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Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir

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He skins over everything so quickly that it almost like your reading a summary of his life and not an autobiography. At times it feels like he has met or knew nearly everyone in the music business, as well as some celebrities! I would angle for any kind of private aside when I could, desperate to see the friend with whom I had shared those nights in my house. The island’s town, Friday Harbor, was idyllic, affordable, and charming to a family that had been living in a desert sprawl all their lives. To challenge me, my first-grade teacher gave me a copy of A Wrinkle in Time, and I attacked it with a puzzled vigor.

And I was treated like one, getting what I wanted most of the time, whether it was toys, books, or attention. I also identified with his struggles to feel happy even amidst the success and fulfillment he had achieved, as I've been there, too.

I had to lie flat, with my face propped up in my hands as he explained to me concepts that seemed abstract, like how an instrument wasn’t just something that made music. And as he grew into his awkward teenage years, and realized he was gay, he wasn't ready to acknowledge this fact to his parents or those who knew him, but that didn't stop him from dressing and acting flamboyantly. This memoir gives a glance behind the struggle to make it in the music industry with only a dream to guide you. I picture someone with my flaws and oddities ironed out, striding with ease through his normal, quiet life.

Although it isn't a tawdry gay tell-all some would wish for, it certain is a book this generation needs. It would have been a mess, a gory birthday party, with a lot of cleanup involved, not to mention my poor mother would have had to have been put back together. She had long black hair and smoked as she cut, a cigarette clamped between her lips while I sucked on my binky. Once I got some in my eyes and my screams ricocheted around the house; I thought I had mere moments left to live. So this is really a book about how a kid named Jason Sellards, who grew up feeling like an outcast, became the platinum-selling rock star Jake Shears, and hints at why he had to walk away from it all for a while.

He had done well for us, and if there were any stresses of not having enough money, I wasn’t aware of it.

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