🌈 𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬 – 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙬𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 🌈
• 𝑻𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒅𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒍𝒍; 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒓𝒊𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖, 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎-𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒈𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒔 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒔.
𝗦𝘆𝗻𝗼𝗽𝘀𝗶𝘀 – “People don’t just happen,” writes Saeed Jones. “We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The ‘I’ it seems doesn’t exist until we are able to say, ‘I am no longer yours.’”
Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir about a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.
𝗠𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 – Jones’s autobiography was poignant, raw, powerful, honest, emotional, full of love, hate, violence, hope and transformation. It’s an eccentric narrative of all the events that made him what he is today. The story was insightful in many ways, it illuminated on the struggles of black gay people, racism, discrimination, homophobia, struggle of single mother and many more things I never imagined of.
Even tough Jones traveled to lots of cities for his education the core of the story was still same the love of his mother, grandmother and his passion for words.
I didn’t liked the first part as it was more focused on Jones’s sexual experiences only because I’m not a lover of this type of reading. But I really liked the second half of the story tough it was heart wrenching, it showed how beautiful a mother and her child’s relationship is which evolves every day only to find out how magnificent it is.
𝗤𝗢𝗧𝗗 : Are you fan of autobiography?