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Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son | [Lori Duron]

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi".
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, May 2014 - I have been a fan of Lori Duron and her blog, Raising My Rainbow, for a few years now. When I learned that Audible Studios was producing her book based on her blog, I jumped at the chance to review it. Duron’s book (and blog) shares her and her husband’s funny, heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking experiences in raising a gender nonconforming son. C.J., their youngest son, is a boy who prefers stereotypical girl things – girl toys, girl activities, girl clothes. I’m not a parent, but the open and honest way that Duron writes about her family, and in particular C.J., is utterly engaging, and provides excellent advice and life lessons for any human being. Narrated by Duron herself, Raising My Rainbow is full of content that never appeared on her blog – more hilarious C.J. stories, more of her and her husband’s struggles with their parenting decisions, and even a disturbing account of bullying experienced by their older son. This brave memoir teaches that it’s important to fully love the people in your life…no matter what. —Katie, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi".

C.J. is gender variant or gender nonconforming, whichever you prefer. Whatever the term, Lori has a boy who likes girl stuff - really likes girl stuff. He floats on the gender-variation spectrum from super-macho-masculine on the left all the way to super-girly-feminine on the right. He's not all pink and not all blue. He's a muddled mess or a rainbow creation. Lori and her family choose to see the rainbow.

Written in Lori's uniquely witty and warm voice and launched by her incredibly popular blog of the same name, Raising My Rainbow is the unforgettable story of her wonderful family as they navigate the often challenging but never dull privilege of raising a slightly effeminate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son.

©2013 Lori Duron (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 06-19-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 06-19-14 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Loving CJ"

    CJ's mom, Lori Duron, started a blog after many years of trying to understand her son, CJ. Lori needed information, so when she finally started the blog, Raising My Rainbow, numerous answers to her many queries were forthcoming.

    CJ did not conform to being a boy as he was born or as a girl who he emulated, with clothes, toys and friends. CJ wore boy clothes when outside his home but loved to dress up in frilly dresses, high heeled shoes, polished finger nails and carrying a princess doll from the Disney series, one in each hand.

    Lori and her husband had not criticized CJ because of him being different and tried to assimilate his wants and needs as best they could. Lori, who was told by another blogger that CJ would fit into a category known as, gender nonconforming. He wasn't all pink or blue.

    Lori learned this on the blog that she had created on the internet, Raising My Rainbow. CJ is loved for who he is by his dad and brother, Chase, who is all boy.

    The book was an eye-opener for me. I had never believed that men or women chose their sexuality but were born just the way they are. They are unable to change who they are just as I can't change who I am. The book contains some sobering moments but there are also some very funny parts.

    The author, Lori Duron, did a great job narrating the book and gave depth to the character's development. CJ is still young and Lori and her husband will raise their rainbow son who is full of different colors, just for who he is. Lori continues to write on her blog, still having much participation from new and old people to the blog.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine S. Read Fairfax, VA USA 07-07-14
    Catherine S. Read Fairfax, VA USA 07-07-14 Member Since 2010

    A digital media consultant and business strategist. I'm a lifelong lover of books in all forms.

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    If you could sum up Raising My Rainbow in three words, what would they be?

    A must read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is the reality of raising a child who has challenges you didn't expect to confront as a parent. The whole concept of "gender non-conforming children" is so new that even teachers, doctors and counselors who primarily work with children are left at a loss. As a community, people should care about how we are raising every single child. Children should be supported in who they are and professionals who work with them should recognize protecting children in their care and keeping them safe is a primary responsibility. This story also shows the limits of friendship and how crushing it can be to find out the people you believed would love you no matter what - don't.


    Which character – as performed by Lori Duron – was your favorite?

    Lori really makes her son CJ come alive. He is very real to me in her telling of how he sees and interacts with the world.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was. It's a journey of discovery and I wanted to know how it would turn out for this family. I respect that Lori wanted to read her book herself because the stories of her children, husband, brother, parents and in-laws are so deeply personal. She may not be a professional narrator, but she did a great job and the authenticity comes through.


    Any additional comments?

    The bonus interview at the end of the book with Lori Duron was excellent. It made me glad I chose the audiobook instead of the hardcopy. I also appreciated knowing this was CJ's mother talking directly to me and this was all very very real.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephany 06-22-14
    Stephany 06-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Thought provoking!"
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    Lori Duron gives us a little snip of a day in her life. I like that the author was also the narrator and wish more would do the same. I knew a little of the story from articles seen online or on TV but it was good to see it from the families perspective. I've even visited the blog to find out how this family is doing. Absolutely LOVE her Mom! Her willingness to love unconditionally is a lesson we all could learn.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 07-16-14
    Emily 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Must Read for All Involved in Raising Children"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely would recommend this audiobook to a friend; particularly to my mom friends.


    What other book might you compare Raising My Rainbow to and why?

    There is a need for more books like "Raising my Rainbow" and I am not sure that I have read too many books that compare to it. It is unique and personal. If I had to pick I would say "Bringing up Bebe" would be most similar because it shares a personal adventure to raising children and finding a parenting style that fits your families needs.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a book I could have easily listened to in one sitting. It was interesting and raised questions for myself and my parenting style.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 06-01-14
    Diane United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Recommend"

    I have little to add to the myriad positive reviews (see Amazon) except to say that, unlike several books I have listened to recently, this one was particularly well edited (with the exception of a couple of obvious glitches). The book flowed quickly – the author provides ample detail yet never lingers too long to make a point, a delicate balance that I especially appreciate in audiobooks. I never found myself wishing to fast-forward or take a break. In fact, I listened to this book almost non-stop.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karina K. 11-20-14
    Karina K. 11-20-14
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    "So Great!"
    Where does Raising My Rainbow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Raising My Rainbow to and why?

    None. This was mu first of its kind.


    What about Lori Duron’s performance did you like?

    Yes. Because it`s a story about her life, her emotions were very clear during her narration.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    They have special anniversary Barbies?!!!??! How I did not know that!?


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it. Its great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstin N. Odum 11-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Raising My Rainbow to be better than the print version?

    As a teacher, this topic really spoke to me. I wish all parents would read/listen to this book and come away with a better understanding of what we need to be doing to encourage student's freedom with gender roles and expression.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Chicago, IL, United States 11-17-14
    Timothy Chicago, IL, United States 11-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A fascinating, tocuhing story."

    I prefer non-fiction books. I don't have a child. That being said I really enjoyed this unique book and came away enlightened, educated, and entertained. CJ is very lucky to have such an open-minded family. Every child should have such a supportive group. I'm hoping this book will help other parents in similar situations. I'm pretty sure it will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Boston, MA, United States 11-14-14
    JoAnn Boston, MA, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrific memoir for parents of all children"

    I am an expectant mother and recently my food cravings have turned the tide to an appetite for parenting memoirs. I am voracious for information regarding parenting challenging or non-typical populations in order to guide myself down the daunting task of parental problem-solving in the future. Mrs. Duron's book satiated that need. Yes, the content of the book focuses on raising a simply fabulous gender non-conforming son, but under that heading, she is able to teach valuable lessons about the greater lessons we teach our children: empathy, safety, support, and being true to one's self. I hope I can parent as well as she one day!

    As a frequent audible listener, I LOVE when authors read their own memoirs; however, I also have become used to and spoiled by the professionals. I would not have had anyone else read the book, but perhaps some coaching (e.g., lowering intonation at conclusion of chapter, use of pauses, practicing inflection based on punctuation) would have been helpful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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