My Razzle Dazzle: An Outsider’s True Story

October 4, 2015

25662565My Razzle Dazzle: An Outsider’s True story is an autobiography by Todd Peterson. I received this book from the author requesting a review.

Born on a Wisconsin farm in the 60’s Todd slowly realizes he is not like all the other boys he knows. His brothers, friends and the guys are all different from him. It takes him some time to put a name to it. Todd is gay.

When he sees the Roller Derby on tv for the first time, he knows what he wants in life. He has to be a part of this new sport, no matter what happens. Leaving his child home and going to the big city, he grows up against all the evens that happened in the 60’s. The very first gay pride, growing gay rights and finding love for the first time.

Todd never really gets his dream, although he comes very close to it. But being gay in that time was very hard and you had to overcome a lot of difficulties, problems and judgment.

Now I really liked the beginning of the story and it swept me up right away, but just past the middle that is where Todd lost me. Page after page after page of Roller Derby terms, every single little detail has to be on paper. Maybe if you love that sport this is interesting, but for me as someone totally unknown to the sport, it was just boring. I found myself skipping past those parts as fast as I could, hoping for more good stuff to come.

Also it becomes clear that Todd became HIV positive somewhere in all this. But there is no more information on that at all. How did he get sick? What is he doing about it? And why does he go on having unprotected sex even though he knows this might be dangerous to other people? A missed point if you ask me.

I love outsider stories and I truly am rooting for the underdog, but this story just lost me half way through. I didn’t even bother to read the last 50 pages or so, I just wanted it to be over. If you ask me, this book is in dire need of editing, a lot of editing.

The book is for sale at Amazon.

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