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Tom Dolby
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1 Feb 2005
At 22, Toby Griffin wants it all - fame, fortune and a good-looking boyfriend by his side. For now, he's got a freelance job for an online magazine, a sublet in the East Village and a group of friends with a taste for fashion, booze and other men. But everything changes when Toby suddenly gets the chance of a lifetime, working as a personal assistant to a hip film mogul. Now he's swilling champagne with the best of them, but he still feels that making it in Manhattan isn't as easy as he thought - until one tragic night changes his life and gives him power he had never dreamt of.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing; Rep Rei edition (1 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758206178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758206176
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read 21 Jan 2006
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With a fantasic storyline and realistic characters it will make you laugh and cry with them and will make you read it again and again
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quick fun, but nothing remains 29 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on
The novel is a fast read with moments of fun, but the author seems unable to create a memorable character. Toby neds a lawyer at one point, but worries he can't afford one, even though his parents pay his rent in Manhattan and his mother just sold her company for $200 million. Huh? Many moments like this make the novel seem rushed.
Alos, why does this novel have to be shelved in the gay section? It seemed pretty mainstream to me. I hate this hyper-classification.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promising Debut Novel 1 Jun 2004
By Michael T. Rognlien - Published on
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Looking only at the inside flap of the book (come on, we're gay, we do it) it's hard to imagine that a strikingly handsome author of Dolby descent would be able to write a novel about being (or perceiving oneself as being) .. well, average, insecure and confused as to one's place in the world.
Actually READING the book, though, you find that his main character is all of those things. Cute and young enough to possibly make up for not being TOTALLY hot, Toby, the main character, seems to do nothing but screw up opportunities to 'elevate' himself to the A-list in a snotty, screwed-up New York of the new millenium.
The beauty of this book, though, is that like Sex & the City and Less than Zero - two books this one has been likened to - it has nothing to do with New York or snotty A-lister's or even young almost-hot men.. rather, it's a story about a person coming of age in a time where everything seems possible, everything seems desirable. His Toby, however, is not unlike the rest of us: he wants to be successful, he wants to find love, and he wants to maintain his sense of self but has to do so in spite of horrible bosses, frenemies (the one Sex and the City reference that fits - the episode where friends act like enemies) and a bank account hovering just above zero.
The approachability and enjoyability of this novel is not based on the fact that it's glitzy or set in New York or filled with drama and scandal - that has been done, to varying levels of success, by other authors. What made this book so enjoyable was the fact that the main character was real, honest about his vanities and shortcomings, and in the end decided that being a good person and doing the right thing for his friends, family and self, brought him the happiness that everything else had not.
(Side note: for those of you who read and enjoyed Bart Yates' "Leave Myself Behind," the main character in this book reminds me of a grown up "Noah" - and the fact that Mr. Yates endorses the book on the dust cover should persuade you to read the book!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Trouble Book 25 Feb 2005
By Frank Berkeley - Published on
The best part of this book is the inside back dust jacket where there is a really hot picture of the author. (Unfortunately, his website is pretty bare bones with no additional hot pics.) As for the novel, it's good but not great. There's just not much substance to the story. A plus is that the book is free of the continuity mistakes, typos and grammatical errors frequently found in books of this genre, as it was published by a professional house. (The fact that I'm even making this comment relates back to the minimalist substance of the story.) But it is a first novel and we can hope that Tom Dolby will grow and grow. The potential is certainly there.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fun, contemporary, shallow 4 Mar 2005
By Charles Harrington - Published on
I worry whenever a main character in a book is compared to Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. This often means the book will be the angsty stream of consciousness philosophy of a person who thinks they are more complex than they really are. Toby (probably an alter ego for the author TOm dolBY), Trouble Boy was quite a bit more fun and less pretentious than that but the book did fall short in a couple of places for me.

I got the book mainly because the main character was my age an it was NOT a coming out novel. It is nice to encounter a story where the main character has moved beyond that overused stage of life. Toby is easy to relate to for many gay 20-somethings, he's in the scene but not obsessed with it, he has a group of friends who can be as challenging as they can be supportive, he's a little shallow (I think most guys are to some degree no matter how much we might protest). There were many scenes with which I could immediately relate. However, at times, it was a little hard to feel sympathy for a Yale graduate at 22 living on his own in Manhattan, in an apartment paid for by his affluent parents, who can afford to go out drinking nearly every night of the week. When he says he probably wouldn't have dated a guy if he knew he worked in retail it put me off a bit.

In its favor there are many fun chapters especially those revolving around the foppery of the social elite and the book is quite the page turner; flaws aside I couldn't put it down until I was finished.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sparkling! 13 Mar 2009
By Thomas Marino - Published on
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Just finished Tom's book and I have to say it was very enjoyable. It's packed with vivid images that brought sights, sounds and smells to me during the read. I loved how he spun a tale that stayed true to its theme throughout - it flowed very well. What I enjoyed the most was how he wrapped everything at the end. Unlike some books, I felt it allowed me to create my own illusions for what the future held for Toby and completely satisfied with the ending. I commend Tom for a flawless debut.
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