12 Dec 2016

#Review: FREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark


Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Source: Purchased from Kobo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?

In Freakboy's razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.
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I really liked this one. It took the "issue" and transformed it into something other than that. It let readers look at someone who was coming to terms with what they were feeling and also see someone who was already there, already confident, already themselves. And I think it was great to do so. I would have liked a bit more exposition at the end about how having this knowledge and identity affected Brendan. But otherwise I really enjoyed it. 

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