“Afuera: A Young Latino’s Journey” by Marcelino Rosas is a gripping tale of a gay adolescent's coming of age.
The book is written in the style of an autobiography, and explores many issues that a lot of readers will be able to identify with, and also some that are shocking, titillating and controversial.
It's heartwarming, gut-wrenching and a real page-turner. The story follows Roberto, a young Latino who was brought to the U.S. by his parents when he was a baby. As if the struggles of being undocumented weren't enough, Roberto's home life was complicated by his abusive alcoholic father, submissive mother and the coming to the realization that he wasn't the same as his siblings or classmates.
Roberto has to come to terms with his sexuality and the good and the bad that comes with that as a high school student and star athlete. We follow Roberto through his early experiences learning English, going to charter school without his parents' comprehension, his struggles to make his parents proud through sports, secret locker-room trysts, even some trouble with the INS.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with their own sexuality, or has felt like they didn't belong, or to anyone who knows someone who has had these challenges. It's a tale of struggle and abuse, sexual frustration and conquest; it's about what it means to love yourself & showing love for others.
But most of all, it's a story of hope. I would love to see this book be turned into a movie, as it reads like a perfect movie script. Buy it, read it and share it with your friends!