Sometimes YA Gotta Laugh

Sometimes YA Gotta Laugh

by Timothe Davis


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When a friendship is threatened, how far will you go to protect it?

Jordan Spencer is thirty-six and hasn't had a relationship that's lasted more than six months. He's cool with that, though. He's got space issues. And what difference does it make anyway? He has his two best friends Gabby and Chris for happy hours, clubs, and weekend hangouts. But Gabby is falling for a guy that Jordan doesn't like and Chris-the-sex-machine is having a phallic crisis.

Jordan thought that their friendship would last forever. But with each day, they drift further apart. Without Gabby and Chris at his side, Jordan finds himself facing his own emotional loneliness. Should he fight for the friends who have become his family? Or has the season of their friendship passed?

Jordan Spencer will learn that in a world full of swingers, lies, and drag queens that even the best of friends occasionally lie to each other. Sometimes they cry for each other. But in the end, sometimes you just gotta laugh ...

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ISBN-13: 9780615602158
Publisher: timothedavis
Publication date: 05/16/2012
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In his debut novel, Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh, author Timothe Davis weaves a humorous and entertaining tale about the longtime friendship relationships between three friends: Jordan, Gabby and Chris. As the reader follows along with the life experiences and trials and tribulations of the three friends, it is a realistic portrayal of the changing dynamic within friendships that happens over times, everyone can relate to it and snicker as they remember their own friendships. The author makes it so easy to connect with the three friends, the snapshot of a year in their lives reflects their experiences, struggles, and dilemmas, there is a great mixture of humor and emotion throughout the story that makes it so much fun to follow along. I loved that each chapter started with song lyrics that relates to the narrative within that chapter, it set the tone for the characters' experiences that was very apropos and thoughtful. The author tackles some very sensitive social issues within the story: intimacy, domestic abuse, addiction, sexual orientation, and various relationship dynamics; all situations that are realistic and easy for the reader to relate to. Who hasn't ever wondered about their friendships and the lengths that they would go to maintain the ties that bind them together? As we all journey through our life experiences, we experience the full gamut of emotions, and the author's take on the best way to get through life is sometimes ya gotta laugh is right on the mark! Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh is a thought provoking and humorous take on friendships that could be a soundtrack from everyone's life!
Book_DivaKS More than 1 year ago
Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh is an intriguing snapshot of a year in the lives of three close friends, Jordan, Chris and Gabby, three thirty-something singles living in Dallas. The narrative is told mostly through the perspective of Jordan Spencer, easy-going for the most part, but with his own personal demons. This story is about relationships -- good ones, bad ones, dangerous ones. Through the events of the daily lives of his characters, Timothe Davis explores their connections with families, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. There is strong sexual content throughout, but it is integral to the story, and not gratuitous. Each chapter begins with an apropos line from a song – something that sets the tone for the narrative. There are lines from all genres including Nat King Cole to Amy Winehouse. Davis obviously gave a lot of thought to each quote and they all touch the right spot – even when the subject matter turns to the darker side of Gabby's too-long abusive relationship with Brad, or Chris' struggle with addiction and sexual orientation. There is no contrivance to the story line, the situations are believable and most readers will identify with the struggles and triumphs the characters experience. The action in the story is well-written and quite gripping at times. The main characters, and the peripheral ones, are all developed nicely and exactly enough for their roles. The reader sees them and hears their voices, feels their moods. Davis has a delivered an entertaining and thought provoking read with Sometimes Ya Gotta Laugh.
TopBookReviewers More than 1 year ago
"Sometimes You Gotta Laugh by Timothe Davis is one of those books that you pick up and read right through in one go, at least I did. It follows three close friends living in Dallas: Jordon, the non-committal; Gabrielle, the hopeless romantic; and Chris the big stud on the prowl. They are all single at the beginning of the novel and evaluating each other`s love lives. The story centers around the relationships they have, the paths they take and interweaves them. Their friendship becomes quickly strained when Chris starts exploring the other side of his sexuality. Gabby is sucked into a controlling relationship and Jordon just keeps messing up any chance for love. The author, Davis, has great skill in character development. You sense the long term camaraderie of the three immediately. The secondary characters are just as strong as the main three. Davis never embellishes a conversation for the sake of filler. He makes the reader figure it out on his own. Something that I wish more authors would do. Throughout the novel I started looking at my own friendships and relationships and where they have taken me. The story turns dark toward the end when Chris falls further down the rabbit hole and Gabby realizes the true face of her mentally abusive boyfriend. Jordon is watching his friends fall apart and finds out what sacrifices he has to make to keep his friends… or not, while at the same time trying to get back the one that got away. Well worth the read, Sometimes You Gotta Laugh will make you reflect on your own relationships." TBR-TopBookReviewers