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.