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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Boy Who Loved Me is a work of non-fiction in the memoir, slice of life, and LGBTQIA+ subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Wilson Semitti. This poignant and mesmerizing memoir takes readers on a journey through the life of Semitti, a Ugandan man whose life is marked by both love and struggle. The book begins with a chance encounter at a London club, where Wilson meets an English boy, and their relationship becomes a central thread in his life story. Wilson's writing is acutely observant and emotionally charged as he delves into his experiences of queerness in Uganda, a country marked by political turmoil and violence. He navigates the complexities of coming out and coming of age in an environment that is often hostile to LGBTQ+ individuals.
Author Wilson Semitti has crafted a spellbinding reading experience that truly captures the resilience of the human spirit. Despite being born with sickle-cell chronic disease, Wilson refuses to let it define him. Instead, he embarks on a journey that takes him across the globe, from Uganda to Thailand, China, South Africa, and beyond, with vivid description that brings the memoir to life in the style of a classic immersive novel. Throughout his travels, Wilson encounters a diverse cast of characters, each leaving a mark on his life, and the characterization skill of the author brings the true heart of every person to life. Overall, A Boy Who Loved Me is a powerful and moving memoir that explores themes of identity, love, and the indomitable spirit of the human heart. It's a story that lingers in your thoughts long after you've turned the last page, reminding you of the enduring power of love and the strength to overcome adversity.