Fifteen years ago, I suspect this book would have made a real splash. But in the intervening years, we've read and watched variations on this same story so many times, not to mention stories of far more outlandish gay childhoods of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, that I confess the book didn't strike me as all that fresh.
That said, America's Boy is well-written, sometimes funny, sometimes touching. If you're a fan of memoirs, I'd definitely encourage you to pick up a copy. (And since I dawdled so long in writing this review, I can happily report that it's coming out in paperback in March!)