All Boys Aren’t Blue

This book leaves me with a lot to unpack and I hope you will bear with me as I unpack it. I would like to give trigger warnings for this book since it contains molestation.

I would like to start out with the fact I absolutely love this book. After finishing it at 11pm last night I had to just sleep on it. But there is some similarities I can see from myself in this book. I was a grandchild baby and my mother saw my LGBTQ+ tendancies early on and so I took to my gay uncles better than most family members. I also struggle with childhood/adulthood trauma that I wasn’t expecting to face in this book. The chapter on Boys Will Be Boys really struck home and when I finished this chapter I stopped reading to break down in tears. I mean ugly tears with snot and all.

I am younger than the author and would like to comment the differences as well since he was finishing college to my starting High School and figuring out my own journey. Plus a lot of the kids that were figuring out there own LGBTQ+ in a very christian south during my high school experience. I had a lot more role models, which could come from the fact that I had an uncle who was shunned from his family for being gay and marrying my uncle. I think he took me under his wing to shield me a little better and I wish G.M. Johnson had had that. I will say even with the differences I wish I had had this book in High School when I was trying to figure it all out. I hope that any child or adult trying to figure it out and needs that connection finds this book.

Five out of five stars.

June Wrap-Up

Another Pride Month draws to an end. This month has been something else and we have really seen a lot of history begin to happen. I hope you remember that Black Lives Matter and that we begin to see the problems that Native Americans face daily with the rise of their protests and voices. Being Native American myself I hope you all back both with a fierceness that any racist should fear.

Here are the books I read for June 2020!

How to Make Friends with the Dark

This book is heart-wrenching and you just can’t help but feel it all. The author did a really good job writing this book. I will definitely say to step back and take a break from this book regularly. It does take a toll when you read it. I had to stop every 50 pages or so with some of the topics that are brought up in the book. Some of it was triggering for me which made this book hit a little harder than usual.

Let me also give you a heads up to the tears that will fall towards the end of this book. The rest of the story is sad but the ending hits a little differently and tears will spring forward a little quicker than you anticipate. Also, do yourself a service and read the author’s note. I usually just skim these but something made me actually read this one and I loved it. It was a nice come down from the book for me.

I will say this book was a nice read for Mental Health Awareness month. It is May and the hashtag is #breakthestigma. Find something to enjoy or someone to share with and enjoy life to its fullest. Be kind to yourself and others and remember to always practice self care.

Five out of five stars. Cheers.

Suicide Notes

I picked this book up at Books A Million on a whim. Since we are all stuck at home I decided to go grab a couple of books and this was one of them I found. This book was very strange in the beginning but oddly I kept reading. It keeps you wanting to know more in a strange way. Halfway through the book is when the emotions really hit though. You are pretty much in the dark until the character decides to stop lying to himself and the reader.

I wasn’t prepared for the LGBTQ representation. You get hints of it about halfway through but its not majorly talked about from what I have seen in reviews. I have to say I enjoyed the representation and how the author brought it in. I love the subtle books that nonchalantly bring it in and bam there it is. I highly recommend this book. I can’t say much more without giving the book away since I loved it so much I couldn’t put it down. Go down to the bookstore or get it offline and read it. Then I encourage you to come back and tell me what you thought!