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Yay Brokelyn Book Swap I traded the abysmal Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England for this snappy see what I did there little number It s super fun so far Oh I forgot to review this and somehow like a month has gone by and I ve forgotten all about it Well, not all about it I do remember that it wasn t very good I mean, I thought it was going to be this really sad hopeful thing, where the young pretty gay boy was repressed and made miserable by his small town compatriots, t Yay Brokelyn Book Swap I traded the abysmal Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England for this snappy see what I did there little number It s super fun so far Oh I forgot to review this and somehow like a month has gone by and I ve forgotten all about it Well, not all about it I do remember that it wasn t very good I mean, I thought it was going to be this really sad hopeful thing, where the young pretty gay boy was repressed and made miserable by his small town compatriots, the sensitive artist working his way through the ignorant masses to eventually emerge, scathed and bruised but hopeful, into a clearer world of sophistication and creativity But actually This guy seems to have had it great His firebrand mom was letting him work at a record store and have his friends take him to punk shows when he was like thirteen His ex army taskmaster father somehow looked the other way when a much much older friend spent the night like every weekend when he was in high school All his teachers recognized his great creativity, he won all sorts of awards, got to go on month long retreats with a bunch of again, much older naked hippies and performance artists All the girls were in love with him, all the boys looked up to him, even the jocks and the meatheads took him cow tipping and shared their PBRs and told him he was a good dude Charmed life, much Even on the few occasions when he s relating a story of failure kids calling him a faggot, getting into fist fights he still tells it as if he s the winner Which, maybe that s how he needs toremember it, or shit, maybe that s really how it was But it all just felt somehowdishonest Way too self aggrandizing Though I guess that tends to be the point of a memoir, right I don t know, I feel like kind of an asshole now I mean, I m not saying that every coming out story should be Boys Don t Cry or something, or that a lack of difficulty undermines one s ability to find one s way I justI don t know quite why this guy gets to write a memoir Nothing about his life was particularly illuminating or fascinating, and I was mostly bored by his story Clocking in at 228 pages with 52 chapters avg of 4.38 pages chapter this isa collection of stories than an autobiography The beginning chapters bounce among characters and periods My opinion is that this style of writing has a laziness to it, as if the author can t formulate a good, intriguing flow to a story so just chop it up and talk about all the interesting stuff up front Too many authors, especially coming of age, gay authors, seem to do this a great deal.The book was oka Clocking in at 228 pages with 52 chapters avg of 4.38 pages chapter this isa collection of stories than an autobiography The beginning chapters bounce among characters and periods My opinion is that this style of writing has a laziness to it, as if the author can t formulate a good, intriguing flow to a story so just chop it up and talk about all the interesting stuff up front Too many authors, especially coming of age, gay authors, seem to do this a great deal.The book was okay to read, nothing amazing An interesting aspect is that the novel takes place not far from where I attended college and it was interesting in that sense The later portion of the book starts to flow chronologically and work as a cohesive story.I was intrigued enough to google the author and discovered he is now a performance artist in San Francisco and started a non profit to put his own book in school libraries seems a bit self serving to me for a non profit cause, but, hey, rock it if you can.Okay to read and a good capture of the how it was for a gay theater geek before Will Grace and GLEE 1 2 star for some adorable, tender moments Another 1 2 star for quick wit and sassy gay voice 4 stars deducted for stereotyping groups of other people although the book is about him not wanting to be stereotyped for being gay strange ordering of chapters which grew annoying and persistent use of the phrase, the the chagrin of I m not trying to trash the book, but I must be honest You ll like the book if you can focus on the adorable, tender moments and the quick wit sassy gay voice. There are not enough stars How I Learned To Snap is a laugh out loud account of a boy s coming out experience in the South If you re gay, have lived in the south, or both, or none you should read this book I had the pleasure of meeting Kirk Read and he signed my copy it s priceless to me He s a great guy and is either very humble, or has no idea what good things he s doing for today s gay youth. I was initially reluctant to read this book A small town coming out, coming of age story I envisioned sad, perhaps violent stories, and braced myself going in But I couldn t have beenwrong The essays in this book which blend nicely together to give you a nice overall picture of Kirk s young life focuses on the good in people, the attempt to find one s self through trial and error, keeping a sharp sense of humor all along the way On numerous occasions reading this book, I shed happy I was initially reluctant to read this book A small town coming out, coming of age story I envisioned sad, perhaps violent stories, and braced myself going in But I couldn t have beenwrong The essays in this book which blend nicely together to give you a nice overall picture of Kirk s young life focuses on the good in people, the attempt to find one s self through trial and error, keeping a sharp sense of humor all along the way On numerous occasions reading this book, I shed happy tears I think every teenager should read this Adults will like it, too If I were a rich philanthropist, I would ensure that every high school in America carried Mr Read s book Though he admits that his West Virginian coming out story is unique in that he had the support of his family and friends, his tale is a guide on how to begin the lifelong commitment to coming out He recommends that you do not disappear from your hometown, but make appearances to allow the locals to know you as a gay adult, to answer questions and remove the mystery of gay life from the equ If I were a rich philanthropist, I would ensure that every high school in America carried Mr Read s book Though he admits that his West Virginian coming out story is unique in that he had the support of his family and friends, his tale is a guide on how to begin the lifelong commitment to coming out He recommends that you do not disappear from your hometown, but make appearances to allow the locals to know you as a gay adult, to answer questions and remove the mystery of gay life from the equation, and to be honest to your calling at all times He also makes an appeal foropenly gay role models and understanding teachers who can answer questions of both gay and straight students Each short chapter contains a lesson learned, including the title story, where an older gay teen shows him how to snap as means of saying, I am not afraid A must read for any gay teen and their parents I got this book as a Freebie when I went to a Leadership camp for GLBT and Straight Ally Student Leaders I read it in a day, and it was an interesting story Deals with a boy who figured he d make waves by coming out in the Bible Belt South to his Christian, Military family but ended up having it be a non event A decent, non victim story Not life changing, but a light ish read. Loved this Years ago Pete McCommons reviewed this for the Flagpole, and I ve been meaning to read it ever since It was very evocative of the time when I was growing up, and familiar in that most of my close friends in high school were gay His writing is entertaining, and he has a lot to say about what kinds of experiences gay kids need in order to grow up secure. (FREE E-PUB) ´ How I Learned to Snap: A Small-Town Coming-Out and Coming-Of-Age Story ⚪ With bold Southern humor, journalist and performer Kirk Read takes readers on a guided tour of his precocious and courageous adolescence Recalling his years as an openly gay high school student, Read describes how he navigated the hallways with his sense of humor and dignity intact He fondly recalls his initiations into sex, drugs, and rock n roll, as well as his shy as neon acts of rabble rousing during high school How I Learned to Snap is a refreshingly victim free story in which queer teenagers are creative, resilient, and ultimately heroic He was an absolute brat in high school, and he knew it, too I didn t have that rebellious streak in high school and I certainly wasn t brave enough to be out in my own small, conservative town so I was a bit jealous, I suppose I liked the format the chapters are tiny snapshots and vignettes, which is interesting to see.