I’ve been toying with the idea if I should review this book all day yesterday because this might end up being a short review. This book is set in the ’80s early ’90s. A period where the LGBT+ community was severely hit with HIV, and there was no cure at the time. So people were dying from it.
You guys know how much I love the pose series on Netflix and to be honest, I don’t know which one they worked on first. What confused me that some characters names were used as on TV and some weren’t, and that didn’t go down too well with me. However, it was well written and realistic. Having said that I wished there were more ballroom scenes in the book.
In my opinion, it lacked detail about the emotions that people in those situations felt and how they were able to stand back on their own two feet and fight back the discrimination for us to have the freedom that we have today. I gave this book three out of five stars.
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
Finally… reveal the book
Girrrl— Before there was Dorian and before there was Hector, there was 1980— the year that things began to change. Diana Ross was pumping on the radio, Angel was sixteen years young and already she felt she was being turned upside down, inside out, boy oh boy, everything was turning around-around. If the seventies were the decade of disco, then the eighties would be what?— the beginning of a new era?—the decade of the sequin? It was the time that Angel the he became Angel the she—even if it was only something felt within the deepest layers of her soul, she knew that it was there, underneath the skin and the bone, as thin as a sheet of silver foil. It’s not that she felt trapped in her boy body. She felt as libre as a paloma on a humid summer night, flying up and around the project buildings of Da Boogie Down. How good it felt to say she!—because she didn’t need to be a woman as much as she needed to have the air of a woman. So when her mother and brother, Miguel, were out of the house to run the weekly errands, Angel would take off her jeans and shave her legs. She stood there naked in front of Mami’s vanity. She tucked her stuff back—up and away with a piece of duct tape—and closed her legs so that they crossed like an X.
When I did my research, some information was not super clear, and I don’t want to write fake or misleading news. I know how hard it is to come out because it took me 13 years to do it myself and when you do it. It changes your life forever. All I’m asking from you is to respect people who come out on social media because homophobia is a killer and it hurts to see and read so much hate.
Anthony Bowens is a professional wrestler, who back in 2017 came as bisexual, now in 2019, he came out again as gay in a YouTube video with his boyfriend Michael Pavano right beside him.
Valentina is an actor and drag performer, who was a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars. In 2019 she played the character of Angel Dumott Schunard in Rent: Live last January. In an interview by Out magazine, Valentina spoke about being non-binary.
The former Major League Soccer player came out as gay together with his boyfriend in a January Instagram post, making him the fifth current or former MLS player to publicly come out as gay. I read about fictional soccer players being gay, glad to see it happening in real life too.
Woody Cook is British model and son of British DJ and record producer Fatboy Slim came out as bisexual in a January interview with the UK’s Boys by Girls magazine.
Ben Platt is an actor and singer, who back in February while in an interview with People Magazine, spoke about being in love with men.
Saying “I’ve been out since I was 12 years old to my family and anyone in my life. I’ve never sort of hidden that or been ashamed by it. It’s just part of me.”
Lilly Singh, a famous Youtuber, came out last February in a casual tweet on her twitter.