Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thinking Straight

By Robin Reardon

Taylor's a junior in High School, and he's figured out that since he's Gay, God must have wanted him to be that way. He's crushing on a guy in his school, Will, and the feeling is mutual.

But Taylor's parents have a different view on it, and when they discover that their son is "confused" about his sexuality, they pack him off to a Christian rehab center called "Straight to God."

It's kind of a prison, specializing in ridding teenagers of their sins - drugs, violence, being attracted to other boys...

Taylor is constantly watched and has no privacy, and figures he has to play along with the reprogramming to survive. Or does he?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite books of my recent "Gay Teen Novel" reading glut. Though I'm not exactly sure I can explain why.... I love the characterization, the dialogue is smooth (one of my biggest pet peeves) and the story is engrossing.

On the other hand, the plot has a somewhat unbelievable climax. Satisfyingly shocking, though. And I liked that everything is not settled perfectly for the main characters, even though it's a happy ending.

What would I want to know before I read this novel? You will come out of it conversant in pro-homosexual bible passages if you read it. A very well-defined argument for accepting homosexuality in Christianity, and wrapped in an entertaining package. This isn't a traditional romance, but there are romance elements.