This is an awesome autobiographical book that keeps you turning the pages. The author tells what it was like growing up gay in a poor, black family. It is cleverly written. It is funny at times but absolutely heartbreaking at others. The messages about what it means to be a black man in our society is powerfully delivered in ways that explain why he always felt like he fell short of expectations. He doesn't spare us any details of some of his cringe-worthy experiences as a child trying to fit in at home, at school, and in life. If you read this book and don't feel anything, you must be a robot.
As I read this book, I was reminded of the works of Augusten Burroughs. They have different stories to tell but it is the manner that they tell them that is familiar. Both of their styles of writing are unflinchingly honest and straight from the heart. I love them both and I hope they both continue to publish work because I will gladly continue to read them!