Out by Laura Preble
In a society where “perpendiculars,” opposite-sex couples, are forbidden, persecuted, freakish…Chris Bryant, a preacher’s son, finds himself in love…with a girl. Chris has always been faithful to his Anglicant religion – even though he’s never felt like everyone else, never felt…parallel.
And then it happens: he meets her. Carmen. Daughter of one of the leading Perpendicular prosecutors…the girl he knows he can’t live without.
Carmen has always thought the treatment of Perps is barbaric – but to actually be one? To fall in love with Chris and openly admit to it is suicide.
Their only chance to be together is the Underground, a secret society Chris’s sister introduces him to that is determined to mount an attack against the social restrictions of the Anglicant church. They want to make an example of Chris and Carmen, two Perps from high social families, to become the catalyst for an uprising that will threaten the traditions of their society’s families and church.
But the cost of involvement just might be death for them both.
While this title was crowd-funded and published by the author, it's worth noting that Laura has had three novels traditionally published with Penguin/Berkley Jam.
As far as the author's intent with this book, she's a strong ally and advocate for LGBTQ youth, having been a GSA advisor for over 20 years and the proud mother of a gay son. There's an excellent interview with Laura on Catherine Ryan Hyde's blog here where she talks about "Out" and her thoughts behind it, and another interview with The San Diego Union Tribune here.
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