This was a cute read! Lionel gets it in his head that he and Dog need to have more in common or their relationship is doomed, so they join a bowling league. That's not as boring as it sounds though, because Lionel ends up being stupid good at bowling.
Lionel annoyed me at times here - he's very impulsive, as we all know, but he goes a little overboard at one point - but he makes up for it in the end. Dog also goes through a bit of a horror situation at work that wasn't fun to read about. Warnings:
He's sexually harassed and has trouble coming to terms with it and then figuring out how to resolve it.
But overall, the characters were as delightful as the first book, though I do wish I'd waited for the narration, assuming Joel Leslie comes back for it. He was a huge part of what made the first book such a fun experience.
Also, families that overshare are a little creepy. Just a smidgeon. :D And who celebrates Flag Day? That's being way too patriotic.
I want to see Carlos get his own story. He deserves one. He's such a delight. Tim and Fetch were a hoot too, and Dog's father is ... he's trying? LOL.
We were quiet a long time and then he said, “I love you.”
I wondered if I’d misunderstood him. The discomfort of the idea must have shown on my face because he added, “I don’t mean I love you that way. Not like I love Ross. Not like you love Harker. I mean, I care about you, Nick. You’re my friend. With all the things that are happening in the world, shouldn’t it be okay? Just to say I love you?”
“Yes, it should be okay.”
And it was.
Some great new characters and relationships here. But damn the heart.