Gay raised in the south & religous homes must read
I personal grew up in the South and my father was a Baptist minister. Sara York understands the unspoken rule that a Southern ministers family must po..Show More »rtray the "image of perfection". The second rule is that "parents are always right" and "children are always wrong". Southern culture often places ministers and their families as examples of the "perfect family". Therefore, if you are gay then you must lie or die but never shame the family by telling the truth. That is what this book is about. I personally know how accurate her image is of a Southern ministers family is because I grew-up in such a family. It is what all gay youth should never face.
I love the narrator. Jason Frazier can narrate a phone book and I'd listen to it. He reads with such passion, and gives each character a unique voice ..Show More »when there are multiple characters in a scene so you always know who's speaking. He honestly made this story far more engaging than it otherwise would have been. This is not the kind of book I would probably finish if I'd bought the ebook or paperback edition. It's just unrelenting angst and so much suffering. The 'villains' in this story are almost caricatures. But then, watch or read the news, and people like them actually exist in real life. I think that's part of the reason this story is hard for me. I find real life terrible enough as it is, which is why I prefer stories that offer an escape from the horribleness of reality. You won't get that here. If you're also the type who needs closure, at the end of this audiobook, there is definitely a big, honking TO BE CONTINUED that goes unspoken so be prepared in case you think Jack and Andrew finally get their happily ever after. I hope Jason Frazier narrates the next one if there is another one (which will hopefully be the last). I also hope Jason narrates more audiobooks because he's in my auto-buy list at this point. One of the best narrators I've ever listened to since joining Audible.