Liam, R.F. Gonzalez’s character, takes his readers on a journey that essentially belongs to one’s soul. Gonzalez’s debut novel, Cheerleader, abounds with moments filled with throbbing adrenaline rushes that showcase moments of dark abysmal despair, to heart-tearing pulsating love, to what we hope is his final salvation. Liam is doomed to fall in love and suffer as much as he’s prone to making those he doesn’t love suffer. It’s a very slice-of-life novel with myriad shades of gray. This is no Greek hero who shall conquer and win. This is a truly Shakespearean protagonist who has flaws caused by his own hamartia. An enriching reading experience created through dexterity of language and mindfulness, Cheerleader will not disappoint its readers. It’s an awesome start to an adventurous journey!
Author of My Gypsy Dreams,
writer and director of the film My Father’s Daughter
To paraphrase many, the course of true love does not run smooth. And it doesn’t run smoothly for Liam, our hero and narrator. Cheerleader is a tale filled with sex, attempts to love, pain, and ultimately resolution, told with wit, depth, and sparkling dialogue. Liam tries to find his way, thinks he has, loses it, and ultimately, drawing from a depth of experience he shares with the reader, catches up with that elusive cheerleader he’s been chasing for years.
Author of The Sad Case of Brownie Terwilliger
In Liam, R.F. Gonzalez creates a narrator that’s reminiscent of every boy’s quest for love…a quest filled with pain, joy, and everything in between. Cheerleader takes its readers on a witty journey through the roller coaster that is life. Filled with detailed dialogue and skillful writing, Gonzalez’s debut novel, Cheerleader, will leave you anxiously waiting for his next release.
Author of SPAZ: The True Story of my Life with ADHD
R.F. Gonzalez was born in a small town in the impoverished country of Nicaragua at the end of its revolution. He then immigrated with his paternal grandparents to Texas in the 80s. Soon after, he moved to Europe with his mother and father for six years. He traveled around the world and, at age nineteen, moved back to Dallas. In 2010, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Dallas. Since then, he has been an entrepreneur, aspiring writer, and writing instructor. There are more interesting things to tell and, perhaps someday, he will write stories about it all.