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PopDaddy is a new memoir from Southern writer Jeffrey Roach that recounts the heartwarming and hilarious tale of how he and his partner Ken started a family in one of the unlikeliest places. The book takes place in the early 2000s, when single parent adoptions were the only way for a gay couple to adopt a baby from Guatemala and begins when the couple's best friend announcPopDaddy is a new memoir from Southern writer Jeffrey Roach that recounts the heartwarming and hilarious tale of how he and his partner Ken started a family in one of the unlikeliest places. The book takes place in the early 2000s, when single parent adoptions were the only way for a gay couple to adopt a baby from Guatemala and begins when the couple's best friend announces she's pregnant. Ken wants a baby too.What follows is a whirlwind eighteen-month journey that takes them from Dallas to Guatemala and back, as they work to bring baby Jackson home to meet his big, extended family. Along the way they discover that being "out" takes on a new meaning when the duo becomes a trio and that the word family is broad enough to include...

Title : PopDaddy: Boy Meets Boy Meets Baby
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ISBN : 29412476
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Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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PopDaddy: Boy Meets Boy Meets Baby Reviews

  • Jay Bell
    2019-05-13 00:27

    To baby or not to baby. That is the question! At least it’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. With my thirties about to run out, I feel like it’s now or never for my husband and I, and I’ve been on the fence for far too long. If only there was a super fun book I could read that could help me decide! Enter PopDaddy, Jeffrey Roach’s debut novel. This true story is about the author, his hunky husband Ken, and their decision to adopt a child together. Fifteen years ago when such things were much less common. Oh, and they’re living in Texas. To answer your next question, yes, Jeffrey and Ken are crazy. Or brave. Maybe a little of both, because this book isn’t a dry account of the forms that need to be filled out, or long drawn-out trips to the courthouse. This book celebrates how nutty family can be, both the one we are born with and the one we later build for ourselves.The author quickly throws us into the midst of his biological family, which is a little unnerving because you’ll likely be reminded of your own. As with any family, they can be tedious at times, but mostly their quirks and idiosyncrasies are entertaining. The writing style is similar to David Sedaris. Jeffery Roach has a talent for finding the humor in even the most mundane situations, although unlike Sedaris, his prose never gets morose. I laughed a lot while reading this book, sometimes due to what was happening, others simply because of the clever way the author chooses to phrase things. I did at times have trouble keeping up with who is who, especially in regards to the extended family, but again, this only made it feel more real. Family reunions can be weird like that. “Hi! Nice to meet you. Are we related?”As for the baby, adorable little Jackson, he’s not featured as much as I expected. Probably for the best since babies—no matter how cute—don’t make for the most intriguing characters. Instead this book chronicles the decision to adopt, the trials of making that a reality, and the celebration and adjustment that follows. I would love to read another installment by Jeffrey Roach that further explores what it’s like to be a full-time parent. As for PopDaddy, if you’re looking for a book that is peppy, hilarious, romantic, and endearing, pick this sucker up! You won’t be disappointed. While the book doesn’t set out to guide people through the ever-shifting adoption process, or try to convince anyone that this is the one true path to happiness, I did find it helpful in making up my own mind. I definitely don’t want a baby. (Blame the roadside changing scene.) If we adopt, it will be an older child. Now please, Jeffrey, write the next book so I know what I’m in for! The rest of you, get reading! :)

  • Ron-michael
    2019-05-13 19:38

    As a parent who adopted a child from Guatemala 11 years ago in a very similar method as the author of this book, reading it stirred up a ton of memories. Jeffrey hilariously captures all the drama, questions, and insecurities that come with making such a momentous and very personal decision. His bravery in sharing the good, the bad and the ugly that goes along with it is commendable. It is refreshing to see such humanity and not a whitewashed spin on how some families are made.My husband got concerned when he couldnt tell if I was crying from laughing so hard, or from strong sentiment- truth be told, there were times I couldnt tell the difference either! This truly is a must read for anyone that likes a story with a good heart (buried under layers of sarcasm).

  • Tal
    2019-05-05 22:48

    There is no review that can do this book justice. It's hilariously entertaining and so endearing because it's based on a real family. I truly enjoyed the writing from this author, technically sound and delightfully free of the editing errors typically found in self pubbed books. The narrative reminded me so much of the late Erma Bombeck and the not so late Nick Wilgus that I was laughing my ass off or smiling throughout most of the book.Aside from the humor what I really enjoyed was reading about two human beings who wanted to create their own family and overcame so many hurdles to do just that.

  • Roxanne
    2019-05-06 02:52

    This is a Goodreads win review. from I can see some people really loved this book and some kind of hated it. I think it has a lot with your perspective on life. Myself I found the book to be charming and funny. Many gay people adopt children from other countries. The journey these men went on was very good.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-05-01 22:41

    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsThis is a story that will warm your heart while keeping you thoroughly entertained. Jeff narrates this story so well that it almost feels as if you are reading a novel written in the first person – except that everything he’s telling you really happened. Within minutes of starting this book, I wanted to sit down and have coffee with these two guys because they were just the types of people who you know you would enjoy meeting.I also have to say that this book really opened my eyes on how difficult it is for gay couples to become parents – even in this day and age. Without the ability to pop out a kid in nine months, they face hurdles at every junction that they keep on jumping because they want to be parents. As readers will see in this story, just because a child didn’t come from one’s womb doesn’t mean that there is any less love or devotion on the part of the parents.I absolutely loved this story, I didn’t want it to end – but I wanted it to end because I just wanted them to be able to welcome home Jackson! It’s rare to read a story that can compete with my fantasy world fiction stories that I devour, but this book managed to do just that. If you are looking for a feel good story with an abundance of laughs, you’ve got to check this one out!Read Wendy’s review in its entirety here.

  • Anna
    2019-05-14 19:35

    Best book ever! I seriously don't have the words to describe this work of art. One moment I'm laughing historically, the next I'm mad and the next I'm sad at the injustice that the LGBT community suffers through the ignorance and intolerance of others! This is not a romance, but a memoir of Jeffery and his husband Ken, and the journey they went through to adopt their son Jackson from an orphanage in Guatemala. This is about the people including a supportive family that gave these two men the help and strength they needed to get through the process of that adoption. This is about the gift of love, that knows no boundaries, and is taken for granted in the heterosexual world we inhabit. I can't believe how much I loved a book with absolutely not one sex scene in it! It didn't need it to hold my attention like so many other books do. I was invested in Jeffery, Ken, and Jacksons story. Even now knowing that this is their truth, I wonder how they're doing, I actually care if they're happy, are they being treated well in Georgia? I can't recommend this book enough, I dare say this is probably the best book I'll read all year!Please, please, please do yourself a favor, and read this book. I promise it will not disappoint.Happy reading

  • Rex Balboa
    2019-04-28 23:37

    Pop Daddy provides an emotional depiction of the civil rights issues facing American gay and lesbian families. Told almost 15 years after the events, the book relates the true life tale of a gay couple who are very much in love and hoping to expand their family. Readers are given a raw look at the deep emotions, vulnerability and struggles that Ken and Jeffrey experienced during their quest to adopt their son, Jackson. The narrative is written in Jeffery's voice and moves at light speed. This book breathes with his unquestionable funny sense of humor and timing. As Jeffery’s friend of almost 20 years, I can say it is packed with the same inside jokes and obscure references to 70's sitcoms a reader would get when talking to him in person. However, the pace and tone of the novel left me breathless and I found it difficult to continue at times.We are very much living in another civil rights era. I believe Pop Daddy an important book, an undeniably heartfelt look at true love and the struggle to achieve a "normal" life so many of us take for granted. The story allows the reader to reflect on the progress made towards equality for gay and lesbian families. I recommend it to anyone in need of a good love story.

  • F. Hardesty
    2019-05-24 01:29

    This a wonderful story about two gay men in their thirties embarking on the journey to adopt a baby. It is cleverly written and very funny, but the most amazing thing about the book is the insight that it gives you into lives of a gay couple who are just trying to be happy, be normal, be a family, basically to just BE. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to laugh, cry and have a better understanding of their gay love ones.

  • Marti Phillips
    2019-05-10 22:25

    As a beta reader and a real live supporting character in the book, I'm telling you this is worth the read! The story goes beyond the humor and the shenanigans - it's the real story about two people building a family when the whole world seemed to be against gay families. The struggles, the fears, the joys and the conquers all! You will love this book! Buy several copies right now!

  • Mark Edwards
    2019-05-02 02:38

    Strongly recommended. Beautifully written. While I can identify with being in a long-term, gay relationship, my husband and I have no desire for children. Still I found Roach’s memoir highly engaging. It’s charming, funny and poignant simultaneously.

  • Mary
    2019-05-01 01:34

    Popdaddy is a warm, humorous, and honest look at a very loving family. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  • Cornelia
    2019-05-09 23:27

    This was a heartwarming sometimes funny story of love,gay adoption and finally marriage.

  • Sandra
    2019-05-04 18:27

    I loved listening to the retelling of real-life events Jeffrey, and his husband Ken, go through while adopting their son, Jackson. The best part is that this is a funny, sweet, well written, and a happy story! It gave me hope (and giggles) :DKevin R. Free was perfectly chosen as the narrator and he adds so much to the overall experience.

  • Apryle Kohut
    2019-05-15 21:31

    I don't think I have every laughed and cried so much while reading a book. This is a wonderful story of the challenges faced by a gay couple adopting a child. Jeffrey really opens his heart and shares the heart wrenching reality that he and many gay and lesbian couples face on a regular basis while at the same time demonstrating clearly just how wrong those prejudices are. This is a great read, warm, humorous and delightful. I highly recommend this book.

  • S
    2019-05-04 02:53

    A fun read although at times it was too self-indulgent and self congratulatory. For this excess however, it was balanced by self-deprecation and love.

  • Kathleen Katz
    2019-04-30 22:53

    What a great real story! Jeffrey had me crying tears of laughter early on. Later in the book, he had me crying tears of tender happiness. Families don't get better. Not just the boy and the boy and the baby, but also the aunts, grandmothers, cousins, etc. All that and this is an important piece of history about two of the early gay couples who adopted children in America.

  • ~nikki the recovering book addict
    2019-05-09 02:43

    Heart warming and totally fun and hilarious read!!Love love loved the story! And the writing is so so funny! I laughed out loud every few pages. Jeffrey Roach has an awesome sense of humour and a really fabulous writing style. I want more!!!