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The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Starred Review. Teacher, freelance writer and first-time author Leleux proves he's already a master of the snappy one-liner and the improbably hilarious in this rollicking, bitter-sweet (emphasis on the bitter) coming-of-age memoir. Featuring a larger-than life mother addicted to shopping and surgical makeovers, Leleux admits to having "tilted" the story so that it "reads better (as in funnier, or happier) than it was lived"; still, it's a rocky trip that obviously required a highly evolved sense of humor to get through (fortunately, Leleux makes himself as big a target as his extravagant mother). Beginning with his father's abandonment when Leleux was 17, the author traces the erratic aftermath in the home of his desperate mom, whose plan to remarry rich leads her to pursue a risky and exorbitant series of surgical enhancements, turning inside-out Leleux's hope that "the end of marriage would be only the beginning of plastic surgery and happy new lives." In the meantime, Robert meets and unexpectedly falls in love with Michael Leleux, learning for the first time that he's gay and, further, that his mom has already known. Not for the timid, this laugh-out-loud tale of dysfunction and discovery is a compulsively readable treat; any fan of Augusten Burroughs or David Sedaris owes it to themselves to pick it up.
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“Winning…sprightly…head tossing, high-strung comedy.” ―The New York Times
“Utterly beguiling…witty, irreverent, a romp on paper.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Wonderful―tender, funny, and intelligent.” ―The Houston Press
“Wickedly funny and tender…ridiculously tasty.” ―The Seattle Times
“For the reader, at least, she will be forever memorable, uniquely, wonderfully, weirdly herself--Jessica Wilson, the mother of a beautiful boy. This hilarious, heartbreaking memoir is a pure joyride for the reader.” ―Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
“[Leleux] displays a nice self-effacing wit, a talent for constructing funny scenes, and a genuinely sweet spirit that engages the reader's sympathy.” ―Booklist
“positive, witty tone” ―Connecticut Post
“a charming account” ―Just Out
“[Leleux's] funny, but poignant tale of growing up gay with a narcissistic, but lovable and witty mother in Petunia, east Texas, is the new must-read... pitch-perfect sentences that are both heartbreaking and laugh out loud funny” ―Washington Blade
“well-wrought... a sweet guy, and he has a nice way with an anecdote.” ―Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
“wittily written, entertaining...refreshingly clear-eyed.” ―Salem Press
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5 Stars. Great read!
And don't be misled that its just another southern story about another southern mama! Because believe me when I tell you you do not have to be southern to appreciate a good divorcee losing her damn mind and her hair! And the story being told from the point of her son who is incredibly in love with her--- flaws and all---is so touching!
I had to put this book down and cackle my head off so many times and wipe tears away before opening back up to start reading again. And if I read it at night I couldn't wait to get up the next morning and get on the phone and laugh all over again talking about it with my sister.
You'll read it and before you finish it you will buy a copy just so you can give it away and have a friend reading and laughing with you!
Leleux, whose book centers around his mother and his partner, accomplishes what many writers, especially young ones, fail to do. He keeps the focus largely on his family and friends, while allowing himself to remain just close enough for inclusion. Leleux has a penchant for creating sentences that start with a fact, add a comment and take another turn for a reaction to the comment. What the reader has, in the final analysis, is a book that shines. His humor radiates throughout and reading this in one sitting is very much suggested.
Like some novels, there are a few too many characters to muddy the waters without adding much heft to the story and if I had one criticism of this book, it would be that. But that's small potatoes compared to an otherwise brilliant endeavor on the part of Robert Leleux. I highly recommend "The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy" and hope he has another book in the works.
I laughed when Jessica prayed for Jesus to smite the cars off the freeways when she was in a hurry. I cried when Robert watched all of his earthly goods ruined in a freak summer downpour. And I wet those aforementioned spanks when Jessica's infected lip implant flew across the room, injuring a small child.
Of course, one of my favorite analogies was when he described his mother's new fake hair as looking and sounding like a yellow pom pom. It was as if he wrote that line with me in mind...
If Texas is this funny--I can't wait for him to write about New York City. This cheerleader gives Beautiful a two-pom-pom cheer!