Full Circle: Loving. Living. Life. After the Down Low by JL King Review & Interview

Full Circle by JL King

Full Circle by JL King

Full Circle: Loving. Living. Life After The Down Low covers the span of ten years since JL King’s first blockbuster release, On the Down Low. In his new book, he will explore the impact his controversial New York Times bestselling book has had on relationships, as well as the type of challenges he has encountered on a personal and professional level.

Where to start??? I still remember JL’s first interview with Oprah and thinking WTF is this dude talking about? By that time, E. Lynn Harris was by far (and still is) my favorite author, but King was talking about real-life men on the down low and how widespread it is especially within the African-American community. King is solely responsible for starting a dialogue that to this day continues to lead to a heated debate and possibly some understanding.

Full Circle gives a more in-depth look into JL’s life. We start before he marries his wife. His cousin, WOW!! I will just leave it at that (don’t wanna spoil it for anyone), but that one incident let me know I was in for one messy ride. There were several times throughout this book that I had to keep reminding myself that Full Circle is NOT a piece of fiction. This is actually one man’s life so my anger, disgust, and all other thoughts were elevated.

JL’s life (so far) is truly one that deserves to be shared with the masses and women should definitely pay attention to him and his message. A person may not agree with his beliefs and/or his lifestyle, but NEWSFLASH: He isn’t the only one so you better open your eyes. Some Christians will simply refuse to read Full Circle because it deals with homosexuality, but you better take a moment and meet the pastor, deacon, and the numerous other men that may sit next to you in the pews that have crossed JL’s path. Ignoring an issue will NOT make it go away!

I was so torn on how to rate this book because a part of me wanted to give it a 3. It was a 3 based on my thoughts of JL as a person being selfish, a user, and manipulative. I didn’t “like” him for the majority of it, but then it was like “wow, he is bringing out a wide range of emotions from me, plus making me think long and hard about the subject matter” so I moved the rating up to a 4. There were times I was sitting at work and I couldn’t wait to get to my kindle because I wanted to know what would happen next in his life story so I was leaning toward a 5. But, that didn’t last as I kept going because then he began to mention a few people but wouldn’t state their names, so just as I did with Terrance Dean’s book I went to google and tried to figure out who some people were LOL! It was a tad hypocritical to me because he mentions women protecting themselves so then I went back to a 4. But, I understand the whole concept of him not wanting to “out” someone else, but then this is why the epidemic of “down low” will continue to exist.

Overall, Full Circle is a book that I recommend. We can’t continue to be naive about homosexuality and especially about people (men and women) who have not come to terms with their sexuality and choose to straddle both sides of the fence. Oh, and not to mention one part of this book that will more than likely get overshadowed, is bipolar and what happens when you are in a relationship with someone that isn’t managing their mental condition. That was the true crazy section of the book in my opinion!!

I applaud JL King for speaking and sharing his truth. Hopefully, his bravery and strength will encourage and inspire others who are afraid of the reaction they will receive from society and their loved ones to also share theirs.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Full Circle in exchange for an honest review.

Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…

I can write anywhere. From sitting in front of the TV to being in a loud and busy Starbucks.  If I am feeling the spirit of telling a story, I can write anywhere. 

What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?

How authors don’t support each other. I hate that. There are only a hand full of real successful black authors and my peers don’t even give back to the new authors so they can learn the business and become successful. 

When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

When I am not writing, I love to read anything about faith. I have 3 books all published in the 1800’s that I keep in my car, back pack, beside my bed every where I go. So, when I get weak or afraid, I read them and they lift me up and let me know that I can make it.  

If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?

Full Circle.  

What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?

 1.  I am a homebody 2. I want to get married again 3.  I am very very shy in public.

Why do you think your writing matters?

When my book was required reading in over 30 universities, I knew then I had had accomplished my goal to have a voice that would impact the world for ever.

What can your fans look forward to next?

My fans can look forward to seeing me announce that I have finally retired and will no longer be on Social media. I want to disappear and enjoy my life as a grandfather, father and with that special someone.

 Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Reading in Black & White. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

My last words are: Faith over fear….and live your life in the NOW, because this afternoon is not promised.

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