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Sebastian the Great

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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Inspired by Les Miserables and The Cider House Rules, this serious coming-of-age story of a Jesus loving gay teen athlete will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions— from laughter to crying and back again.

The contemplative author, Scylar Tyberius, has crafted a story so compelling that you will truly understand the harsh reality of teen life once one's sexuality is
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 306 pages
Published September 30th 2011 by Alexander's Phalanx Publishing
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Flora Bateman
This is a coming of age story of an unbelievably perfect boy who discovers as a teen that he is gay and falls in love with a boy who has just moved to the area. We see the inner struggles that he goes thru when he is still trying to admit it to himself and to the boy he is in love with. You also see the reaction of those he later comes out to. Some, those that are closest to him, are very accepting and others not so much. And some are very aggressive and angry as if its their business who he's i ...more
Byron
Sebastian The Great has all the right ingredients. Some great characters, story with some umph.. Morals aplenty and some great usage of the English language to convey the story. The first 1/2 of the book is very much getting to know your characters, setting the story and setting the tone.. The second 1/2 is ALL about the emotional roller coaster that a good story runs with.
My cutting deal for missing the 5th star was the speed at which the book ended I felt that it was all wrapped up to quickly
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Robin
I got swept up in this book. I love how it tells other people that gays are not always the stereotypical flamboyant types we see in the movies. It opens people's eyes & minds. I wanna know more. We never got Rafe's opinion on the big surprise at the end. Live for the lovers, not for the haters. What a great motto to live by. Because it is true, so is the key to happiness. With love you become invisible & really it's all you will ever need in life.
Michelle Mulkern
I think this is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. I loved how the point of view switched around between all of the main characters. I was a little disappointed at the end of the book where we didn't see any other point of view except for Ian's, but I can understand why it was written that way. I really want there to be a second book telling what happens later in their lives.
Brittany
Honestly, I don't know where to begin. Having requested the book through the Goodreads First Reads program after reading the blurb listing the influences of Les Miserables and The Cider House Rules, I am completely aghast. Instead of well-formed literature, Sebastian the Great is a ridiculous story of a "perfect" boy who discovers he's gay. Don't get me wrong, that's a fine storyline, in theory. This particular execution is a marathon away from any type of credibility or realism. Compounded with ...more
April
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

First off, let me start with the positives. I loved the concept of the plot. Also, the author is very descriptive and it's easy to see what is being described and to feel almost as if you are there. Ok, now the negatives. I did not like this book. I didn't give it 1 star because there were portions that kept me entertained and like I said, I like the concept of the plot. However, reading this book was like watching a soap opera on ster
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Erin
I graciously received a signed copy of this book due to first reads giveaway.

I liked this book. It is about a teen boy coming to terms with his sexuality. A couple of things did keep me from rating this higher: I am pretty sure that youth know who they are attracted to before the age of seventeen. I knew I liked boys since first grade, it doesn't take until adulthood for someone to finally be sexually attracted to someone. Also, the teens in this book are all sex-crazed naked lunatics! Where did
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Anna Mayle
I applaud the authors ideals. The thought of a book to break stereotypes and exist without profanity is a wonderful concept. Unfortunately it didn't hold my interest the whole way through. The hints to the missing profanity were too pointed and the main character was quickly built up to be something almost super human, to the point where I can't see how young people could relate to him. That said though, most of the side characters were delightful. The writing style is descriptive and holds the ...more
Erin
I won this book here on GoodReads and it sounded really great. It started off very bizarre, panned out a tiny bit then stayed in fantasy land. If you like a story with a hero that is practically flawless (except for the flaw the author try to demonstrate as a flaw, I don't agree with), then its a great story. But ultimately, it didn't keep my interest for long periods of time and I got bored with how "perfect" Sebastian is in everyone's minds. The family dynamic was whack to say the least. It ki ...more
Doris Bright
This story is about boys finding their sexual preference as they are becoming men. A lot of the story describes the intimate relationships that they have while growing up. I felt more of the story should be on the purpose of why the book was written and not talking about how beautiful and shapely someone is and their extreme desire for that. It also describes the criticisms and hardships of their chosen lifestyle and their mental anquish of dealing with society taboos.
Brenda Cothern
This story is geared to0ward a younger crowd. It tells of a boy who does everything for everyone,is loved by everyone and who falls in love with another boy, prompting him to reveal his sexuality. The fears of a teen at being shunned by those who love him and a strong message of religion and love permeate the story. This would be a good story for gay teens since the messages are strong ones and reinforce that being who you are is okay.
Amanda
I won this book in Goodreads First Reads giveaways. This is about a supposed "perfect" boy finding that he is gay and coming out. It's real life taken a bit top far to the extreme but it gets the job done and was an enjoyable read.
Póilin
This book slightly disturbed me, however i did manage to finish it.
Kasia Hubbard
Aug 19, 2011 Kasia Hubbard marked it as to-read
I won this on Goodreads. I received my copy on August 19.
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Sebastian The Great is Scylar's first novel.

The book is dedicated to those who have taken their own lives out of a sense of desperation that they could never live their lives in peace and harmony with the world.

All proceeds from the sales of Sebastian The Great will be donated to The Trevor Project.

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“Haters and bullies are always cowards, you know. They like to pick on little guys.” 101 likes
“Don't think for one minute that you are any less worthy of love and peace and harmony just because of all the hate spewed by human devils. Because that is what those haters are, you know, devils!” 52 likes
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