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Pub Date 14 May 2024 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2024
W. W. Norton & Company | Norton Young Readers

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This final, essential chapter in Rex Ogle’s memoir trilogy recounts being forced from his home and living on the streets after his conservative father discovered he was gay.

When Rex was outed the summer after he graduated high school, his father gave him a choice: he could stay at home, find a girlfriend, and attend church twice a week, or he could be gay—and leave. Rex left, driving toward the only other gay man he knew and a toxic relationship that would ultimately leave him homeless and desperate on the streets of New Orleans.

Here, Rex tells the story of his coming out and his father’s rejection of his identity, navigating abuse and survival on the streets. Road Home is a devastating and incandescent reflection on Rex’s hunger—for food, for love, and for a place to call home—completing the trilogy of memoirs that began with the award-winning Free Lunch.

About the Author: Rex Ogle is the author of Free Lunch, which won the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; Abuela, Don't Forget Me, a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; and Punching Bag, a NYPL Best Book of the Year. 

This final, essential chapter in Rex Ogle’s memoir trilogy recounts being forced from his home and living on the streets after his conservative father discovered he was gay.

When Rex was outed the...

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This was another well written memoir from Rex Ogle about his troubled early life. Road Home follows Rex through coming out, moving states in hopes of a better life, and the tragedy that is homelessness. With people in his life that protect and betray him, young Rex learns how to world kicks those who are already at their lowest.

This was well written - heartbreaking and bleak yet keeps the reader wanting to read on, to know how the author is able to survive the hardships. I read Ogle's 'Punching Bag' a couple of years ago and enjoyed it, and now I'll be seeking to check out Free Lunch to complete the memoir trilogy.

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When a book has the power of recalibrating your empathetic response to human suffering, you know it is one not only worth picking up, but spreading for others to share in the impact. Rex Ogle has accomplished just that in Road Home.

Growing up in Alabama & having a younger brother who is a New Orleans transplant, I related to the places & faces that Ogle generously depicts. Yet there are so many parts that are Ogle’s story to tell. As a reader, you could feel the measure of care, control, ownership, & restraint that he took in gifting others with a peak inside trauma that no young adult should have to endure when coming into their own person. It is exactly this strength that not only helped carry him through that time, but also carries him through a look back that undoubtedly required courage.

No Mushu luck needed to see that this man’s humble talent deserves his flowers. I can think of young — and old — people who will benefit tremendously from this gift & perhaps begin to see that no matter the past (or present) there is life yet left to live.

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This was an exceptional book written with heart and honesty. As painful as it is read, it is a story that needs to be shared as many readers will be, unfortunately, able to relate to Rex's experiences.

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Road Home, the final chapter in Rex Ogle’s memoir series, provides the utmost closure that any reader who has followed Ogle’s story through Free Lunch and Punching Bag could ask for.

I refuse to say that Road Home ends with everything wrapped up perfectly, sealed with a big shiny bow, because the memories shared in this final installment are anything but shiny. However, Ogle reminds us that there is always a glimmer of light, a glimmer of hope, and that is what we must hold on to.

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In the age of book bans and "Don't Say Gay" and all kinds of conservative backlash, these are exactly the kinds of books we need to read. All kids should have access to books like these, because this is real life and real talk and LGBTQIA and questioning teens deserve access to our stories. I appreciate the author's visceral and honest take on his experience as a homeless queer teenager. A recommended read! Thanks for the ARC.

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