I usually look for books that defy stereotypes but I thought it might be interesting to begin this attempt at celebrating Pride Month with a memoir that exemplifies what I grew up hearing as the quintessential coming out story. I don’t know what has been the actual story that was or is most common when coming out, but it seemed that every show that bothered to have an LGBT character gave them a family like Alex’s, a family that freaks out and goes to horrible lengths to “fix” the problem.
Seeing this story play out with fictional characters can still be important and all but a memoir of the actual experience of an actual person is even better. With a memoir, we get to skip the idea that some of it is rare and therefore added to sensationalized the story. Even if Alex’s story is rare, it’s hers. She went through the abuse and deserves to be heard. More than simply that her story is what I had come to expect of all coming out stories, Alex’s story takes place recently, proving that there continues to be work to be done all over the US to stop the abuse of LGBT people that continues. As her story progressed, I appreciated the inclusion of things going on behind the scenes as they happened rather than waiting for the surprise. I can’t imagine dealing with what Alex went through and I admire her response to it. Its a great book for anyone looking into the lived experiences of LGBT teens.