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I Used to Think I'd Make a Good Boy by Carol Little
Growing up in Summerside PEI wasn’t easy for author Carol Little. In fact, it was hell. Constant bullying over her boyish looks and the fact that she wasn’t ‘girly’ enough made her teen years almost unbearable. Once she started to question her sexuality, realizing she liked girls more than boys, life was near impossible.
Straightforward and unflinchingly honest, I Used to Think I’d Make a Good Boy takes readers back to Little’s childhood and adolescence, a time when she was trying to find her identity amid bullies and bigots and those who just didn’t get a girl who thought she'd make a good boy.
“Ten things I wish I knew when I was younger” by Carol Little
1. What other people think about you doesn’t matter. At all.
2. High school becomes insignificant the moment you graduate.
3. You have exercise induced asthma (I would have continued with competitive sports had I been diagnosed and treated).
4. You’re not worthless.
5. It’s okay (great even) that you’re attracted to women.
6. You won’t always want to run away or hurt yourself – and it’s okay when you occasionally do.
7. You have a lot of talents and skills.
8. Seek therapy. It sucks, but it’s better than losing 10-15 years of your life.
9. There are a lot of advantages to not fitting in and not being like everybody else.
10. Don’t stay in any relationship you don’t want to – this includes family, friends, and partners.
Carol Little is a novelist and poet, currently living in Prince Edward Island. Her first novel, Hide Your Life Away, was nominated for the 2009 Montaigne Medal, was a winner in the General Fiction category of the 2009 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and a finalist in the 2009 Indie Book Awards. Little received a 2011 Island Literary Award for her feature length screenplay adaptation of her novel Hide Your Life Away. She has had poems printed in publications in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her first collection of poetry, A Study in Love, was published in 2010 and was nominated for a 2011 Golden Crown Literary Society Award, and was shortlisted for a 2012 Island Book Award. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, and the Writers Guild of Canada, she has been invited to read at numerous universities and festivals, including the 2009 Canada Summer Games Artistic Mentor Program. Little is currently working on her MA in English Literature while writing new poems and fiction, and raising 6 year old twin daughters.
Link to Fierce Short: http://fierceinkpress.com/author-and-poet-carol-little-revisits-her-troubled-adolescence-in-support-of-aids-pei/
Link to recent CBC radio interview: http://www.cbc.ca/mainstreetpei/bookauthor/2013/04/26/carol-little---i-used-to-think-id-make-a-good-boy/
Link to my blog (it hasn’t been updated much while I’ve been working on my thesis): http://www.carollittleauthor.blogspot.ca/
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