Hung Like a Seahorse A Real-Life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy, and Recovery by Quinn Alexander Fontaine
We each have a story, and we are not our story. So many of us get trapped by thinking we are less than others or unlovable or that we should not be taking up space altogether. This book will remind you that you are here for a reason. Quinn tells about the nitty-gritty of his journey of healing work to recover from childhood trauma and multiple addictions, and his full acceptance of being transgender.
In this book you will:
• Read How Quinn Gets Through the Tough Times
• Gain a Sense of Freedom to Be Who You Truly Are
• Feel Inspired and Encouraged to Shine Your Light More Brightly
• Learn How to Set Yourself Free and Give Others Permission to Do the Same
• Discover Ways to Share Your Beautiful, Ever-Evolving Authentic Self With the World
Continuing my journey towards gaining knowledge and reading more books with LGBTQ+ authors/characters/genres, etc. led me to this book. Quinn tells us his story in self discovery as his body becomes who he has always been.
This book honestly broke my heart a bit at times for a young boy who was trapped in a woman’s body and not able to vocalize and express it. Quinn has had an extremely difficult life (lots of trigger warnings) from sexual abuse as a child (I hope his father is rotting in jail), to growing up in rural Virginia where the words gay, let alone trans were not recognized, to various addictions, rehab, bipolar disorder, and more.
I loved how he was able to seek the help he needed to heal. I highlighted a quote in the book that said “there’s an ‘I’ in illness and a ‘we’ in wellness.” Everybody deserves to find their group of people who love them and support them and let them be who they truly are.
I am a heterosexual cisgender woman, so I do not face the same persecutions and social pressures that many in the LGBTQ+ community face. I have always considered myself an ally and have quite a few LGBTQ+ friends who have all had their own various stories with their identity, but this was wholly enlightening to read Quinn’s story.
My only complaint about the book is that it hopped around A LOT and sometimes got a bit repetitive because it did hop around so much. I think the flow and organization could have been better to prevent this. That being said, Fontaine isn’t a professional writer. He was telling his narrative so I am sure this fit his style best.
If you are interested in this book, it is available on Kindle Unlimited. Quinn is also a stand up comedian, so you can find more of his work on YouTube, just type in his name! If anyone is struggling or going through a hard time, please read this book and know that I am always available to talk. Even if we have never met before or only spoke a few times, feel free to reach out whenever.