Monday, 2 July 2018

Review; My Crunchy Life by Mia Kerrick

I was fortunate enough to be allowed to participate in the tour for My Crunchy Life by Mia Kerrick through YA Bound Book Tours and today is the day the tour stops at this blog, which means it's time for my review of the book.

Summary of the Book
John Lennon fought for world peace, but sixteen-year-old hippie hopeful Kale Oswald’s only made it as far as tie-dying his T-shirts with organic grape juice. Now he’s ready to cement his new hippie identity by joining a local human rights organization, but he doesn’t fit in as well as he’d hoped.

After landing himself in the hospital by washing down a Ziploc bag of pills with a bottle of Gatorade, Julian Mendez came clean to his mother: he is a girl stuck in a boy’s body. Puberty blockers have stopped the maturing of the body he feels has betrayed him. They’re also supposed to give him time to be sure he wants to make a more permanent decision, but he’s already Julia in his heart. What he’s not sure he’s ready to face is the post-transition name-calling and bathroom wars awaiting him at school.

When Kale and Julian come face-to-face at the human rights organization, attraction, teenage awkwardness, and reluctant empathy collide. They are forced to examine who they are and who they want to become. But until Kale can come to terms with his confusion about his own sexuality and Julian can be honest with Kale, they cannot move forward in friendship, or anything more.

My Thoughts on the Novel
My Crunchy Life is a heartbreaking novel at times. Accepting who you are as transgender or gay isn't a walk in the park at times, but adding bullying to the mix doesn't exactly help. Some of the struggles of being in the LGBT+ community and/or being bullied is illustrated in the book and that alone makes it worth the read, especially since trans literature less mainstream than gay/lesbian fiction. So yeah, I did enjoy reading a novel with more layers like bullying, transgender issues and gay issues.

About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com.
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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me today and for your thoughtful review.

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    1. You're welcome. :-) And thanks for writing such a great book.

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