I found this book to be a very compelling and honest memoir about a fanboy navigating a female-dominated fandom and finding himself to be horribly misunderstood. This book really captures both the wonderful and the terrifying aspects that comes with participating in a fandom. A fandom has the power to enhance your life and your experiences with the object of your affection. But it also has the power to destroy you when it becomes a hive mind and people start taking quotes out of context and twisting them for their own satisfaction. Of course, in this case, it has to do with the knee-jerk reaction of having a 40-something male in a fandom centered around teenage boy idols. Because if a man has an interest in teenage boys, then it MUST be for sexual reasons, right? Even some of the reviews you see here show the hive mind in action when it's obvious that they haven't even bothered to read this book.
While his experiences had nothing to do with misandry (which is something that doesn't even exist) or homophobia, it is still very unfortunate that so many people thought the very worst about his intentions. To this day they still believe he's a pedophile and a child predator. I know most people won't read this review, but to those out there that think Marcus is a horrible person, I beg them to read this book for the real reasons behind his love for the idol boys. It truly is an entertaining and thought-provoking piece. This book takes the readers on an incredible journey with an addictive writing style that makes it difficult to put the book down.
I look forward to reading Mr. Herzig's upcoming works.