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"Grow And Live Normally" is a clinic in Ecuador that was opened to treat general addictions before moving to what the religious families viewed as the ultimate sin - homosexuality. The center boasts that they alone are able to cure families of this hidden secret inflicting their children. The unfortunate youths are misunderstood in a time when homosexuality was not just fr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 302 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Pen Name Publishing
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Naz (Read Diverse Books)
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review originally published in my blog: http://wp.me/p7a9pe-za

3.5 Stars

At Read Diverse Books, I focus on lifting the voices of as many marginalized groups as possible. I genuinely enjoy this work and will happily do it for as long as I am able. But promoting and uplifting the voices of so many different groups means that sometimes I forget to read the stories that reflect my unique life experiences. In particular, I have neglected to read much gay fiction in 2016.

Reading gay fiction that is writ
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michelle
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
So this book! Man! Where to start?
I was just lucky enough to get an ARC of it.
This book left me speechless! With a sad smile on my face.
Because of the fact that it was written in third person, you just got to know every single character better! With their feelings and thoughts they had. And that was so well done! Sadly I had some struggles with those pov's first but that was because I normally read those typical "I" books.
So we follow some young people who aren't straight. We get t
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Dori Dupré
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a LGBT book before. It has honestly never even crossed my mind to read one and certainly not one that also needed to be translated into English and about something I've never even heard about before.

While this book is about LGBT issues, it is really about a lot more than that. I think to only put this book in that genre is unfair to the totality of the story.

First, it was refreshing to read a novel that debunked certain stereotypes - the main one being that gay culture is mos
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Lauragrrrl
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Mientras escribía la reseña, me he dado cuenta de que es más un 2 en lugar del 2,5 que le di inicialmente.

Un libro que parte de una idea inicial muy novedosa e interesante, pero que en mi caso no ha terminado a convencerme, principalmente, por el estilo de narración.

RESEÑA COMPLETA: http://dedicadoalosdesvelados.blogspo...
Flavia
I am pretty conflicted with this one. It definitely is some much needed representation and discussion done well.
But on the other side I didn't really like reading this and not only because of the subject matter but because the kindle edition has very messed up formatting and the translation isn't really done well. Now I thought this was independently published at first but the Acknowledgments said something different. However the non-American author did a lot of the translation himself which I
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Ivana
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was very lucky to receive this book as an ARC from the author and as a debut he has done wonderfully. You have to go into this knowing that English is not his first language so be fair. It was a tough one to read but also a must. I am very thankful that I was given this opportunity. Thank you Cesar, I'm sorry it took me so long to read and review this but I knew I would have to be prepared for this one and have no distractions to fully appreciate it.

I am so thankful to live in the place and a
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A. Hunt
Feb 16, 2016 added it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to A. by: César L. Baquerizo
A Safe Place With You is a book that truly let's you in to a world unvisited by most. Unless you fit into the category of LGBTQI. I didn't even know there was an "I" to add- so it's true, you learn something new! (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex) Anyway, the author, César L. Baquerizo has done his homework. He's also an open book, sharing the most intricate of experiences in his life, as well as the perspicacity of others.

The story, A Safe Place with You,
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Heytherebooks
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
[I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review]

One human rights issue that I can’t believe we’re still talking about are LGBT rights. To me it’s obvious that people should be able to love whoever they want without being judged by individuals, societies or religious institutions and I can’t believe that this fight wasn’t won hundreds of years ago. Yet suicide rates are higher among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning than the general population,
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Luana
I was sent an eARC from the author for an honest review.

This book was quite an overwhelming read and the reason why it took me so long to write this. It focuses on a time when homosexuality was regarded as a disease and the harsh and cruel ways people attempted to ‘cure it’. What makes this book even harder to read is the fact that it is not merely fictional but based on real clinics that shockingly some are still open to this very day.

Living in a country where LGBTQI rights, gender identity
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Jane
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got an ARC of this book and I was really excited because it was my first one. I'm an avid reader, but usually too lazy to write up reviews or build up a blog or Instagram so I was lucky that the author sent me the book (thanks, Cesar!)

The story immediately caught my eye which is why I wanted to read it and contacted the author. It's an LGBT debut novel about people in conversion therapy in a time when homosexuality was illegal and was actually considered a disease. I've read very few LGBT boo
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Megan
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was truly an amazing story. The story was very serious, emotional, but also inspirational. I was very moved by its message and meaning, he wrote it as so if you were their with Tomàs and the other characters; I really connected to each one of them. It was very well written and each character's story was tragic, but also moving on the ways they had to deal with what they were dealt. this story gives a good prospective of how both sides thought and felt. at times, I was very disgusted and outra ...more
Rebekah Spencer
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So where to start? First I can't believe its taken me this long to review! I've actually had the honor of meeting and getting to know the author of this AMAZING novel. I got to read one of the earlier drafts, and to see its final (English Translated) form now is beautiful.

Throughout reading this novel, I've found that it's truly a story of love, self-discovery, and human acceptance. Or maybe more so about a group of people who dare to live and love their truth through adversity. In these charac
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Max
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Safe Place With You was a serious eye opening experience.Through out my life my knowledge of the LGBTQ+ has progressively gotten more advanced throughout my years.I knew they were treated badly and people were put in hospitals and disowned and shunned by their loved ones but ready this book truly shows you how bad things really were.The book truly shows the way people were treated and opens your eyes to this whole new world.It truly makes you glad that the world were in today is getting better ...more
Jim
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
The harrowing experience of being tossed into an antigay 're-education' camp to remove homosexuality is given a darkly dramatic treatment in Baqerizo's partial roman-a-clef. Spiteful, overtly Catholic and vengeful people, including his family, abuse and abandon Tomas. He finds love, but it's a dangerous hope in this Ecuador version of the fraudulent 'ex-gay therapy' that pervades U.S. communities as well.

While the message is important, it was difficult to endure the religious idiocy
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Scott Thompson
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading allows us to see other lives. It lets us learn about other cultures that are different from our own. But reading also brings humanity closer, because it shows us where we are the same. As an American, I saw where America has gone wrong and were it has done right. As a Christian, I was reminded that the most important thing is love. This books should be read so that we will better know those who are different from us, and so that we will better know ourselves, and how we are all really al ...more
Valona (acourtofbooksandtea)  Shala
The author sent me this book so that I could give a honest review and this is it.
I loved the book.. I loved the characters and the story. What made this book a 4 star instead of 5 is the language was abit weird at times.. And the beginning felt abit like a history lesson at school and I also think the end part was abit to long. This book is about a theme I have never read about before and I admit it was a bit difficult to get into in the beginning but once I got into it.. It sucked me in. I wil
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Aaron
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a stunning story with well-buildt characters :)
It's a story that hooked me since the beginning and made my feelings go through a lot of emotions, the one that keeps remaining is desperation because I know that stories like these, keep happeing nowadays in some places.

Thank you César for the ARC two years ago, I'm totally sure that one day soon I'll buy your book :)
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I'm going to put this book down because I'm finding myself skimming it at this point and I don't think it's fair for me to not take everything in then rate it poorly at the end after not giving it my full attention.

I was really looking forward to reading this book. It's set in Ecuador (I've never read anything set there before) and focuses on a clinic that 'cures' homosexuality. I've never read about clinics like this outside the UK or US so I was interested to see another country's
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