Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese man in Tiffany s It wasn t funny It wasn t cute It wasn t even touching in the places it should have been touching And that made me so sad I want to like every Amy Lane book I do But they re getting really bad and rushed without a lot of thought about how the characters are written or even a plot PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE what was with all the poo Why was it even there Is no one even reading these things when they go through editing It was like listening to my 12 year old son and his friends Not what I want in my romance


10 thoughts on “Lollipop Candy Man #3

  1. says:

    amy wyd a me him and her review special me ok kids let's do this shit already bcuz i have scones in the oven and a harry pot

  2. says:

    4 Stars

  3. says:

    That was like reinventing sex for me I didn't know it came like thatYeah—that was like a whole other flavor Migu

  4. says:

    Edited and expanded Feb 11 2016Leaving below my original review that admittedly is not much of one It was just me venting my feelings And I stand by them still I’ve actually noticed that only if I’m pissed as hell am I marginally listened That’s sad as fuckBut seeing as I didn’t really review this book

  5. says:

    In book 3 of Amy's Candy Man series Lollipop all of the characters that I loved from the two initial books are back and the new story fits seamlessly into the Candy Heaven universe In this latest installment 28 yo NYC native Ezra Kellerman shows up in Sacramento with hopes that he isn't too late but when you snooze you lose which Ezra immediately realizes as Rico is now happily in love with Derek his true soulmate Rico does still care what

  6. says:

    Lollipop is the third book in the Candy Man Series and starts off directly where book two ends Ezra finally freed from his f

  7. says:

    “Yeah You know Uh lollipop kisses— he’s got ’em Miguel” Darrin nodded soberly “They don’t just taste like cherry” he said completely serious “They taste like the whole rainbow” You know what this is This

  8. says:

    I am so torn about this book mostly because I really like this author's books but this time it was really hard to push through the bookI'm going to say that I'm the whitest mayo on white bread person ever My family has no

  9. says:

    Anyone that has spent much time reading my reviews knows that I can't get enough of Amy Lane Amy Lane Lite Amy Lane Super Angsty just sign me up I read Lollipop right after a very heavy emotionally draining read and it as I knew it would recharged me and left me centered againMiguel and Ezra seemed an unlikely pair at first Ezra was a fish out of water or appropriately a cat that just escaped its kennel for the first time Watching

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    edit 30416 I will not be reading Selfie even though I bought it from Riptide I understand that the author has 'pooped' again and rubbish has appeared in that book which Riptide's owners have now publicly agreed is not acceptable in any way shape or form The author has been reuested to amend her original work I can only say 'Adios Amy it's been a blast but all good things have definitely come to an end No 'Another disappointing Am