We thought he was weird. He thought we were weird. It was great. It was what multiculturalism ought to be.
This book centers around Archer, as he grows from a young boy into a middle school student.
We catch snippets – the best part of each year – as Archer navigates through life.
From making a best girl-space-friend to his grandfather slowly getting older to finding out his uncle likes other men.
“When did you decide to be gay, Uncle Paul?”
“Being gay isn’t a decision. How you live your life is a decision.”
Archer’s favorite student teacher just so happens to be the guy that his uncle likes – but will they get married?
Will Archer even notice that the two like each other (note: he IS exceptionally unobservant!)
All in all – this was a really cute book.
It was very much slice-of-life, so the pacing might seem a bit odd for kids who are used to a “kill the bad guy” or “solve the unsolvable problem” sort of schtick.
This one was very much just checking in on Archer’s life. He was very unobservant but not in a cheesy way. Just in a “well, he’s a kid” sort of way.
Which was fun for me (as the audience) because I could pick out many a thing long before Archer noticed.
And I really, really liked how Uncle Paul’s relationship was portrayed. It was very age-appropriate and extremely normalizing.
I’ve read a few books where the tone is just – there’s a GAY character but EVERYONE’S okay with it because we are INCLUSIVE and ACCEPTING – aka, they just go so over-the-top trying to rank in inclusivity points that it rings false.
This book was (thank goodness) very chill about it – just inserting it into the life, explaining it at a level that was easily understood by children. Two thumbs up for that.
Stay away from people who don’t know who they are but want you to be just like them.