XOXO, Cody: An Opinionated Homosexual's Guide to Self-Love, Relationships, and Tactful Pettiness by Cody Rigsby
My Memoir Era
As I navigate through the pages of 2023, I find myself in what I dub my memoir era. My decision to dive into this book was influenced by my admiration for Cody on Dancing with the Stars. His unique blend of charm and humor intrigued me. While I did appreciate Cody’s narrative, I must admit that my affection for it falls short of adoration. It’s a good read, deserving of three stars, but it didn’t quite capture my heart. Nevertheless, the journey through these pages has gifted me a valuable lesson – the affirmation that embracing my true self is not only acceptable but something to be grateful for.
Whether you’re a devoted Peloton rider or tuned in for Season 30 of Dancing with the Stars in 2021, the name Cody Rigsby likely resonates with you. Recognizable for the perpetual smile on his rides and a knack for offering opinions on contemporary issues, Cody’s multifaceted persona invites curiosity. If you’ve ever pondered the genesis of his involvement with Peloton or are intrigued by facets of his life beyond the limelight, this book beckons your attention. It’s important to note that this review doesn’t delve into the details of Cody’s life but focuses on the writing and flow of his autobiography.
The narrative unfolds as an engaging account of Cody’s tumultuous and uncertain childhood, detailing his journey toward a more promising future. Despite his mother being a central figure in the challenges of his formative years, Cody shares his ongoing efforts to maintain a relationship with her, emphasizing her welfare as a top priority. While the narrative is candid, the writing occasionally seems to scratch the surface, lacking the depth needed to convey the intensity of his traumatic past.
Interspersed with his life story are sections featuring advice presented in a question-and-answer format—an element characteristic of Cody’s social media presence and a recurring theme in one of his Peloton series. However, this format doesn’t seamlessly transition into the novel, presenting a disconnect for some readers. Cody’s evident opinions, boldly declared on the cover, permeate the pages. Despite assurances of non-judgment, there’s a lingering sense of scrutiny. While the writing authentically captures Cody’s voice, at times, it takes on a list-like quality.
Acknowledging room for improvement in the craftsmanship of the writing, the book serves as a backstage pass, offering insights into the person behind the Cody Rigsby persona. If you’re curious about the man beyond the Peloton instructor or seek an easygoing read, clicking the link below will take you on a journey behind the scenes of Cody’s world.