Drive By Review: Diary of a Love Struck Gay Teen

Hello Followers! I hope and pray that all is well with each and every one of you. Today I’d like to bring you another Drive By Review of a book called “Diary of a Love Struck Gay Teen” written by one Mr. Boinelo Direko.

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Diary of a Love Struck Gay Teen

By

Bionelo Direko

Free at Smashwords

I found the premise of this book highly intriguing and so I opted to give it a shot.

Here is the Blurb:

Take a journey of heartache, passion, and lust through the eyes of a teenager. Explore what it really means to be gay, out of the closet, and struck by Cupid’s arrow.

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What really caught my attention about this piece was the following:

The author is a fun, young 17 year old high school student. He is living in a relatively small town called Thaba’Nchu in Free State, South Africa. The author enjoys reading and hanging out with friends in his spare time.

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I thought to myself, this is going to be a very interesting read for many reasons:

  1. It was written by a relatively young person.
  2. I have no idea what challenges the Gay Community faces in South Africa, if any. I would be incredibly eye opening to see life through their eyes.
  3. I surmised that the fact that this book is written in “Diary” style would make for a very eye opening, in depth look at what life is like for a gay teen in a country that I know little about.
  4. I know, first hand, the innumerable obstacles of being a gay teenager and I was interested in seeing how the author portrayed his struggle.

Let me assure you that I wasn’t completely wrong.

This book is written in the form of personal journal entries of a gay teenager whom is enraptured by another boy. Names are never mentioned, but rather the author refers to himself personally, and to the other boy in pronouns.

I could see and feel the conflict as it pertained to the main character’s desire for this other boy, and how he knew that the love he yearned for was unattainable, let alone reciprocated.

I suppose the only thing that I had any difficulty with was the very last entry. It completely threw me off. He went from being totally enamored with this other boy, to a sudden burst of anger.

Truthfully, for a 17 year old author, I think he did a good job. However, in the attempt to help a young author grow, I would like to offer some suggestions.

  1. Perhaps using proper English as opposed to slang would be best for the reading audience as not everyone knows slang.
  2. Also, tiding up the interior of the story so as to give it an overall polished and professional look would be great.
  3. I believe that a small “Introduction”would have been an enormous tool in assisting the reading audience in keeping up with the occurrences. Perhaps even a small introduction prior to each entry. Like, a day and time, or a small description to what things happened that day which led to that independent entry.
  4. Try being a little more colorful with your language usage by possibly replacing some foul language with other descriptive words. While foul language in a written work isn’t  a no-no, per se, sometimes readers prefer a richer vocabulary.

Apart from those things, I enjoyed this book. My actually rating is 3.5 stars. However, on Smashwords I will round it off to 3 stars since it’s not quite a 4.

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