"Turned On" is described on the back cover of the book as a "psychotherapy novel." This characterization, while accurate, might lead some to believe that "Turned On" is going to be a dry, analytical read. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's an authentic page-turner.
I began reading it at about 5:30 yesterday evening, thinking I'd read a few pages and then break to do some other things. Wrong. I read the first 151 pages straight through, took a dinner break, and then finished off the rest at around 10:30 PM. I could not put it down. This is brilliant work.
As I was reading, I kept a running list of words that came to mind as I made my way through the book. Here's what I wrote:
"Turned On" is a dark journey, to be sure, and not for the faint of heart or those who may be offended or disturbed by a frank presentation of the shadow side of human sexual experience. But more importantly, in my view, it is a journey of awakening to the possibilities of healing and positive change that can only come with a fully felt awareness of the truths of oneself, one's history, and one's life. And that is a journey well-taken.
Author, Iron Man Family Outing: Poems About Transition Into A More Conscious Manhood