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Jack Miller has more than he could ask for with Andrew as his boyfriend, but it's being taken away from him and there isn't anything he can do. His father knows he's gay, and his mother wants him to have sex with a girl to make sure he's not mistaken. Andrew Collins has found the perfect home in foster care with Cole and Melinda Kemp, but it won't last. The DA thinks his parents have proven they've changed, but Andrew doesn't believe the change will last. Just when Jack and Andrew think it can't get any worse, it does.

Jack's father sends him to New Life Christian Camp, a program that promises to pray the gay away. But Andrew has it worse, as his father takes out his anger on him, leaving him near death. Both Jack and Andrew are lost to each other, their lives in tatters all because their parents wanted to pray the gay away.

©2014 Sara York (P)2014 Sara York

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Better than the first, Darker as well.

Would you consider the audio edition of Sending Jack off to Jesus to be better than the print version?

I haven't read it only listened so I can't say one way or the other.

What other book might you compare Sending Jack off to Jesus to and why?

Choices by Jamie Mayfield. They both deal with similar situations and content.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say, that would be a spoiler.

If you could rename Sending Jack off to Jesus, what would you call it?

Why do you want to re-name it? It's perfect the way it is.

Any additional comments?

Oddly, this is my favorite book of the 3 thus far. It's disturbing and dark in some places but the strength of character that both Jack and Andrew possess while separated was astonishing considering their age and the dark place they are both in emotionally. While Andrew thinks he finally found some peace with his foster parents, his birth parents manage to convince the judge they've changed, and Andrew pays dearly for the justice systems stupidity. And poor Jack, shipped off to one of those horrid camps where their motto is "we can fix you" well, there wasn't anything wrong with him so all they do is fracture the teenagers psyche, not to mention he has to fend off the advances of one of the employees, a male employee, and they want to try and fix Jack???

Worlds apart, feeling trapped, depressed and utterly alone, both young men hit rock bottom and for a little while at least, it seems like all hope is lost. But like I said, these two young men still have just enough strength left to try and find their way back to each other. The road they have to travel is paved with hatred and ignorance though. Thankfully, one of the adults in their lives finally decides to act like one.

I think what is most appealing to me about this series is the severity and the reality of it. Not to sound like a broken record, but it's a deeply emotional, dark storyline. What these young men go through just because they fell in love with each other is... well, it's horrifying to be honest. But York has this way of just grabbing you and I was so immersed in their story that I felt like I knew them personally. Which only made their pain that much more real to me. As usual though, there is that glimmer of hope in the end that some how, some way, everything will be alright.

Jason Frazier continues to carry the torch as the narrator and let me just say, his best work yet. I was a kind of amazed with his ability to convey the scared, unsure and broken down tone of Andrew and Jack, and yet give them each a different tone so you always knew which character you were with. And then he could flip the switch and become a spawn of satan (Andrew or Jacks sperm donors, take your pick) quickly. The transition from one voice to another, then another, and often several in one scene was flawless.

Definitely a must listen series, or a must read, either way you want to go. But listening to Frazier bring the words York wrote to life, these characters that I'm certain took a lot of her blood, sweat and tears, well that is part of the beauty of this series in my opinion.

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Excellent narrator, incomplete story.

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 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.

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Good teen romance and family drama

Would you listen to Sending Jack off to Jesus again? Why?

Probably not - it's not complex

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sending Jack off to Jesus?

none in particular, but like the previous book it just suddenly stops and you feel it is unfinished. But the next book has not yet been released in audio

Which character – as performed by Jason Frazier – was your favorite?

Jack

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

many

Any additional comments?

As good as the first book, but it would be great if all three were available in one

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Love, love, love!

I liked the second book, i love jack and andrew :) Jason Frazier is a good narrator, he is one of my new favorites. During the sexual type scenes he sounds like he gets into it, sometimes it makes me laugh. If you liked "Pray the gay away" you should like this one too. Ok i'm ready for the third book :)

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Sending Jack off to Jesus, A Southern Thing book 2

This is the second part of a 3 book series. Not a Standalone. And you really need all three books to get the entire, hard to hear, heartbreaking love story of these two Boys, because this book once again is basically a second cliffhanger.
The story is based in a small southern conservative Religious town, with a bunch of Bigots and homophobes, who do everything they can including abuse, to tear these two boys apart. This specific book also contains details of conversion therapy which is really hard to hear/read, knowing that this kind of horrific treatment did/does happen in real life. *This book will make your heart hurt and ache for them*
Jack and Andrew fell in love each other, they are both recently 18 with very religious families. All they want to do is finish school so they can get away and be together. The main flaw in their plan is Jack's youngest brother 8yo Billy, who is very obviously gay as well. Jack is worried that any wrong move he makes will have horrible consequences for Billy, so he is willing to do anything; including going to conversion therapy camp to help avoid his innocent little brother being hurt instead. *Enter heartbreak* Andrew has his own issues with his family he has to deal with while Jack is gone. Jacks mom finally realizes their mistake in sending Jack away to camp, but is it too late for Jack and Andrew..... Both of these boys show such strength in character in this book, just doing what they need to in order to get through it all, while still trying to protect the ones they care about as well.
Audio - Jason is doing a wonderful job with the narration of this series. Although the content was sometimes hard to listen to. He really pulls off the narration for this one making sure his tone, and emotions in his voice was set correctly for each scene and character, and meshed well with how you can tell they all felt during this book.

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TOP THAT (lol)

Wow Wee, talking about an emotional roller coaster and this is only book 2. This book had me thinking about it for days. I wanted to start a book club just to talk about it. I like the narrator, I like the technique he uses for instance if the characters are laughing and talking he does it, if they are breathing heavily and talking, he does it etc. That to me brings more visionary aspects to the book. Thumbs and big toe up lol.

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what you'd expect from the 2nd of a 3 part series

I find it funny that these Christians have no problem with cussing like sailors, but being gay is bad. well the story was good enough many things that happen are unbelievable (not saying it couldn't happen) but I was just a little skeptical about some of the situations. the narrator was great! he didn't just read the sexy parts he brought them to life, I had to turn the volume down on my ear piece cause he was making some very sexual noises and I felt like people could hear haha.

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Loved it.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

my friends don't like MM romance , but I adore it. And my goodread pips also loved it.

What about Jason Frazier’s performance did you like?

This is not just reading , this is a grand performance . He can read anything and I woul love it. I get audibles just to hear him, and if the book is great I'm a happy camper.

Who was the most memorable character of Sending Jack off to Jesus and why?

The main characters and I just love Billy.

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Another thought provoking emotional journey.

I didn't think Sara York could improve on the first book, but she outdid herself with this one. The start of the book has some great moments and funny parts, but the second half delves into a darker world of parents thinking try can literally beat the gay out of someone. While the book is light hearted at times, it definitely drives home a point regarding intolerance and unacceptance that still exists in today's society. I cannot wait to find out how this story unfolds in the next book.

The narrator, Jason Frazier, hits it out of the park once again. His vocal presence adds a deep, human touch to the story, which only helps to drive the story's messages home. His ability to switch between characters while adding a layer of depth to their actions is incomparable and creates an experience you will not soon forget. After listening to most of his audiobook narrations, I am still amazed every time and listen in awe at his talent.