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Diary of a Gay Nerd: Life After Child Abuse, It Gets Better! Paperback – February 2, 2012
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Bravo to Mike for having the courage and tenacity to write this book despite several learning disabilities. It shows his true colors and his underlying persistence of spirit.
I, on the other hand, am related to you. You are my baby brother (by 2 years), I love you and I have always supported and defended you. However, I'm going to have to correct you about many things you've written in your book. You know that since your an infant (you were a preemie, 3 months early) you had serious seizures. Watching you, as you grew up, I used to rationalize your behavior as possibly resulting from your seizures. Beyond that, there were many times when you used "seizures" as an excuse for or to rationalize your behavior. When you were 13-14 you learned that we did not have the same father and that literally put you into a rage. You became increasingly angry towards our mother. At times you physically pushed her as well as pushing our stepfather (at one point resulting in him having a heart attack). You did some very, very odd things. Once, when you were 14 years old, you were asked to take out the trash. You took it out but you never came back. We (and our little sister) went looking for you. After several hours into the night, you called the house to ask to be picked up in Studio City. We lived in Reseda, over 11 miles away. You claimed you did not know how you got to Studio City. Our mother always treated us all with love and care. Our stepfather was strict, but not unusually strict. Our parents struggled to support three kids. When you came home one day, elated about having had a male-male relationship, our stepfather wasn't amused, but his reaction was not abusive. Because you didn't receive the same reactions of elation from your family, it seemed like you began to feel rejected and angry. And you ended up taking out your anger on all of us (mom, dad and our sister). When you were 17 years old (I was 19), your deaf friend became homeless and you asked mom and dad if your friend could come live with us. Mom and dad said "no", and that really got you upset. That's when you shoved and hit our dad. When our dad went into a stress-related heart attack and that is when our mother told you when you had to leave. That was not when you were 15, it's when you were 17. Any times prior to that when you left home, it was of your own choice and you came back. There were many of times when you called me and I came to "rescue" you. I'm sorry that feel your life was terrible when, in fact, it wasn't bad. I truly love you Michel, but I honestly have to say that if any abuse occurred in our household, it emanated from you. I cannot argue about your own perception. What you fail to understand and haven't illustrated in your book, is that your illness (seizures) placed our family under many kinds of stress and our whole family did its best to do what was best for you. I wish you luck, success and many blessings. I really wish I understood why you feel like you were a victim. I don't like that you've slandered us. We did nothing to deserve the accusations you leveled in your book. You are my baby brother and I will always love you. There is so much more I can say, but I've probably said more than enough here, but I want to add that I am not perfect, but at least I face up to my shortcomings and I have no need to fabricate stories or play the "victim" card.
I am a good and longtime friends with Michel's family (his dad and his two sisters), and I know that they're not just nice people ... they're truly awesome people. They dispute everything that Michel has written about his family life. Michel was never "abused" or rejected by his family. In fact, Michel's family suffered abuse at the hands of Michel. I have no doubt that Michel's family could write a much better book about Michel ... only it would be based on truth and not lies. Having read this book and having heard about Michel from his family leaves me with the impression that Michel McDonald is not only a major drama queen, but also a self-centered brat with an exaggerated sense of entitlement, and a child/adult who must have (and will do anything to get) attention.
It's not uncommon for people to write stories or auto-biographies that are total fabrications. As fiction, that should be acceptable. But to lie profusely AND expect your lies to be accepted as truth by your readers is not only unfair, it's devious and despicable.
Michel McDonald says he searched "deep" within himself when he wrote this book. I think that before he did any "deep" searching, he should have established the distinction between his true self and his imaginary self.
Sadly, there is no option less than a "one star" rating for this drivel.