Coming out can be awkward enough—let alone coming out in the 1970s, in Ohio, as a Catholic schoolboy. In this fearless and funny true story, the host and founder of the hit podcast RISK! shares all.
From first grade through junior high, twelve-year-old Kevin and his best friend, Ben, were inseparable. But when Kevin divulged his biggest secret, Ben froze him out. The...more
I loved this story! Kevin Allison tells the tale of meeting....and losing....his best friend in school. They were inseparable friends until Kevin divulged he was gay. That revelation of his greatest secret caused a rift between the two former best buddies, ...more
When that is not your personal experience, the pain the writer experiences seems almost trivial or trite. The depth of the recollection of personal experiences is one that leaves me cold, because I have worked so hard to have almost no ...more
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A story of best friends, unrequited love and coming out… kinda. As much as I wanted to be as connected to this story as I was to the others in this short series but I just wasn’t. I’m not sure if it was Kevin’s narrating or the story itself but I just wasn’t into it. I honestly couldn’t even tell you how it ended.I checked out after he invited Ben to work on a song after not speaking to him for ...more
It’s short, though. So for someone interested in trying it, it’s not a huge time investment. Don’t be afraid about giving it a whirl if you think it might be for you. ...more
Like many gays, Allison knew he was gay at a very young age, even before he knew the words to describe his sexuality, or ...more
I a huge fan of the Risk podcast. Kevin Allison is a fantastic host and a wonderful storyteller. Being this glimpse into his formative years was truly a delight,and i look forward to reading the rest of the "This Can't Be Happening" collection.
This was soooo good and so well written. I was totally engaged with the 4 year old Henry, all the way to the very end, with the grown up Henry. This book/story is about two boys who meet in first grade, and become fast friends. They were the strange ones, odd ones, enchanting ones! They loved to listen to records together, and share stories together. The love they share is different from each ones perspective, yet equally strong. No ...more
Growing up gay is a complicated thing. For most of us who experience it, it tends to be solitary and filled with angst. Allison's story conveys that but with a light-hearted persistence that fits the satisfying conclusion. My best friend in high school was like that, and even ran for class president successfully by using similar tactics. We had our fallings out too, though never over this issue. We did not admit to each other that we were gay until years after graduation, but like ...more
I have to say that's extremely young to be so self-aware and so prominent of memories of that nature at that age...not saying that orientation would happen that young for absolutely I believe that it does, but the recollection of it, the awareness of what it is, and the need to act on it at such an age and for the time period...wow, I must truly have been a naive 6-year-old....and 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well...innocence is a very important part ...more
Published by Brilliance Audio in 2018.
Read by the author, Kevin Allison.
Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes.
Kevin and Ben are best friends and have been since first grade. They are both a little different than the other guys. Both are more interested in singing and acting than in sports. Both have active imaginations, a wide-ranging knowledge of movie and Broadway soundtracks and both have quirky senses of humor.
As they go through school together, they have ...more
Coming out can be awkward enough—let alone coming out in the 1970s, in Ohio, as a Catholic schoolboy. In this fearless and funny true story, the host and founder of the hit podcast RISK! shares all. From first grade through junior high, ...more
A walk down memory lane, the author would call reminiscing with his best friend about their years of friendship. And that's what this is. Kevin Allison looks back on how he met his best friend in the 1st grade, and the progression (and regression) of their friendship over the years. Allison explores his own feelings of self-consciousness and the cruelty of the schoolyard for someone who is different, but always in the context of this crucial relationship in his ...more
I really enjoyed this short little memoir. I’m gay and can relate to Kevin’s experiences of being confused about his sexuality. I came out in the 90’s which was a very different era and alternative sexuality’s were a lot more accepted. Kevin’s friendship with Ben is very sweet. I really felt for Kevin, trying to keep his true feelings for Ben a secret. It was heart-breaking when he tells Ben he’s gay and his best friend freezes him out. Two Henrys is fun, ...more
I read this book right after "Identity Thief" (of the same series), which is probably why my rating is as low as it is.
This book was cringe worthy. Not in a bad way, no, not at all. Cringe worthy in the "oh my god, did he really just do that, oh my freaking goodness, I am glad I am not in that situation" way. I need more books that do that to me.
I feel like this book could have been shorter. Even though it's only 30 something pages, it felt much longer. that was a big killer ...more
I liked the descriptions of boys interacting with one another. Boys think and act differently than girls, and it’s interesting to catch glimpses of that.
I liked the humor and pathos that the author had when he described how he discovered that his sexual orientation was different, and that his mom expressed disapproval of his actions. And it is sad how cruel kids can be to one another, especially when someone is different .
And of course I loved the ending. I found it to be ...more
Omg! I loved this story so much and it was mostly because i opted to listen to the free audio vs actually reading it. I almost never like listening to people read but I promise you HEARING it is so special. Besides, if you’re not musically inclined - you may never know what “A walk down memory lane” should sound like. Highly recommend for a swift read/listen if you’re expanding you genre selections to comedy and coming of age.
This is an extremely touching story about a young man's experience coming out, not only to his best friend, but also to himself.
Filled with quirky humor and palpable emotion, this short story is a must read for those dealing with our homophobic society and learning to embrace their sexual identity.