[Book Review] Travels With Penny by David Morrison

Travels With Penny: True Travel Tales of a Gay Guy and His Mom

David Alan Morrison

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

Is there anything special going on for this book right now? 

Yup! There’s a virtual blog tour and giveaway going on right now. It’s ending on the 1st though, so enter while you still can!!

Also, I created an 8tracks playlist for the book from the author’s selection of roadtrip and character related songs. Go check it out here

Give us a summary.

Two things flashed through my mind when I opened the door to the sex shop to find my mother standing in front of the display case talking to a tall salesman wearing a leather harness, jock strap and a dog collar. The first was, “Oh, crap!” The second was, “I hate it when Dad’s right.”

Thus begins David Alan Morrison’s hilarious memoir about the evolution of a family. Following the sudden death of his right-wing, conservative father, a middle-aged, liberal gay guy struggles with the idea of his own mortality by reminiscing about the quirky travel experiences he shared with his gregarious mother. Told through a combination of journal entries, random thoughts and interviews, TRAVELS WITH PENNY takes us on an adventure both funny and touching as David tries to make sense of seemingly random vacations that, somehow, weaved a new relationship with his estranged parents. As he and Penny travel through an Amsterdam hash bar, a New York gay theatre and the most conservative states in the USA, they learn that the events of their stormy past does not mean they must face the future in a broken relationship. They learn love trumps traditional notions of “family,” despite the pain of change and a society filled with anti-LGBT bias.

What did you think when you first started the book?


PFFFFFTTTTTT this book is hilarious. Good gods man! If you have a mother, then you will understand this poor guy’s plight. xDDDDD The whole sex shop scene was probably the best thing ever. That and his mom being an evil lady and tattling on him to his father. xD I could just hear them all so clearly in my mind. I just know, this is going to be an awesome read.

Final Thoughts?

It was great. Just like I thought it would be! I don’t think I could have asked for better. I typically don’t read nor particularly like memoirs (even fictional ones), but this? This was perfection! It was told like any great story would be, except you realize… “Wait. Wait this ACTUALLY HAPPENED. That makes it 10,000x better. XD” You sympathize with the characters, see yourself in some of the crazy happenings that befall this adventurous duo (and friends, as they’re often accompanied by a colorful entourage as well), and even find yourself equally embarrassed, mortified, or spleen-splitting laughin’-your-ass-off from the things that come out of people’s mouths. (I know I certainly did! It will never ceased to amaze me…)

A truly insightful piece, riddled with laughter and good times. Anyone who has a parent can sympathize even if they have never been in the situations depicted in this memoir. A great read! Don’t miss out on it! You’ll be rolling in laughter for days.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

There’s lots of innuendo in this book, but it’s not raunchy or anything. It’s comedy, so there are moments of clean comedy and moments of not-so-clean comedy. You decide. I

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

Yes, it is so quotable and funny and—

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 139
Genre & Themes: Parents, Travel, Children,
Dealing With Loss, Coming Together, Grief,
Acceptance, LGBT (mostly gay) themes, Humor,
Comedy, Real Life, Memoir
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Good Tales Book Tours (GTBT)
Challenge:  2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (67),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge, Read A Million Pages,
105 Reading Challenge2015 New To You

3 thoughts on “[Book Review] Travels With Penny by David Morrison

  1. Laurie Starkey says:


    Thank you so much for hosting David Morrison today! We sure do appreciate your support! We also love the review and the playlist!

    Laurie Starkey
    Good Tales Book Tours

    Liked by 1 person


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