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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
A Boy Like Me is written by an LGBT+ gender-fluid poet named Reki. In this four-part series of poems, we are introduced into the mind of a man struggling to find his place in the gay community. We learn first hand what it means to be a feminine male in the community and the struggles it entails. Capturing a glimpse of Reki’s life, we journey through heartache, rejection, unrequited love, the longing for acceptance, and the loss of his mother.
I found Reki’s A Boy Like Me an eye-opening and beautiful read. There are many emotions and situations that readers could relate to on a personal level, such as the need to fit in, loving someone who doesn’t feel the same about you, and losing a very important person in your life, to name a few. I never would have thought that being a more feminine gay man would be met with so much hostility. While reading these poems, I was overcome with such sadness that the author didn’t even feel at home within a community that should accept him, but doesn’t because he’s a femme. In words, he is baring his soul to the reader and it definitely shows.
Being a straight woman, I’ll freely admit I was baffled reading this and finding out how it really is for a gay man who leans more to the feminine side. The poems about rejection, breakups, and unrequited love definitely struck a chord with me and it’s something I found myself identifying with as well as that underlying need to be accepted. Also, the photos were amazing. I absolutely enjoyed reading A Boy Like Me. It takes a lot to put such raw emotion and experiences into words let alone on paper and I feel Reki is very brave to do so. It’s a brilliant collection and I’m going to be on the lookout for more of his poetry in the future.