Downing, Michael. Breakfast With Scot. Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint, 1999.
Less than 200 pages long this was a quick, in-one-sitting read. At first blush I would call this story “quirky” for the simple fact that all of the characters have their issues. What makes this fun to read is how they deal with those issues as well as each other. This is a story about relationships and relating to people around you. The point of view is told from Italian art magazine editor, Ed. Ed and his chiropractor partner, Sam, have become guardians to eleven year old Scot. Scot doesn’t fit in for a multitude of reasons. For one, Ed and Sam have never wanted children. For another, Scot is the child of Sam’s brother’s girlfriend, only the brother is not the biological father. Topping it all of is Scot’s unique personality; his affinity for hand soaps and charm bracelets. While Ed and Sam are homosexuals they are not sure how to deal with Scot on any of these levels. As the reader you want them to not only work it out but work it out as a happy ending.
Poignant line: “But Scot’s the kind of kid other kids push down and kick simply because of the way he puts his hand on his hip” (p 50). This line sums up the entire book.
Reason read: November is national adoption month and while Ed and Sam don’t “adopt” Scot, per se, they are legal guardians.
Author fact: Michael Downing is a local boy, growing up to the west of me and working to the east.
Book trivia: Breakfast with Scot was made into a movie in 2007.
BookLust Twist: From More Book Lust in the chapter called “Adapting to Adoption” (p 1).