Caught in the Act: A Memoir by Courtney Act

Bolinda Audio. Jul. 2022. 10:19 hrs. ISBN 9781038617606. $24.99. MEMOIR
Jenek’s cheeky debut memoir details his journey from growing up in Brisbane, Australia, to his transformation into the fabulous drag queen Courtney Act. Narrating his own work, Jenek’s voice is effervescent—full of warmth, wonder, and devil-may-care sauciness. He describes his comfortable childhood home in the suburbs, nurtured by loving and supportive parents, but knowing even from a young age that he didn’t fit into any pre-cut mold. Jenek gaily relates his many escapades as he explored his sexuality, talents, and passions, from raunchy sexual encounters to appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race and the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother. This engrossing memoir isn’t all fun and games, however. Jenek also candidly shares his life’s struggles, from addiction to agonizing over coming out to friends, family, and even himself. Listeners will appreciate the illuminating and sensitively told “Courtney Facts” sections that break down the true meaning behind gender and sexuality terminology.
VERDICT Although Jenek’s frank discussions of sex and drug use may not appeal to all, this outrageous and affecting memoir is a must-listen. Purchase multiple copies and share widely; this delicious audio treat will not disappoint.
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