Two For One by Sean David Wright
Reviewed by MaryKathyrine Tran, Spring 2012
Genre: Bisexual Fiction
Page Count: 313
Two For One centers on the lives of three average Americans, Danielle Edwards, Max Bland, and Katie Shaw and is a story involving concepts of bisexuality, polyamory, and breaking traditional societal roles. The story unfolds as Danielle discloses her bisexuality to her significant other, Max. Much to Danielle's surprise, Max encourages her to pursue her bisexuality by having sex with other women. He assures her of the necessity to pursue other sexual endeavors by explaining:
"Well, I mean this: you're bisexual; that's something you can't have surgically removed. No matter how much you love me and no matter how great our sex life is you are always and forever going to also desire having sex with women" (126).
In response to Max's blessing, Danielle begins an intimate relationship with co-worker, Katie Shaw. Surprisingly, Danielle and Katie's relationship blossoms into something serious.
Two for One highlights the struggles with balancing two important relationships and the jealousy and practical problems that ensue. Tensions are heightened when Katie loses both her job and home and Danielle invites Katie to live in their home. Unsurprisingly, the trio finds a comfortable fit to make their relationship work despite obstacles bolstered by society.
This novel is primarily filled with foul language as well as awkward and overly graphic sexual scenarios. Danielle, in particular, seems to be the most sexualized character and there were times it was evident the author of the novel was male. Looking past these major flaws, accompanied with numerous typos and unstructured sentences, the novel does a great job with slowly incorporating polyamory into the plot. With Danielle as the "hinge" to her relationships between both Max and Katie, the struggles encountered in the novel are plausible. Although not every polyamorous group is going to have the benefit of living in the same household, concepts such as jealousy, time management, and stress were very real concepts that were presented accurately. While this is a great aspect to the novel, the flaws tend to overshadow positive aspects.