The God Box
High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his l...more
I started this morning, where I read the note in the front: "To those who believe in a loving God and those who struggle to love themselves." That's all I got, but it had my attention.
The first line of the first chapter did that too: "Sex and religion don't mix," my grandma once told me.
Pablo (err..Paul), our narrator, has a great voice. Okay, he's struggling with something and it makes me want to smack him around sometimes, but he's REAL. He loves...more
ETA On a second reading I found this as emotional as the first.
I love how Manuel explains his thoughts against Pauls thoughts. Maybe because I have no deep religious beliefs this works so well for me.
I still think this kind of book should be part of schools standard reading.
This one was hard to read, because it hit so close to home for me. Actually, my Dad mailed it to me about four months after I'd moved in with my Grandparents - a full year after he'd come out to us. I was actually quite pissed that he'd sent me the book, because I wasn't mad at him for being gay. I was mad at him for pretending to be straight. I just didn't know how to tell him that. That was June of 2011.
So I picked up this book rather reluctantly after it had sat, not-quite-forgotten on m...more
"The God Box" is loaded with challenges- Can you test god? Can you test your faith? Can you test what's in your heart and learn to be honest with yourself- regardless of what others think?
Now, I titled this "coming from an outsider" because I'm just an avid...more
This is not a book I would have ever selected for myself. While I read a lot of books with an LGBT element, I am not fond of books with a major religious theme. However, a friend of mine said this was one of his favorite books and since he has read some of my favorites and liked them a lot I decided to give it a shot.
I should be clear when describing my reactions that I am an atheist. I have no problem with religion itself as it applies to peopl...more
High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet he says he's also a committed Christian. Talking to Manuel makes Paul reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and list...more
When a transfer student named Manuel arrives at their high school, he threatens to completely derail Paul’s “on-track...more
There is more scripture quoted in this book than a church pamphlet on Sunday morning. Manual is a newcomer to an ultra-conservative school and openly admits he is gay. The majority of his classmates, as well as many teachers, are just as openly anti-gay. Both sides are usi...more
The story is brilliant and wonderfully written but what I absolutely loved was how Alex Sanchez addressed and challenged pretty much every Bible passage that appears to condemn homosexuality, and especially those that the Church and certain Christian groups use a...more
Paul is the perfect teenager: a beloved son, an attentive boyfriend, a good friend, he is perfect in anything he wants to achieve. But I felt something uneasy in Paul, a drive to be accepted that is almost unhealthy: Paul is a latino american, but when he moved to Texas with his parents, he was the odd kid out and the only to accept him was Angie, a kid his same age who...more
I wish I was much more familiar with the bible so I could form my own opinions on what the big book has to say on the issues the char...more
This is a heart tugging story of the struggle one young man suffers as his religion runs counter to his being.
There is so much to love about this book. The story is well thought out, the main characters are captivating. The only complaint, and perhaps its because I'm a bit too jaded, is that the big plot twist seemed more expected and not surprising.
I love that these characters aren't the typical, white teen boys who seem to populate so much YA gay fiction. Th...more
if you are of age of 12 and very very into religious this book is for you, otherwise
this book is as painful to read as getting a freaking cavity in your wisdom tooth.
the terms of endearment through the book are more painful than drilling out that cavity without novacaine.
mr. sanchez drags and drags the same religious subject and well know theme over and over again like
an insane merry go around ride sans an operator that is willing to stop this sick and redundanted ride.
this book was classifie...more
When I started reading this book again (a few hours ago) I couldn't quite see why I had loved it so much. I still liked it, but I wasn't planning on giving it 5 stars.
And then I kept reading. And reading, and finally I just thought, "oh, that's why".
This is a beautiful book and it doesn't m...more
This is an anguished and moving account of a modern problem that is of acute interest to today’s youth. It deals with the topics of religion, sexuality and bullying with sensitivity and truly accurate characterization. The reader is plunged headlong into the life of one con...more
Usually when I review things I pick out the positives first, and then the negatives, but I’m going to flip it around today. Let’s get a few things out of the way first. From a writer’s point of view, the first few cha...more