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The Temptation of Adam

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Adam Hawthorne is fine.

Yeah, his mother left, his older sister went with her, and his dad would rather read Nicholas Sparks novels than talk to him. And yeah, he spends his nights watching self-curated porn video playlists.

But Adam is fine.

When a family friend discovers Adam’s porn addiction, he’s forced to join an addiction support group: the self-proclaimed Knights of Vi
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Sky Pony
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Dave Connis
Aug 03, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi, my name is Dave Connis and I wrote this thing. This little book packs a lot of emotion for me because I've wrestled with being good enough my whole life. I've always felt the broken parts of me more than the good. TOA is a lot of things, a book about addiction, a book about hope, a book about kids attempting to find something greater than themselves, but it was also my attempt (a very very long and work-intensive attempt) at talking myself into believing my brokenness is only one part of me. ...more
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
I really enjoyed this book. I need a day or two to digest before writing the review.
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 “Dez, Dez and more Dez” chanting Stars

I am Sara, and I totally don’t have an addiction to books.

Disclaimer: Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published on November 21st of 2017.

“It’s like… we’re all volcanoes and we wander around engulfing each other in our disasters.”

First, that cover! Oh, sweet babies, it is so aesthetically appealing for my eyes, is simple and it has the great combination of red, white and black.

You asked yourself what captivate
Jay Coles
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM by Dave Connis is just...I am still sobbing and gasping for oxygen. It absolutely took my breath away.

It was adorable, funny, tragic, uplifting, hopeful, and just…everything!

I'm not going to lie though, when I originally saw the blurb for this, I was worried because I didn't think any book could gut me as much as Perks of Being a Wallflower did. I was wrong. 'The Temptation of Adam' sent all those feelings I felt in Perks rushing back, even deeper this time around.

Adam i
Nic Stone
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam Hawthorne has a lot of problems: his mom walked out on his family, his dad is pretty absentee because he spends too much time reading Nicholas Sparks for clues on how to get her back, and he's not very popular with the ladies. That's not to mention his tendency to turn to porn instead of actually dealing with his feelings.

Like many addicts, Adam initially struggles to call a spade a spade, but after an unfortunate false accusation from a girl that almost gets him expelled, he's forced into
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star

When I heard the premise of this book I was like LMAO oh no OH NOOOOOOOO. So how did they find out he's a porn addict? The first few pages of this I was stressed out from the 2nd hand embarrassment. I thought it was going to be an exposed masturbation thing so I was face palming the whole time. That's not what happened. What did happen was also pretty bad though.

Very weird story. I mean he is a porn addict, but still. Adam pretty much uses porn to block himself from thinking as a stress mech
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
I want to thank NetGalley and Sky Pony Press for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review

This is a book that touches on the subject of addictions as a main theme and undoubtedly we need this in more YA books.


3/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.

This book follows Adam, his mother has left recently, his sister went with her and he has stayed with his father who has fallen into a deep depression, which prevents them from havi
Shirley Cuypers
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-beta, ebooks, 2017
Original review

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Sky Pony Press!

"I, Adam Hawthrone, am a hub fineness and solidity."

But is he? The Temptation of Adam tells the story of Adam who’s addicted to porn. His mother and sister left him and his father rather reads Nicholas Sparks than talk to him. But one day he’s caught and is suspended from school. He must go to his chemistry teacher, Mr. Cratcher, and go to addicti
Maria (Big City Bookworm)


*Disclaimer: A copy of The Temptation Of Adam by Dave Connis was provided to me via Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.


What I Liked

The harder topics. The Temptation of Adam deals with a lot of heavy topics, but focuses mainly on addiction to various vices. We have characters who are addicted to drugs, our main character, Adam, who is addicted to porn and other characters whose addictions are in constant change. I feel like a lot of
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hi, my name is Liis and I’m addicted to… hang on!… we’re not here to talk about me. This is all about Adam and the Knights of Vice.

I bet you’re expecting me to use all sorts of sticky (ahem) words in this review but no… minds out of the gutter, because- for me- The Temptation of Adam is one of those YA books that sits up there with The Serpent King by Zentner and I LOVED The Serpent King. Yes, the topics and themes are quite different, but TToA had a different kind of ‘beautiful pain‘ to it… The
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Greyson | Use Your Words
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
This review is going to be a personal one so just a little forewarning.

That homeless feeling that’s been plaguing me starts bubbling in my stomach, and it’s stronger than ever. It’s so strong and overwhelming that I finally think I know what it is. It’s the feeling something’s innately wrong with me. That the deep parts of me aren’t okay. It’s like a tornado of blood, hurt, and nerve is raging in my
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Adam Hawthorne is fine, except when he’s not. After his mother walked out on and took his sister with her, Adam’s father focused all of his energy on getting her back. Adam focused all of his energy on porn. Because it distracted him. Because it made him feel numb. Now, newly suspended from school and with a porn addiction that’s out of control, Adam has been ordered to meet with his nemesis, Mr. Cratcher, every morning for counseling.

Elderly chemistry teacher Colin Cratcher leads an addiction s
Meghan Langevin
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sent-for-review
// I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, this book will be released November 21st 2017 //

I really appreciated the writing in this book, it was intricate and made you really feel what was happening in the story. It's a book about addiction, which isn't a popular topic in YA novels, when really it should be, since addictions also frequently happen to teens. It's a hard topic and it's good that it's being talked about, for people with addictions and people w
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review to come on Books and Ladders as part of the blog tour! ...more
Annette Jordan
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very solid 4.5 stars
This is the story of Adam, and Adam has issues. The most pressing: a three month suspension from school, the most worrying: his escalating addiction to porn, the most upsetting: the fact that his mother left, his sister went with her and he was left alone with his father, which might not be so bad, except that he's kind of oblivious to all the other problems in Adam's life right now.
Adam's teacher and old family friend steps in, and suggests that attending a peer support g
Jennifer Shanahan
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-giveaways
This book was SO amazingly good. I probably don't have enough words to say how incredible it was. I don't know that much about addiction, especially in teenagers, or anyone for that matter, and Mr. Connis handled this delicate topic with amazing honesty, humor and love. I did not expect to love this book so much. Adam is hilarious. Honest, to the point, hiding his feelings about his parents divorce and his sister moving out, and how he relies on porn every day. His punishment for what he did at ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! Just WOW!! I only rate my favorite books a five. I save that for books that stop me in my tracks and impact me emotionally. Those that I know will stay with me long after I have finished reading them. The Temptation of Adam is one of those books. I absolutely loved this book! I am trying to write this review to help readers know what makes this book so good, but using terms like character development and such just does not work. This book holds so much emotion. Yes, they are all character ...more
Yasamin Seifaee
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was beyond my expectation.

I normally don’t pick up contemporary books but what took my attention about this book was its title and I’m so glad to have picked up this book!

The book is about Adam Hawthorne, fighting his addiction. And I recommend this book to everyone specially parents, because they need to know about their children and what they’re going through.

The writing style is simple and easy to follow and it makes you to better understand the characters and their feelings. I coul
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it

Adam's addiction is porn. He wants to live a day when he doesn't think of indulging in his fantasies. And there are other teenagers who are fighting all sorts of addiction. Sounds promising? Yes. There is a teacher with a mysterious past and he understands these teenagers like nobody else. Is he a curious character? Totally.

Here is the but-part:
Although I recognised the potential of the story, I could see that it didn't unfold in an organic fashion. I felt like I was watching a play being enac
Jun 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2017
I don't know. I didn't hate it, but maybe this wasn't the book for me.

There was something I didn't like, but I can't seem to put my finger on it.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arc
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Everyone may be unhappy in their own way, but at least we can all be unhappy together. That way we aren't alone."

The Temptation of Adam was another happy surprise. I thought I would like it but I didn't think I would love and adore it. I fell for these characters and their flaws. I learned about them and myself at the same time. Mr.Connis posed a lot of questions in the book through his writing that I myself was trying to solve along with the characters. He has a knack for words and storytellin
Maddie O.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley.

I thought this was great! It took a bit to get into and connect with the characters but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. I would recommend to anyone who wants realistic but heartfelt YA.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, netgalley-reads
Another YA tackling addictions/diseases laced with philosophical dialogue from whiny teenagers who all sound the same.

Digital copy received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Oct 18, 2017 added it
DNFed at 20%. I think this book is trying too hard to be a John Green book with it's struggling but lovable male protag and TOTALLY NOT A MANIC PIXIE GIRL (but totally a manic pixie girl) love interest. The relationships between the characters feel so inorganic and I'm just not down for this. ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Stories tackling social issues, in this case addiction, are generally not easy. Not easy to write, I presume, as one has to properly handle representation, but also not easy to read, as they can get heavy. This book handles an addiction to porn, of all things, one more prevalent, or rather more recognizable today, with the proliferation of ease-of-access tech. Our main protagonist, Adam, has to deal with such an addiction as well as other mounting problems in his personal and scholastic lives, t ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis was a heartwarming read for me.
The book dives right into the world of addiction and the struggle surrounding it. The writer talks about teenagers from different backgrounds who have different addictions to get rid of.
Of course, the focus is on the protagonist- Adam. A teenager who is dependent on the world of porn to shut out his struggle to deal with his parents' divorce. The novel gradually reveals how abandonment from his father, dear sister and mother-
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would. I knew it was going to be a heavier contemporary and I was sold on the idea of a YA book dealing with porn addiction. I love that tougher and more taboo topics are being discussed in mainstream lit for the appropriate age groups. Sex and porn addiction is rampant among teens today while how much access to the internet they have all the time. This book brings light to it in an extremely relatable and real way. I loved the characters, I loved all ...more
This review first appeared on The Quirky Reader.

The Temptation of Adam is about Adam Hawthorne's fine life. Ever since his mother left, Adam's life began spiralling down. He has to live with his estranged father who would rather read Nicholas Sparks novels than talk to him. His older sister that he admires so much left with his mother. Oh, and he curates porn video playlists and watches them at night. But he's fine.

When a family friend discovers Adam’s porn addiction, he’s forced to
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