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The God Box by Alex Sanchez
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Feb 27, 08

bookshelves: young-adult, banned-books, queer
Read in February, 2008

this is compulsively readable. despite the fact that it is torturous and filled with obvious foreshadowing. my main problem with the book is what i perceive as a disconnect between the author and america's youth. i realize the main character is going through a personal faith crisis. nevertheless, what 17 year old wouldn't use the internet or the library to answer pressing questions? maybe pick up some john shelby spong? perhaps i'm overly critical, considering i was reading the bible critically by the fifth grade (for fun). but, i've read enough "classic" queer novels with tortured protagonists to find it distasteful. regardless of this protagonist's eventual revelations. beyond that, i found much of the plot devices contrived and the writing mediocre. interesting to tackle queers and religion, not well done.
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