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Both Sides of the Fence by Faze
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Nov 13, 11

Read in November, 2011

Both Sides of the Fence is a story of a man in transition. As the main character Corey goes from young and carefree to wise and introspective, his immersion in the gay-world deepens. He teaches the reader what he learns in terms of slang, differences between categories of homosexuality and the variety of social gatherings.

Although the book is told from the Corey's point-of-view, it is safe to assume that Jackie thinks Corey's lack of interest is initially due to him being in a funk. This is partially true. He's in a funk due to the double life he can barely maintain. Corey's lack of interest in Jackie comes from his desire for men. His relationship with Jackie gets more complicated with the birth of their child - a boy.

If Both Sides of the Fence was meant to b a cautionary tale to women who are in love with men living "on the down low", it's close to winning. If Both Sides of the Fence was meant to be a cautionary tale of how molestation could lead to sexual confusion in a young man, the book does not efficiently deal with how the damage was done.

This book would also higher in quality if edited properly. There were plenty of times where I had to read and re-read passages of dialogue because the conversation between two characters were squeezed into the same paragraph. I simply didn't know how was saying what. There were also multiple grammatical errors that slowed to the ease of reading as I had to figure out what was trying to be conveyed. Also, there was a time or two where things were being attributed to the wrong character, which was a nightmare to sort out.

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