Don’t know anything about street kids, and specifically Montrose street kids in the ’80s? Montrose Texas is one troubled street kid’s story that certainly feels real—and scary. Neglected and abused as a child, and being told he was “no good,” “retarded,” “worthless,” and “abnormal,” Lonnie hit the streets of Montrose at about the age of 13 and grew up real fast. His fellow “abnormal” friends, including some LGBT kids (Lonnie is straight), became a family that looked out for each other since those in authority didn’t. “Those of us who were thrown into the war on the streets to die, or the very few who survived, received…only harsh judgment, ridicule, and seclusion,” he says, “no longer fitting into the society which created us.” Though the book could have benefited from better editing and proofing, it is a harrowing and moving story. Available at amazon.com. —Troy Carrington
Troy Carrington is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.
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