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Brian Broome's memoir tells the story of his life, from a small child to adult, as a Black and gay person growing up in Ohio. Brian's story is sometimes heartbreaking, as he reveals that his father didn't support him, and some of the struggles he had during college with roommates, and many other instances like this. He centers his story around his struggles with being masculine enough, and especially dealing with Black masculinity, as seen through his family and his peers.

Brian's story is well written, and I appreciated learning about his life and his storytelling. However, to me, the book felt like more of a series of connected essays than a memoir, which made it more difficult to read than other memoirs I have recently read. I'm also glad that Brian's life seems to be where he wants it to be now, and he has dealt with some of the issues of his past.