Danny promised his dying father he would take care of the family, but a promise looks much different when someone is twelve than it does at sixteen. When his sister leaves for college, he realizes he’s trapped in his father’s dream. He runs the family restaurant with his mother and tucks his own dreams away, until he falls in love with Aryn, a girl in his chorus class.
In volume 6, new characters are making their debut, as the band moves forward with producing their demo, getting a photo-shoot done and looking for gigs. They find help in places they never expected. Meanwhile, Aryn’s father visits Alfredo’s.
Pretentious is a series of NA novellas that follow Danny and Aryn in their attempt to create a band and follow their dreams, while honoring Danny’s commitment to take care of his mother, a nurturing Italian woman everyone calls Mama, and his sister, Becky. It’s a story about family, commitment, love and the confusion of betrayal.
With this installment, Pretentious is on the cusp of some major changes. Not only do we get to meet some of the characters that were presented as names in the last installment, there’s also visits with some of the others who have been out of the picture for a while. The few new settings that arise naturally as the narrative progresses are fleshed in quickly, and the extra dynamics are quickly woven into the backdrop that keeps this series vibrant and constantly improving.
The pacing is a little slower, taking time to give the new elements a chance to settle into place. There is no sense of lag or of having to slog through large sections of filler, which is part of what keeps me turning the pages.
Another hearty 5 out of 5 stars for Friends, and an even heartier recommendation – if you haven’t discovered this series, you really need to give it a try!
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