There are few people in the world who could survive such a tragic past and thrive from it. Kevin Sessums paints his true life story in the style of a novel and keeps the reader interested from start to finish. This is not only a great depiction of what it is like to grow up gay in the American South it is also a commentary on racism and the damage one person can do with simple words. This is an amazing read!
I got bored and couldn't finish this. The subject matter is interesting enough, but the writing style was weak. I think I've been spoiled by too many excellent memoirs.
Sessums admits the dialogue in this book is his own invention (not having carried a recording device around with him his whole life), even though the events, names, places, and details are real. A very interesting account of a gay boy/teen growing up in the South during the 60's, when boys were expected to become football heros, not worshiping Arlene Francis and knowing all the Broadway show tunes. His story is funny, but sometimes cruel and sad. Very poignant, and worth reading. I was surprised at his use of words that sent me on occasion to the dictionary, when he could have conveyed the same meaning with a less obscure word.
Many laughs, many tears, and worth your time.
Very graphic at times but having the author read this book is very powerful. The depth of his emotions really comes through.
I rated this Sissy book in order to review it, I rated it a three because it is well done on audio. This is definetly Gay and Lesbian literature. I have all but the last CD down and since I am not a Lesbian I found it to be too graphic and not mainstream literature. I don't like the Main Character, Kevin and nothing in the audio presentation congers up empathy or sympathy from me for MR. Sessums. If you are a young gay man, there may be some value in this but for a straight female.. forget about this one.