Blind Expectations

C.D. Hamilton

Like winds of a storm electrifying
My senses,
She sparked into my life
Her natural, simple smile crumbles
My walls
Those joyous laughs of hers
Like songs from heaven
Soothing the aches in my heart
Her embrace jolts nerves
On seemingly endless journeys
Up and down my spine,
The flesh of my back
Like a shock wave crashing
My shores,
A new reason for living arrived
From a place
Out of nowhere
As Corinne read, the blue in her Mediterranean eyes deepened in curiosity. For a moment she wondered if the poem could have been about her.


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A young man becomes desperate for female companionship and repeatedly sets his sights on the wrong women in this novel.
Peter Michael Webb is thrilled to be attending the elite Stepney Green College as a transfer student. Raised by a single mother of modest means, Pete struggles to fit in with all the rich kids at his new school and only finds a couple of friends. The story opens as Pete daydreams about his recent obsession, a female student named Brandi Sparks. After taking her on a couple of dates, Pete overhears Brandi mocking his impecuniousness, and then watches her fall into the arms of his friend Todd Galloway. Pete thus finishes school in the company of his only remaining cohort, Corinne Aldrich, who seems to have feelings for him that are more than friendly. Reluctant to ruin their friendship, Pete focuses instead on chasing his career goals and discovering love elsewhere. Following graduation, he moves back to his hometown to get a job and work on his novel. As he deals with his own dysfunctional family, Pete does achieve some professional success. His accomplishments bring with them increased opportunities for finding dates, but he begins to wonder what exactly he’s striving for and whether any of the women he pursued was ever right for him. While many of the women in Hamilton’s story are portrayed in a negative light, so are multiple male characters, who prove themselves to be unreliable backstabbers. But Pete is so earnest and naïve that readers will find themselves rooting for him. Told in the third person, the book shifts between the perspectives of Pete, his friends, and his family in a manner that leads to a sometimes choppy narrative. The novel also suffers from its use of old-fashioned language and actions. College students frequently employ outdated phrases and terminology, and cellphones barely appear (and even then, text messages are formal and lengthy). These anachronisms lead the work to read more like historical fiction from the 1960s or ’70s. Even so, the author manages to create intriguing characters with complicated interior worlds. While the ending is somewhat predictable, the journey to the story’s conclusion is ultimately satisfying.
Despite a few flaws, an engaging tale about a confused young man settling into adulthood.