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Posted February 3, 2011
Ryan Johnson casts a wide net. Plausibly this book could be titled "The World According to Ryan" or "All That Is Wrong With World". His globe-trotting story of being in the impossible and oft times surreal situation of an American partner in a binational, same sex relationship with the hope of bringing his foreign love to America for a happily-ever after encompasses much that is beyond the scope of the love story itself. Johnson shares his fervently held values and personal thoughts on just about all the pressing political and philosophical issues of our time -- if not all time -- as they relate to human rights issues and -- indeed -- existence itself. Being of the same political and philosophical bent, I appreciated his capacity for compassion and understanding. I particularly related to his quest for the authentic and his appreciation of life as a journey that continually offers opportunity for personal growth and wisdom. Returning to the love story, it is important that more of these stories be told and brave of Johnson to share it. Currently, Americans may think they enjoy freedom but all it takes is falling in love with some one of the same gender from across a U.S. border to realize just how limited our lives can be. Binational same sex relationships are fraught with unnecessary struggles. The matter of choice in love and family is a human right. Presently the American government curtails the pool of potential partners for same sex partners in a way that mix gender couples couldn't possibly imagine. This book should be read by anyone who wants to understand the difficulties -- and the beauty -- of finding love in a foreign land. And the unique complications that ensue for same sex partners.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.