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The Sacrifices We Make

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Adam Jameson has always felt like an outsider in his own home, where his parents’ constant efforts to instill religious fervor have instead filled him with fear. Most of the time, he just wants to stay out of everybody’s way. But when Adam is forced to volunteer at a homeless shelter his senior year in high school, everything changes.
ebook, 190 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 2nd 2013)
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THE SACRIFICES WE MAKE really brings to light some of the harsh realities that young, gay teens have to face.

Adam grew up in a very religious setting, which is perfectly fine, but his family went into the realm of hatred, ignorance and intolerance of anything that went against their very strict belief system. Adam was getting to an age where he was starting to form his own beliefs and thoughts about life and what is right and wrong. Fortunately, he saw through their hypocrisy and chose a differe
A Girl Has No Name
3.5 stars rounded up to 4!

I've been looking for an m/m romance with an homeless MC for quite a while now and when I read the blurb for this story I decided to give it a try. I hadn't heard of the author before and I started reading this story without great expectations, but I have been positively surprised.

Adam is growing up in an extremely religious family and he feels like an outsider in his own family. While he doesn't openly oppose the believes of his parents, he isn't willing to agree on e
Well...I don't really have a lot of good to say about this book. It's chockful of simplistic writing, telling rather than showing, and stiff characters that had no depths and became caricatures rather than actual people.

I can see where this is supposed to be a book that tries very hard to become something geared towards LGBT Youth, but it fails to deliver on that promise. The harsh, super extreme religious themes, with the strict upbringing Adam has, ticked me off from the start. While it's cer
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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"He had to laugh at the irony, though. His bible-thumping, conservative, Christian mother had essentially given him the last piece of information he needed to confirm his status as gay. She told him everything he needed to know about being in love, not knowing she was sending him straight into the arms of another man."

Adam Jameson is a seventeen-year-old boy, originating from northern Alabama, who is the product of an ultra-conservative
Trisha Harrington
This was definitely a very nice book. I really loved both characters, especially Mickey. The fact this book was relatively easy on the couple was nice. Now, make no mistakes, there were some serious issues tackled in this book. But when it came to the couple, there was no huge drama between them. No breakup's. Nothing.

Adam's family, however, caused a lot of problems. They were not the type of people I would like to be around. His father was a characters I wanted to slap more than once. He was no
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet book wich starts a bit stiff and gets better as it goes on. Being thrown out by your family is not a christian thing and it hurts. The writer did a good job of looking at who does the right things when it's important and who doesn't. I think that Mr Austo Hungarian did a great review so look at his.

Stilted dialogue, lack of chemistry in the MC's relationship, and little depth to the characterisations.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Adam comes from a rigidly religious, nearly puritanical family, and by extension, community. He attends a private religious school where he feels like an outsider. He can’t even look forward to college because it will be a similar religiously ingrained population. Part of his family’s requirements is that he volunteer in the community. Adam, for what seems like the first time, is exposed to people who think of things other than the hard-line religious dogma spouted by Adam’s father and the churc ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it

I liked this story well enough, but it didn't blow me away. I liked the message it was telling, being raised in an extremely religious family, homelessness, coming out...they are important themes, but everything seemed too neat in this book for my liking. It was an enjoyable read I just felt it had the potential to be so much more. Everything concluded a little easily, each obstacle overcome with convenient quickness.

Hmmm, yeah. I think I just expected more from the potential that is here.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: pdf, mm, ya, contemporary
The first chapter of this book just made me cringe - so much so that I almost didn't read any more. I can't imagine that any teenagers actually talk this way. The dialogue was making my ears bleed. Thank goodness the story picks up after Adam starts working at the homeless shelter. I felt bad for all the kids in this book. Honestly this type of parenting to me is on the edge of abusive - and perhaps WAY over the line. I understand wanting to teach children right from wrong but the lack of love a ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was sweet. A good read. Just think it wrapped up too early. There was no mention of them finishing high school, I don't think, but Mickey was applying for nursing school. I liked that it wasn't full of sex. I absolutely hated the mother!! That was NOT submission, that was being a doormat and allowing someone to brush their feet on you! I loved the brother and how he told him he would always make it possible to find him. I kept expecting something bad to happen, but it didn't. For that I'm gra ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lgbt
Mickey is a young gay man who was kicked out of his home by his parents and who is living on the streets. Adam lives at home with his sister and fanatically religious, judgmental parents. When Adam starts to volunteer at a local homeless shelter he meets Mickey.

This is a beautifully written book about two courageous young men who meet and fall in love. It's about the chances they take to start a budding relationship and ultimately the sacrifices they both make to be true to themselves and find
I liked this book. I liked the premise, the characters, etc; but I didn't like the pace of the book, nor how it develops. The paradigm shift that one MC experiences happens - literally - overnight. Whilst this is theoretically possible I guess, I've never heard of it happening that quick! The same with the initial draw between the two MCs - it is just so fast. It makes the story feel somewhat unrealistic and this brought it all down a bit, which was a huge shame. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyabl ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya-na
3.25* enjoyable story though the characterizations were a little one dimensional. If you were religious you were "bad" and everyone else was "good". Dialogue was a little stilted and was not age appropriate--not many 17 year olds speak the way the two mc's did. Having said that, I enjoyed the story and would read another book by this author.
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