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The God Box by Alex   Sanchez
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Dec 30, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: male, glbt, multicultural, romance, politics, religion

** spoiler alert ** Sanchez wrote the book because so many of his fans discuss their sexuality and their spirituality and find it difficult to come to terms with both, so Sanchez wrote the story of Manuel and Paul. In a pretty un-unique story line, a new boy shows up with the confidence to proclaim his homosexuality while Paul, who has been questioning it and trying to seek answers from God, has not, until Manuel helps him "see the light."

By the end, Paul admits it to himself, his family (who sticks up for him at church when the pastor proclaims his stance on creating a GSA at their local school) and to his long-time girlfriend who kind-of knew all along. And of course, there's the scene that turns everything and that's when Manuel and Paul fight and Paul finds out later that Manuel was beat within inches of his life. Priorities shift, he admits his sexuality to everyone, and life moves on, with God.

Not original, but I enjoyed the intersection of religion and homosexuality and I'm sure his fans and students struggling with this will appreciate it.
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