A memoir coming of age book Muchthan just dealing with his gay mom but also a very honest look at his own struggles with identity Sometimes tries too hard to be funny with wacky analogies But a decent book, definitelyhonest than a lot of what is out there. i probably have a biased opinion here, but my bias also probably goes both ways.this book is HILARIOUS at times just like the author , but also seems like its really trying to hard at times just like the author i definitely had some great laughs while reading it, but overall, was just ready for it to be done with i prefer johnson s writing in magazine articles it s really good in small doses just like the author it should be noted, however, that both my mother and i are mentioned in th i probably have a biased opinion here, but my bias also probably goes both ways.this book is HILARIOUS at times just like the author , but also seems like its really trying to hard at times just like the author i definitely had some great laughs while reading it, but overall, was just ready for it to be done with i prefer johnson s writing in magazine articles it s really good in small doses just like the author it should be noted, however, that both my mother and i are mentioned in this book I really appreciated the author s sincerity and honest telling of his story I did not appreciate his sense of humor it was pretty crude and over the top in my opinion I almost gave up on the book several times but I did love the end so I m glad I stuck with it. Coming to terms with a suddenly out gay parent What would you do if a neighbor said your mother was a lesbian Troy broke down and cried He didn t really understand what lesbian or homosexual meant, but he knew something had drastically changed and he had lost his mother Family Outing is Troy s destructive journey away from and circuitous path back to his mother Family and friends distanced themselves from Troy s mother when she came out, and so did Troy He told the family counselor it didn Coming to terms with a suddenly out gay parent What would you do if a neighbor said your mother was a lesbian Troy broke down and cried He didn t really understand what lesbian or homosexual meant, but he knew something had drastically changed and he had lost his mother Family Outing is Troy s destructive journey away from and circuitous path back to his mother Family and friends distanced themselves from Troy s mother when she came out, and so did Troy He told the family counselor it didn t matter as long as his mother was happy, but he lied It did matter It wasn t as hard for Troy as it was for his sister because Kim could seeof herself in our mother, and it sufficiently scared the crap out of her In my case, well thank God it wasn t Dad Troy chronicles his descent into juvenile delinquency, a brief almost acquaintance with LSD, a longstanding love affair with booze, wild parties, and sex and a month long stay on a psych ward with wicked humor, wry observations and a deep and abiding fear of his own sexuality From the moment Tattle Dyke and her daughter, Freckle Spawn, stopped him on his way to school to ask out Troy s mother, Family Outing takes a wild and often painful ride into the destruction and understanding that is Troy Johnson s life I have never laughed so hard or felt so much empathy for a young man s struggle Johnson s observations are irreverent and shocking and honest, demonstrating the impact of society s reactions to homosexuals and how those actions affect them and their families Johnson doesn t spare middle class morality, the government, the religious community or himself as he comes to terms with himself and his mother s choices Family Outing should be required reading for every family in America gay and straight Humorous, well written, and interesting memoir of a guy who is unable to cope with his mother being a lesbian so he becomes a drunk slutty bigot and then has to find his way back from being a total asshole The author is frank and funny, as he describes sleeping around to prove that he wouldn t suddenly activate a gay gene, and he doesn t shy away from presenting his past in an unflattering light A worthy addition to the memoir genre and the field of queerspawn lit. This is an interesting book, about a guy who found out his mom was gay when he was an adolescent He s very funny at times, and the book brings up issues about what it s like to grow up with a gay parent, issues those touchy feely books never get into But the book also drags and is a bit all over the place, focusing less, sometimes, on the mom, andon Troy Overall, a good read Worth picking up. Such lousy cover art for such a gut wrenching, laugh out loud account of being the son of a mother he thought was traditional only to find she s gay Written years after its setting, every detail is remembered, and especially the angst in knowing his mother represents his fiercest ally as well as the most feared parts of himself. Funny and honest Like most teenagers, Troy Johnson was obsessed with sex, but his coming of age took a sharp turn when in the era before Don t Ask, Don t Tell he learned his mother was a lesbian When he found out her secret during a surprise visit from her ex lover his head spun Does that mean Mom cruises schoolyards Does that mean I have the gay gene If I sleep with enough women, will it create an anti gay force field around me With searing wit and candor, FAMILY OUTING details the metamorphosis of an average American kid from mom hating bigot to Pride going breeder, taking head on the politics of sexual identity, the delusions of suburban delinquency, and the salvation of getting a clue You won t find a bowl of Chicken Soup for the Kids of Gays here just the truth, served up with a side of sarcasm and extra laughs a funny queerspawn memoir