What's a sweets-loving young boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the '80s supposed to think when he's diagnosed with type-1 diabetes? That God is punishing him, naturally.
This was, after all, when gay-hating Jesse Helms was his senator, AIDS was still the boogeyman, and no one was saying, "It gets better." And if stealing a copy of a gay porno magazine from the newsagent was a sin, then surely what the men inside were doing to one another was much worse.
Sweet Tooth is Tim Anderson's uproarious memoir of life after his hormones and blood sugar both went berserk at the age of 15. With Morrissey and The Smiths as the soundtrack, Anderson self-deprecatingly recalls love affairs with vests and donuts, first crushes, coming out, and inaugural trips to gay bars. What emerges is the story of a young man trying to build a future that won't involve crippling loneliness or losing a foot to his disease - and maybe even one that, no matter how unpredictable, can still be pretty sweet.
©2014 Tim Anderson (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Oh my god, everyone should read this book, they will find it hilarious. If you're diabetic and/or have been or currently are a young gay boy with no clue, this goes doubly for you!
"Funny Coming of Age Memoir"
I had my eye on this one since it came out. Once I saw a few folks had weighed in on it and liked it, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed the authors style and pace. It's funny and genuine. It brought me back to the same time in my life and had me laughing at the crazy things that all teenagers go through despite our different personal challenges.
Warning, It's not for anyone squeamish about young adult sex!
"Good story, real life happenings, great narrator!"
This is a delightful story about a young man coping with being gay & having type one diabetes. This story spans several years, from middle school through life until post college, so you feel immersed in his life in more ways than one. Regardless of your sexuality, you'll find many things in common with our lead character. Adult "scenes" are handled in an adult manner & there is no profanity or vivid descriptions of those adult situations. The story provides a happy ending - not always common when being gay or have diabetes is concerned! I liked it & recommend it.
"Loved this, kept me laughing."
The funniest thing I've had read to me. I greatly enjoyed everything about this book. The authors humiliation as he delt with the trials of his disease.
Tim of course, but James is great also.
F the test strips!
Listen it's good. My coworkers were thinking I was insane busting out laughing my doing my mindless tasks.
"A Literary Treat"
I fell in love with the character Tim immediately. I regretted the last few chapters, knowing it would end soon. You don't have be gay or have diabetes to appreciate the coming-of-age awkwardness our hero encounters throughout this journey.
"Very Repetitive and No Story"
The story did not make any sense, even from the point of view of the main character. Over and over again he ignored his disease of diabetes. The sarcasm was annoying. Very disappointing. The main character was so self-absorbed. Someone who likes this may enjoy it.
The narrator was okay.
I thought that the story might get to a point but it never did. Just over and over again the cycle of diabetic fallout and then love life daydreams.
"Not quite 4 stars...."
3.5 stars really: A young man's self absorbed journey through gay-ness, onset of juvenile diabetes, and generalized teenaged angst. VERY funny at times, but did become somewhat tedious toward the end as I found myself listening just so I could finish. GREAT narration, though. Five stars and three cheers for the narrator!!
This was such a fun book! I really enjoyed it. Now on to search for more by this author.
"Young gay man with diabetes"
Don't read if young boys wanting to have graphic sex with other boys is not your scene.this poor young man is grappling with his newly found gayness and a severe case of diabetes. I could not finish as I know about diabetes and don't want to know this guys deepest desires. I am not homophobic but this was not entertaining at all.
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