I loved that I knew who Gabe was without a doubt. He never once made me feel confused about the identity of the character I was reading. His voice rang so true. Even with his certainty though, he’s very shy about it. This book is more about Gabe dealing with acceptance and about being more open and out.
His public radio program, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, is a huge help in getting Gabe out of his shell. He gets to put himself out there without having to actually be out there before he’s ready. And with his gaining popularity on the program, he starts getting attention from girls, but there’s always also going to be some closed-minded idiots that bring trouble. There’s just a lot to deal with, and it’s never easy, but the point is he’s trying and staying true to himself.
Music plays a HUGE role in this book. It’s almost like another character in the story. Lots of Elvis. And lots of other artists and bands you’re sure to know. I loved that Gabe had a mentor in John, his next door neighbor who used to be a radio DJ. Their relationship was so amazing, half the time I would forget that John was an old man. I guess coolness doesn’t go away with age. :)
Paige, Gabe’s best friend since forever, was exactly what a best friend should be like. Even when things started getting complicated for these two, I didn’t doubt her loyalty once. Gabe’s family took a little more warming up to than the rest of the characters. But Gabe’s revelation hit them hardest. At first, I didn’t think that they’d ever come around, which made me really sad for him.
This is a story that will touch your heart. It’s unique and so well told. Don’t miss out.
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Published by Flux
Pub Date: October 8th 2012
Format: Paperback | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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“This is Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, on community radio 90.3, KZUK. I’m Gabe. Welcome to my show.”
My birth name is Elizabeth, but I’m a guy. Gabe. My parents think I’ve gone crazy and the rest of the world is happy to agree with them, but I know I’m right. I’ve been a boy my whole life.
When you think about it, I’m like a record. Elizabeth is my A side, the song everybody knows, and Gabe is my B side–not heard as often, but just as good.
It’s time to let my B side play.
What Some Friends Had to Say About It…
Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “BMFUG is one of those books I wish could’ve gone on forever.”