Does it bother you that you’re partly a boy?: Real Easy audiobook review

Real Easy, Marie Rutkoski
historical fiction (1990s), mystery, slice of life
320 pages, published January 18th 2022

I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my honest opinion.

Well I loved THE MIDNIGHT LIE by Marie Rutkoski and this book has an intersex main character (it sounds like she has XXY chromosomes and she refers to her variation as “her syndrome” and is super embarrassed about it, but it is the 90s and I was personally not around to bake her a cake about it!) so obviously I HAD to read this. It’s absolutely incredible as a book; it’s gritty but also full of heart, it’s queer, it’s about dancers at a strip club, there’s cute kids in it who are written well. It’s ALSO a murder mystery! It’s literally all my favorite things wrapped up in a book!

HOWEVER. I don’t think you should read this on audiobook. This is a many-multiple perspectives book, and I think that it would be a lot easier to follow were it not on audiobook. I feel like at some point I stopped paying attention for thirty seconds and I lost the thread of it, and I, personally, just would have preferred to read this via print. The narrator is excellent, but she _is _the same narrator for all of the perspectives, so that didn’t help me get back into it. I ended up re-listening to a big chunk of it, which was frustrating, but this is almost certainly my problem and not something you’re likely to encounter if you read it As A Book. I think I will probably check it out of the library in print and re-read it later this year!

REAL EASY gets 4.5 stars from me. Here’s the Storygraph link, and the Bookshop link.

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