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by Martin Moran

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An unpleasant topic written about beautifully. I completely understood his struggle to accept it as a molestation and not something that he was able to give consent for. He was too young to have consent to give. I think that is one of the most intriguing parts of the book. His coming to understand that this was really a big deal and not insignificant and may have affected his self esteem and life overall was inspiring. I didn't pick this book up for a while after I received it. I thought it might be painful or maybe too ugly and upsetting to read about. Truth is, it was not a hard book to read. A coming to acceptance story that any adult who was raped as a child should read. ( )
  bookwormteri | Sep 1, 2016 |
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A thought provoking and engrossing story about a man coming to terms with the sexual abuse he endured as a child. ( )
  Rena_Pendergrass | Aug 4, 2016 |
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I will admit that it took me awhile to get through this book. This had everything to do with the difficult subject and nothing to do with the writing or story. In fact, both of these were quite good. However, I found it all too possible to understand the perspective of Mr. Moran; he is damaged by the sexual relationship that he had as a young boy and feels guilty because the sex was enjoyable. A sure lesson that even things that feel good can be incredibly bad for you. A touching coming to terms. ( )
  dmerrell | Jul 24, 2016 |
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Martin Moran writes of his 3 year sexual abuse from a camp counselor beginning when he was only 12 years old. This memoir is his attempt to understand why he felt guilty at what happened to him, and to learn that the real blame was with Bob, the camp counselor who took advantage of a young, needy, unformed boy. Moran's homosexuality makes it especially hard for him to believe the early traumatic events were the cause of his difficulties as an adult, but through counseling and finally confronting Bob, he begins to understand how his childhood has shaped his life. ( )
  dallenbaugh | Jun 17, 2016 |
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"The Tricky Part" is a very well written true story of a man's coming to terms with sexual abuse that happened between the ages of 12 and 15.

This memoir is very well written, at times heartbreaking, and at times highly humorous, as Martin navigates his life from Catholic childhood to adulthood as a gay man, and dealing with the deep effects that the abuse from a trusted camp counsellor had on him. Throughout his life, he kept telling himself he was fine, as tensions and feelings bubbled beneath the surface.

When he has a breakthrough and finally visits his abuser, Martin is able to come to terms with it all and finally move forward with his beloved partner and keep his past in the past.

I was deeply affected by his writings, and his brutal honesty in describing not only the circumstances of his abuse, but the pain, guilt and suffering he endured simply because, as a child, he was too young to be able to protest, and to understand sexual manipulation.

This was a well written, engrossing book that I have won from the Early Reviewers Group of Library Thing. ( )
  chrisac | Jun 4, 2016 |
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Raised in a loving Catholic family in Denver, Martin Moran was a star student who imagined that he’d one day become a U.S. senator. When he was twelve years old, a camp counselor seduced him, initiating a sexual relationship that would last three years–and haunt Moran’s life for decades. He discovered a passion for acting and built a career that would take him to Broadway, but only when Moran finally tracked down and confronted his abuser thirty years later could he finally forgive himself for someone’s else trespass.

Funny and tender about growing up Catholic and gay, The Tricky Part never oversimplifies either the abuse or the vexing work of recovering from it. This powerful story carries us to the heart of a paradox: that what we think of as damage may be the very thing that gives rise to transformation, even grace.

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Martin Moran's family lived in a Denver neighborhood, but what seemed most central, most important, was that they belonged to Christ the King--the church and school up the hill. And what Martin learned, as a good Catholic boy, was that the Hereafter was what counted; the here--fickle and unreliable--was the problem. Martin's world changed abruptly when, at the age of twelve, a church-camp counselor seduced him. In his memoir Moran takes us deep into the ongoing sexual relationship that followed the seduction, explores its effects upon his adult life, and finally confronts the perpetrator, now an old man in a veterans' hospital. In examining the paradoxes of human relationships, Moran manages to uncover divine grace in the most unlikely forms.--From publisher description.… (more)

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