Knockout Queen

I’m lukewarm on Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe. On the one hand, it was an interesting story about a gay teenager whose mother goes to jail and he moves in with his aunt and befriends the girl next door. On the other hand, it was a bit overly detailed for me. Amazon describes it: “With storytelling as intoxicating as it is intelligent, Rufi Thorpe has created a tragic and unflinching portrait of identity, a fascinating examination of our struggles to exist in our bodies, and an excruciatingly beautiful story of two humans aching for connection.” I don’t disagree with this description, but even though it gets rave reviews on Amazon, it wasn’t particularly my favorite.

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