A Great Book by Colton Haynes: Miss Memory Lane, Ryan Field Books

 A Great Book by Colton Haynes

I finally finished reading Miss Memory Lane by Colton Haynes and I loved it. It’s a memoir with a collection of memories that covers almost all of Colton’s life, from childhood to the present. And he really gets into more than a few highly emotional scenes from his childhood.  He doesn’t hold back.  

Aside from the fact that Colton talks about his family, his friends, and a few of the people who have influenced him in his life, I couldn’t help but read this book from a gay POV. His emotional struggle about coming out as gay, and the serious events that led up to this had me stunned half the time. I know, from my own experience, that coming out for any gay man is never easy, but it’s particularly difficult if you’re living in the spotlight like Colton. He actually had to come twice in a lifetime, which most of us don’t have to do. He came out to his family and friends at one point, and then years later he came out to the public. That’s not easy. 

I think there are certain aspects with regard to being gay that almost every gay man can relate to in this book. First, there are the eating issues I think many gay men face. I know I’ve always had to deal with them. I haven’t had a carb in 10 years.  I also found it uncanny the way I could relate to so much, with so much connection. Colton talks about places like Loma Linda, which is something close to me. He talks about Hemet, CA, which is the way I get to Idyllwild. He even mentions Palm Springs and the wind turbines. I live in Palm Springs and my back view is the desert, the chocolate mountains, Desert Hot Springs, and the wind turbines. 

But I digress. This book is truly a 5-star deal because it’s so authentic and bold. Colton even talks about sex at certain points in the book and I could relate to most of it. Not all, but most. At one point in his life, he worked on those sex phone lines. We actually owned one of those sex phone lines in the 90s. When you’re a gay man no one sits you down and explains anything to you about sex. You learn everything there to know about sex and even relationships all alone. And trust me, just like Colton mentions in the book, you make plenty of mistakes. 

At certain points in the book, you can feel the fear and the shame that Colton experienced. You’ll find yourself feeling sorry for him at certain points and then cheering him on at other points. He’s still very young and it’s amazing what he’s accomplished in such a short time. I just hope that Hollywood gives him a break and hires him for more openly gay roles instead of the straight actors they usually hire. 

To sum all this up. I would recommend this book to anyone, gay or straight. In fact, this book should be required reading for all straight people so they understand what it’s like and that everything they saw on Will and his Grace was fiction. It’s also extremely well written in the sense that it’s tight and professional. There are no flowery ridiculous words that you find in most romance novels, and there was nothing that annoyed me. As an author, I look for certain things and I didn’t see any of the usual amateur mistakes that I usually find in books like this. Here’s the link to Amazon. I read the e-book on my phone but I think there’s a sale going on right now with the print book.

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“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no-nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

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