Incredible memoir writing

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Brian Broome chronicles his experience growing up in Ohio and leaves out no details. You'll feel like you're right there with Broome through all of his ups and downs. He writes with such a raw and poignant honesty. It's so clear that Broome is a born storyteller with the way that he crafts this narrative and makes every detail feel like an extra special tidbit. Broome does a deep dive into what it means to grow up as a Black boy in America and the ways that he pushed boundaries. Broome also intimidates masculinity and our society's crushing expectations of boys.

The writing is also so poetic and gorgeous. Broome uses a Gwendolyn Brooks poem to structure much of the novel and his inspiration is obvious and so well used. This is a must read for anyone who is looking for a memoir you can't look away from. It will make you laugh and cry. Broome is an author to watch!