Review: To Gaze or Not to Gaze by Maggie O’Donnell

To Gaze or Not to Gaze by Maggie O’Donnell
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Pages: 154
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review

Ripton is an all boys school. Ricky and Robby, despite having ridiculously similar names, must struggle with their separate personal relationships. Will Ricky’s father approve of his friendship with an open gay? Who will Robby choose in a conflict of love over lust? They are in the best years of their lives; a life that can be easily torn away.


Review:  What started out as a potentially engaging story experienced a serious case of crash and burn thanks to the desperately needed services of a copy editor.

Author Maggie O’Donnell spotlights the lives of two students in an all-male school against a backdrop of William Shakespeare’s bittersweet love story, “Romeo and Juliet.”

Robby is openly gay and leads a tortured life because of his openness. Ricky is a star athlete who befriends Robby. Together, they explore the boundaries of friendship…that soon turns to a much closer relationship. Just like the lead characters in the play they are performing, tragedy swoops in and changes their lives forever.

Although the story line showed potential, the errors throughout the book proved to be too much of a distraction. It was packed with typographical and grammatical errors and even a section featuring a multi-paragraph repeat. The author managed to keep the heat level at a lukewarm setting, leaving the details up to the reader.

A good copy editor could take this and shape it into an enjoyable read, but in its current form, it is somewhat lacking.