Author: Saeed Jones
Star Rating: 5/5 ⭐️
Goodreads Synopsis: Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.
Review: I didn’t know what to expect going into this, but I’m officially in love with Saeed’s writing style. It was raw, witty, and so relatable. He found a way to retain gorgeous prose while talking about difficult, but beautiful life events. I also experienced adolescence in the Dallas suburbs and struggled with my grandparent’s relationship with religion. I appreciated how honest and open he was about his sexuality without censoring his language. I could feel his confusion during adolescents, his pain of realization, and his final peace with being an adult on his own living his life his way. I definitely recommend this read when you’re in a mood for an emotional, contemplative coming of age story on a dreary afternoon.