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Children's LiteratureBilly Merrell is only 21, yet his poetry memoir reveals both talent and experiences beyond many older people. The prose poems read more like a life story rather than a poetry collection. His use of language and wonderfully textured phrases pull the reader in, even those not necessarily inclined towards poetry. The first section is a collection of poems relating to Billy's childhood and family; the remainder of the book focuses primarily on his coming out and various relationships during high school and college. This book is not only a valuable resource for the teenager interested in poetry, it also is an honest portrayal of a teenager who, while not dealing with any homophobia, still has the usual troubles with relationships, be they same-sex or heterosexual. His imagery and language ranges from the ethereal to the gritty, making this a worthwhile read. 2003, Push, Ages 12 up.
— Amie Rose Rotruck