2 out of 4 stars
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Don’t Let It Show, written by Randy Boucher, is a candid first-person account of the author’s life. This honest memoir revolves around the difficulties of accepting one’s homosexuality.
Of humble origins, Boucher had a tumultuous childhood. His dad was a house painter, and his mother, Joyce, was a homemaker who suffered from depression and alcoholism. The author remembers how his parents argued all the time, and his mom cried a lot. She tried to kill herself on more than one occasion, and the police frequently appeared at their home due to these episodes.
What I most appreciated in this book was the author’s honesty. I enjoyed his straightforward, unvarnished, and bold style of narrating his feelings and experiences. He leaves no stone unturned and describes how he was curious about other boys ever since he can remember. He always had a sense that he was gay but felt that he could not tell his family or friends. They were Jehovah's Witnesses, and Boucher explains how religion made his life particularly difficult. Only his sister-in-law, Nancy, married to his older brother Ray, noticed the signs.
The book’s greatest strength is Boucher’s touching account of his struggles to find his true identity. Similarly to many teenagers, he felt guilty about his desires, and he prayed about it. After his baptism, the author felt as if religious fervor could solve his impulses. For instance, seeking to subdue his urges, the author got married to Wendy, whom he met in church when he was still a teenager. He was only 19 years old when their son Randy was born. His attraction to other men did not go away, though.
Unfortunately, I generally felt that the author meandered through unnecessary details, and he also repeated himself a few times. These aspects were what I disliked the most about the book. Boucher’s story is remarkable, and I believe a professional editor could significantly improve it.
In closing, I rate the book 2 out of 4 stars. I subtracted one star due to the excessive details and unnecessary repetitions, and I took away the second star because the text had spelling and grammatical errors. The book would greatly benefit from a round of professional editing. Still, it is an extraordinary story that I enjoyed reading. It is, as you may imagine, a book for adults; it has an abundance of profanity and erotic content. I recommend it to open-minded readers who are interested in homosexuality. If you have conservative values, you should probably steer clear of it.
Don’t let it Show
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