Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Book Review: 'Do I Belong' by Alexis King and Sara York
Well known author Sara York lives in the southern United States and is a highly respected creative writer – one who can ‘shift’ from her popular paranormal romances of shifters as well as gay cowboy romances and who knows where else. She penned a very popular series – the Colorado Heart Series – that totaled seven books, each book is stand alone, but the characters migrate through the series so that reading the entire group is the way to go. She has shared Texas romances lately as well as her sports themes, and now she invites Alexis King, who is dedicated to improving the lives of gay youth, to join her in a different subject that should concern everyone – the ‘gay is aberrant and must be fixed/changed’ as the government changes position on the LGBTQ population.
The two authors have closely studied the alternative life style camps and clinics and seem to know the inner aspect of those rather cruel forces well. It is good to have the truths be made into a novel format as that allows the reader to understand and applaud the bravery of the two lads involved in this sensitive story.
The synopsis is as follows – ‘Jason - I have to hide the truth. I can’t let them know. It may not be something others have to fear, but if my dad ever found out, it would be the end for me. I have it all covered, until the big fight breaks. We argue, but not about me being gay, it’s worse. Now they’re sending me away to some camp that will make me obey. That’s where I met Zayn. He changed everything. I’ve got something to live for beyond me. We aren’t in the clear though, and danger lurks around every corner. Zayn - Maybe I’m rough around the edges, but life has been tough. People think they know everything about me, even my mom, but they know nothing. I may do some stuff other’s see as wrong, but I’ve got reasons. When my mom finds out who I am, she can’t stand it and sends me to live with my grandmother who ships me off to camp. But if they wanted to ‘fix’ me, that was the worst place in the world. I found someone who calms the storm. Maybe I’ve found the one, but the deck is stacked against us.’
Fine writing by a new ‘team’ and offering not only an excellent novel, but also a revelation of what is actually happening, especially today. Grady Harp, April 17
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