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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
My Razzle Dazzle: An Outsider's True Story is a historical fictionalized autobiography written by Todd Peterson. Todd felt like an outsider all through his years growing up in Illinois and Wisconsin. As a child, he was stung by the jeers and rejection of his peers, but in high school, the taunts morphed into the physical, shoves and beatings that made him fear for his safety. It was only when he joined a travelling circus route with an elderly neighbor for the summer before college that he found himself in an environment where he belonged. Everyone in the carny life was different to some extent, and everyone respected each other. This was an exhilarating time for the young man who still had not come to terms with his sexuality and had been horrified to read in a medical manual that preferring one's own gender was a mental illness. When Todd moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a pro roller derby skater, he found his world expanded beyond his wildest fantasies. What follows is his story.
Todd Peterson's fictionalized autobiography, My Razzle Dazzle: An Outsider's True Story is a book I instantly realized I wanted to savor slowly. There was just too much to this engaging and honest account of coming of age under most trying circumstances to do anything else with it. I mourned with Todd when he lost his pal, Princess, the being who taught him love, and marveled as he escaped to join the circus and finally found a place where he felt like he belonged. Then there were his accounts of his early, heady days on the west coast and finding Kevin who changed his life. I found myself pausing in my reading and Googling San Francisco history and the people and places Peterson mentions in this exceptionally fine first-hand account. So My Razzle Dazzle became in a way an interactive experience for me, and a truly joyful one at that. Peterson is a marvelous writer; his style is wry and conversational and filled with images, sounds and feelings. His transitions from memories to present day are smooth and assured, and I began to look forward to hearing the mature Todd's voice even as I was reveling in the younger man's adventures. This self-acknowledged outsider has written a superb and moving coming of age memoir, and it's most highly recommended.