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Trevor leaned back and closed his eyes. “I’m so, so sorry,” he said.
Before Andre could respond, the server returned with their drinks and took their orders. Trevor looked up briefly but didn’t make a move to pick up his cup. Andre took two packets of sugar and dumped them into his tea.
I’ve read several novels now that deal with the conflict between homosexuality and religion, but Anthem is one of my favorites. Although Christianity is an integral part of both heroes’ lives, this is brought across in an understated way that never veers into preachy or moralistic territory, and without resorting to prose littered with quotes from scripture. Faith might be the overriding theme, but the story touches on a whole host of issues—the importance of being truthful with yourself as well as others, and the complexities of love and friendship.
Trevor Davidson has everything going for him. He’s just moved out on his own with three friends, and he’s landed a job as music director at a large Boston church. He has high hopes for marrying his long-term girlfriend and settling into a comfortable, devout lifestyle.
For all of his swagger and coolness, after spending a couple afternoons with David Gandy at the town library, I have to admit that he’s a genuinely nice person. And from the way he avoids talking about all things personal in nature, it’s easy for me to tell that he’s been hurt, maybe ridiculed or isolated or bullied, by others in the past. I figure that it hasn’t been easy for him to be the lone out gay kid at school—so his evasiveness doesn’t shock me too much. But when he lowers the walls he’s built around himself, just enough to let me stick one foot inside, I learn that he’s smart and funny and intuitive, even if he is a bit sarcastic.
For so many young people, coming to terms with being gay involves an agony of shame and confusion. For a Christian, brought up with the unequivocal message that homosexuality is a sin, it can be torment. This is a sensitive subject, no doubt about that, but one I feel to be incredibly important. Mia Kerick certainly hasn’t shied away from it in this story. She tackles the issue head-on, and with a depth of compassion and understanding that impressed me no end.
Sixteen-year-old Anthony Duck-Young Del Vecchio is a nice Catholic boy with a very big problem. It’s not the challenge of fitting in as the lone adopted South Korean in a close-knit family of Italian-Americans. Nor is it being the one introverted son in a family jam-packed with gregarious daughters. Anthony’s problem is far more serious—he is the only gay kid in Our Way, his church’s youth group.
“YOU are going to come and help me at the church tomorrow afternoon, aren’t you, Adam?”
Adam Matthew Jameson swallowed the steak in his mouth and looked at his mother from across the dining room table. Margaret Jameson was a beautiful woman for her age. She was very thin and her features very delicate; her skin was pale, as if she did not spend much time in the sun. Today, her shiny blonde hair was pulled back into a tight bun, and she was wearing a blue floral-print dress that brought out the color in her eyes.
Hello everyone! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I am the author of The Sacrifices We Make This novel is my first venture into the world of publication and I am very proud of it. The YA M/M book was released by Harmony Ink Press on October 3rd. But before I keep talking about me and my book, I want to thank Jamie for allowing me to be here today.
When you make a commitment, when you believe in something with all your heart and soul, you stick with it no matter what. Right? Doing the right thing can be hard. Sometimes, figuring out what the right thing is can be damn near impossible. And that’s how I got into the worst trouble of my life.