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02/19/2013

36th book review might just be my favorite

by Jeremy Hooper

This book review, from a parent of a teenage son, kind of sums up what I sought out to accomplish. Thought I'd share:

Screen Shot 2013-02-19 At 12.26.11 PmJust like having a chat with a friend!
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought this book, as I had never heard of Jeremy-but it sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a go. I am so glad I did-it was exactly like having a conversation with a friend (albeit one who loves to go off at a tangent and goes from A-B by way of C,D,E,F and of course G!) I finished the book in a day and then proceeded to email the author to fill in my half of the conversation!

This book was a wonderful mix of autobiography and activism, pathos and humor. The tales of a young Jeremy growing up and realizing that he liked boys were equally funny (his tale of himself mentally and physically performing acrobatics in order to catch a tantalizing glimpse of testicles had me roaring with laughter!) and tragic.The very real angst of the 16 year old Jeremy over how to behave in order to read the "gay edition"of "Entertainment Weekly" without attracting attention from his family as to his sexuality struck me as so very sad that home and family, which should be a place of refuge and safety and acceptance is in actuality the opposite for so many GLBTQ teens. As a parent there were many points which I have mentally filed on the "what not to do list".

I thought the author struck a very good balance between sharing his personal story and highlighting issues and problems which affect the wider community. From the book I have found my way to his blog and will look forward to hearing more! Thoroughly recommend.
MORE Reviews (and purchase information):
If It's A Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls [Amazon]

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