*I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review*
Page Count: 184
Pub Date: (I’m getting different answers everywhere for this) GR: April 28, 2017 Amazon and NetGalley: Aug 1, 2017
Plot Rating: 1/5
Character Rating: 2/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 2/5
Recommend: Not really
“That’s your parents talking, not you. I don’t know much about religion, but I know what’s natural and what isn’t. You don’t get to choose your sexuality. It chooses you. And why would you go to hell for something you have no control over?”
Negative views on minorities
There’s probably a ton more but those are the ones that popped into my head.
This book. Where do I start? I’m going to say this now, I did not enjoy it. At all. I’m going to keep this spoiler free so anyone can read it that would like it.
This book follows Adam, a boy who has realized that he’s gay while in high school. He keeps it a secret knowing how people are going to react. Until his parents find out about it. This leads them to send him to a camp where he will be “changed.”
I knew that I was going to go into this book very apprehensively. This is a tough topic to write about and I knew it was very unlikely that it would be written well. And I was right. I did not enjoy much about this book. I hated the characters. I hated the choices made.
There were a ton of things in this book that didn’t make me believe what was going on. It seemed semi-realistic. I just didn’t like the fact that I hated just about every character. I think the only characters I liked were Rhonda and Martin.
This book made me so angry at almost everything. Things were said that should have been countered. Characters acted in ways that should have been fought. This topic wasn’t handled well, in my opinion.
Now, I can see why people would enjoy it. This is a very important topic to discuss as it is still happening. I’m glad that someone wrote a book about it and I was able to read it. Even though I wish it was handled differently, I still enjoyed it enough to want to continue reading and finish it. There was even a point where I was about to cry. I had to step away for a minute because it broke my heart. I’m sure there are relatable characters in this book and it was actually pretty diverse.
I do recommend that people read it and form their own opinions on it, but that’s the case with any book. If you’ve read this, let me know and we can discuss it.
I know this wasn’t much of a review but a lot of my thoughts would be spoilery so I tried summing up my thoughts without spoiling anything! I hope you enjoyed it either way.
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