by Amrou Al-Kadhi
#popsugarreadingchallenge prompt 41: author in their 20s

This book was so much more than I expected. I expected glitter and camp conversations; discussions about shoes and contouring; possibly some seedy post-show sex.
I did not expect the indepth, authentic and truly touching look at family, religion, self doubt and personal growth Al-Kadhi offers.

This is a wow book – Kadhi had so much to survive and process before they could become this fabulous self they now are. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been to unfurl in the way they did with all of the family, social and religious constraints they lived within.

While deep and difficult topics are addressed in this book it is not a heavy book. Al-Kadhi is funny and irreverent too – their writing will make you laugh as much as it will make you want to cry for the little boy they once were and rage against social bs which threatens the lives of so many who are not exactly as expected to be.

This book is valuable and worth experiencing – I challenge anyone not to feel moved and educated by it.