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Aaron Garrett is many things in life: he is a son, a friend, a student, and caring boyfriend to his lovely girlfriend Leigh Ann. In these roles, he is kind, hardworking, smart, loving, dedicated, and considerate. At Jefferson High School, he is a leader, a football star, and well-respected by his peers. Aaron’s life is perfectly on track, he is pursuing a college scholarship and hopeful for the future, except for just one thing: Aaron Garrett is gay. When a former child star from Aaron’s small Southern town saturates the national media after making homophobic comments, Aaron’s life is turned upside down as supporters rally around the sentiments. Social media attention begins to swell nationally and locally until it begins to eat away at every part of Aaron’s existence.
This was a really depressing book to read, although written very well at one level the it lacked some character development I would have liked to see at the book drew to a close. At first I was a little put off by the title, but at the same time it was what drew me to the book and intrigued me to want to look beyond the title, seeing that it also obviously had to do with football and homosexuality together.
Yes, this is a story that the plot has been done over and again, but its more than that as well. It captures the feelings of one young mans journey to come out and find acceptance with himself an his peers and God. Take out the peers and you still have a very intriguing book when you toss homosexuality and religion together.
The one thing I really disliked about this book was there was no growth and reflection at the end to show that the characters learned anything about this whole experience, instead it was filled with silence. Which is actually deserved with the way the book ends. Maybe that was the authors point all along.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
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Enjoy an excerpt:
After school, Aaron entered the locker room and dressed for football practice amongst his teammates. Jason was already there, ready for practice. He was the quarterback and a remarkable one at that. Aaron sat on the locker-room bench lacing up his cleats.
“I tried to find you at lunch,” Jason said.
“I was going to come down, but Leigh Ann had to work on some stuff for art class, so I just ate with her while she was finishing up.”
“That’s cool. I’m hanging out with Amy Lawrence tonight. You and Leigh Ann wanna come double date?”
“Can’t tonight. I told Leigh I’d go to church with her for a Bible study.”
Jason laughed. “You’re right—it’s probably better if you don’t come.” Jason began thrusting his groin back and forth. “You know Amy loves big Jay!”
“You’re probably right . . . I think we’ll sit this one out.” Aaron couldn’t help but find Jason’s behavior laughable. “Hey, I thought I saw you on the commercial for the upcoming season of 16 and Pregnant. Congrats, buddy.” Aaron and Jason laughed.
“Don’t worry, brother, I always wrap it before I tap it. You’re just jealous. Too bad Leigh Ann’s so uptight. You must be dying!” Jason said jokingly.
“Man . . . don’t talk about her like that, Jason,” Aaron’s face grew stern.
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