How I Learned to Snap: A Small Town Coming-Out and Coming-of-Age Story

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With bold Southern humor, journalist and performer Kirk Read takes readers on a guided tour of his precocious and courageous adolescence. Recalling his years as an openly gay high school student, Read describes how he navigated the hallways with his sense of humor and dignity intact. He fondly recalls his initiations into sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, as well as his "shy as neon" acts of rabble rousing during high school. How I Learned to Snap is a refreshingly victim-free story in which queer teenagers are ...

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Overview

With bold Southern humor, journalist and performer Kirk Read takes readers on a guided tour of his precocious and courageous adolescence. Recalling his years as an openly gay high school student, Read describes how he navigated the hallways with his sense of humor and dignity intact. He fondly recalls his initiations into sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, as well as his "shy as neon" acts of rabble rousing during high school. How I Learned to Snap is a refreshingly victim-free story in which queer teenagers are creative, resilient, and ultimately heroic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142002995
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,427,112
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk Read is a nationally syndicated journalist and performer whose work has appeared in more than one hundred publications, including Out, Genre, and Christopher Street.

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

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    loves it

    This book was written in such a way that the reader can really connect and become a character. The writing was okay, but the character development Read uses progresses and reaches out to the reader. This book has become part of my growing up and coming of age process, and its message is integral in the creation of an accepting world.

    I think it's important for adolescents to read contemporary coming-of-age books, and this book hits that nail on the head. I think anyon, with an open mind, can enjoy this literature--it truly is a work of art. Beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    boring

    i'm not shallow, but i bought this book b/c the guy on the cover is cute...and i had just come out and needed help and guidance. well, the guy on the cover is not the author. when i saw a picture of the author i was disappointed and i concluded that he was writing the book to make himself feel better about himself and to make me, the reader, think he was some kind of smart ass stud. i did not like it at all. i came out, you came out, people come out everyday and i don't need to hear about how someone else came out and the struggles they went through and about their first sexual experience, unless they are a friend and need to vent. i found it to be self indulgent and it didn't help me. seriously, don't bother. read burroughs or kilmer-purcell or sallinger or carlip. this guy just made me blue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    A Must-Read for any teenager

    The book reveals a truely probable experience for any teenagers--Kirk allows his personal sexuality to be revealed not only to himself but also to the world around him, and is NOT ashamed when exposing his family and friends to the person he is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    HORRIBLE BOOK

    I bought this book thinking it was going to be a great coming of age story,but instead its boring and dull.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    great book

    Kirk Read is perfect at writing what truly comes from his heart. This story of his young life is vivid and just a great thing to read. couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2003

    Small Town Similarties

    This book was really good for me! Being out, in high school, and in a small town it was amzing how well i could realte to the author. I could see my self in this book. That is why i liked it so much. It is not some big huge dramtic story..it was honnest and true to a fault.

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