Vicky Romeo, dreaming of life as an actor, meets Julie Turner and canâ€™t get her out of her head.
Vicky is set on performing in an all-female production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and falling in love wasn’t a complication she expected. And anyway, Julie doesnâ€™t fall at Vickyâ€™s feet in the way that most people doâ€¦
From the outset, Vicky has a distinct, totally absorbing and accessible voice, and she paints a vivid picture of the Glasgow gay scene in the early 2000s. She is 21, working class and a force to be reckoned with.
On the surface itâ€™s a brash, irreverent read, with a lot of witty banter and a light-hearted sheen. Underneath, it gets to the heart of the gay community: friendships, rivalries, the strengths and the challenges faced by Vicky and her network of friends.
Whether youâ€™re nostalgic about the Glasgow scene of the time, or whether youâ€™re brand new to it. this is a rom-com that is funny, touching, thought-provoking and sensitive.
And no, you donâ€™t have to be gay or straight, or bi, or any other label to read it (or from Glasgow!) â€“ just a reader who appreciates good writing, strong and entertaining characters and a decent storyline that zips along.
This is the first in a planned trilogy from novelist Percy, who already has a writing track-record in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
Knight Errant Press Â£8.99
For more information about Ely Percy, see their website: www.elypercy.com