This is a memoir about a very interesting tomboy and how she survived in a world that is quite critical of tomboys.
It can be hard for tomboys to thrive in a world that shuns things that thy don’t understand. Ivan Coyote learns how to embrace a tomboy’s identity while carving out a space for those of us who don’t fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels.
This is a great book about gender identities too. And this book is much needed in our world where people are having the courage to be who they are meant to be without being put down by anyone. Coyote shows us how to have a spirit of acceptance and love for everyone.
Coyote writes about his years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult in which he offers advice to young people while seeking guidance from others.
This book honestly and passionately recounts his past as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps his journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don’t quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength.
I believe that this is a book that most teens and adults should read. It is a book that is for our time, and it is a book that will empower individuals who don’t neatly fit into the boxes that our society has created.
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth