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Mrs Ewing, Woolmer Hill School

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One of the strengths of this book is in how it puts you in the mind of an anguished American gay teenager. Adam's character is very believable and it was easy to empathize with his struggles.
As you follow Adam through a momentous day you learn about all the ways he has become trapped, first by the expectations of his repressive and deeply religious family who do not know he is gay, then by his longing for a relationship that has come to an end and that is preventing him from committing to his new partner, and finally by his boss who exploits his need to keep his job.
The story is about how Adam finds the power to release himself from these bonds that are preventing him from moving forward and finding fulfillment. He is helped in this by his best friend Angela and their friendship is another strength of the story. In fact the portrayal of the positive relationships between Adam and his boyfriend and between Adam and Angela are very well drawn and highlight the importance of self esteem, honesty and consent in a healthy relationship.
There is also a parallel fantasy story which also has the theme of entrapment and from which escape is only possible with the resolution of unfinished business. It is an intriguing addition to the storyline.

Posted on: 4th April 2018 at 03:19 pm

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