Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Another F-Word by Lissa Brown

Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Publisher: CreateSpace, January 2013
Pages: 238

Growing up in a small mountain town in Tennessee, Rory Calhoun Wilson was a good boy, but never interested in sports or other "boy things" as his father would have preferred. Instead, he shared his mother's interest in gardening, and got a considerable amount of bullying from his schoolmates, eventually leading to an insurmountable riff that caused his father to leave the home. Rory manages to survive, with help from his mother, his liberal grandparents, and some supportive straight friends. His first love ends in a devastating event that he would carry around for the rest of his life. 

Ms. Brown presents a very impressive story that hits a bulls eye on several levels, as a coming-out/coming-of-age story, a lesson on the damage caused by physical or cyber bullying, understanding the challenges faced by educators trying to encourage diversity and tolerance, and how parental priorities have to evolve when involved with a gay or lesbian child. The story and its characters are realistically imperfect, with positive attitudes despite occasional doubts and fears. This is an outstanding read for anyone, from teen to seniors, and much recommended. Five stars out of five.



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