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In sixteen-year-old Mike Hernandezs life, only one thing is clear: Gay is NOT okay. His familys life revolves around the church, a church run by the vocally intolerant Pastor Myers, so Mike has resolved to spend his life in the closet. His only escapebesides the occasional, anonymous gay make-out sessionis his art. He pours his complicated emotions into risqué drawings he ...more
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published June 4th 2018 by 7 Sisters Publishing LLC
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jazmin
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I did really like this book but I'm not a fan of the ending at all ugh
Ulysses Dietz
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There Goes Sunday School
By Alexander C. Eberhart
Seven Sisters Publishing, 2018
Five stars

The flowers are in bright contrast to the dark background.

This line brought tears to my eyes when I read it, and to understand why, you need to read this beautiful novel about a teen boys coming out in a conservative Christian community in todays America. By the time I got to this line, which could seem to be a random bit of description of a hipster coffee shop in Atlanta, Alexander Eberharts careful, deft
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Carra
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I dont read a lot of young adult stories, every now and then one will come along with a blurb enticing enough to pique my interest. That was the case with There Goes Sunday Schoolsomething I was surprised by since I tend to keep away from books where religion plays a significant part. But the premise of this story, and the thought that with the pastors son involved someone might get their due, I didnt want to pass this one up.

If you like books that really show the conflict and confusion of
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Alexander Eberhart
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Michael
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-themed
A solid coming out story set in the south which is really a testament to the strengths and failings of family and friendship. Mike and Chris are unlikely to find happiness in their very religious families and in the Christian school they go to, but they wont let that stop them, will they?

It is well written, with great characters people can relate to and care about. I wanted to see novels written about Jackie and Tanner, the best friends, and of Davy the swimmer/barista.

This takes a potentially
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Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
This read about coming to terms with one's sexuality had me laughing at times and crying at others and boy did I cry!!! The author's writing style had me relating to the storyline and the beautiful characters as the struggles were realistic.

{I requested a copy for reviewing purposes and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions expressed herein are unbiased and my own.}
Bob S.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-ya-m-m
This is a true but tragic depiction of how gay kids, even today, face bigotry and hatred, especially from the so-called Christian community for being who they are and who they love, and how it affects their mental well-being. In the story, Mike sums up the Christian hypocrisy in his face-off with his Christian school principal when he says, Im referring to the very same book that condemns homosexuality in the Bible. They go on to say a whole lot of things are abominations including, eating ...more
NeverTooManyBooks
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I should have hated this book.

I've been known to lament long and loud about books that drag you through all the angst and drama, then fail to reward you with an appropriately solid HEA. And There Goes Sunday School's ending would best be described as hopeful, rather than happily ever after.

And, if the name didn't make it clear, it's about growing up gay in a conservative religious home and community, and my previous experiences in this particular reading sphere have left me wary of dull, heavy
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Francesca
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Powerful coming of age story set in Georgia in the context of some ridiculously oppressive "church". Nicely written I think this book went a long way in faithfully portraying the struggle of young LGBTQ people in usian society burdened not only by (perceived and non) parental expectations but also by yet another made up usian "church".
I believe this is an important book and I do hope it makes its way into the hands of as many young people as possible. My issue, and I mean it is all me - nothing
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Ash Rocketship
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This was a charming enough read with fun, if not particularly complex characters. I think this is probably a book written for the kids and young adults who really need it -- ones who are dealing with similar religious and sexuality conflict -- and is maybe just a little too heavy-handed for the ones that don't. I never had any of that conflict (I mean never, none, absolutely zero) so while I understood and empathized with Mike and Chris' pain and anxiety, it didn't resonate the way I think ...more
Ishaan B
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Though the ending was not exactly ideal nor expected, it was nonetheless an artfully crafted example of Eberharts genius when it comes to evoking the most feeling from the reader. The narration is hilarious and relatable while also tackling huge questions and problems about acceptance and religion and the way the two ideas of sexuality and faith are viewed dangerously when put together. It was an excellent book that perused these issues with an element of care and humor that is unique to this ...more
Aiyana
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A touching -- and somewhat heart-rending -- story about a closeted gay teen and his struggles to survive in a deeply homophobic religious environment. When the startling possibility of love makes its way into his life, his carefully constructed disguise begins to crumble, and he realizes that he can't remain in the closet forever. The protagonist's confusion and fear are all too believable, but so too is his growth as a character, and the story is ultimately one of hope.
Caroline
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW, this book was soooo much more than I expected. It was so full of emotion I was laughing one minute and a sobbing mess the next. This really was a beautiful story of young first love, teenagers trying to be teenagers within a very religiously strict community. The storyline is focused on the emotions of the characters, their psychological challenges, their feels, the result is an amazing book.

Coming to terms with your sexuality is hard for everyone but being gay in a community that refers to
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Andrea
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, so much more than I thought I would. I mean, the blurb was intriguing enough that I knew I would enjoy it, but I wasn't prepared for the easy connection and the emotional roller coaster. I don't often literally LOL when reading many books, but this one definitely had me laughing out loud. I even got choked up at times. I felt the anger and frustration. And I could share in the joys.

Clearly I am not a closeted male teenager, but I have many friends who are LGBT and vividly
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Martina McAtee
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books ever. Even though the book was about a boy coming to terms with his sexuality and faith it was actually so weirdly relat
able. I laughed out loud and sobbed during some points. Such a great book!
Marie (UK)
I didn't think i would enjoy this but I really did. The author has created a really believable storyline with great characters that examines the difficulties with being different. It could apply to many things other than the LGBT dilemma
Mona
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Not bad, but not great either. Somewhat flat characters. I felt like I didn't get to know any of them.
Emma
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pffffffff. Where to start.

The language
It felt like the author tried too hard to relate. Parents were never parents, but rather "parental units" or "parental situations". The characters talked in expressions like they were 50 year-olds.

"I guess that happens when you catch the feels" - SERIOUSLY?!

Also I found the use of language weirdly harsh at times, and even a bit homophobic (Mike yelling "yes, I'm a fag!" at the counselor, or Jackie exclaiming "she's a carpet muncher" in regards to a girl
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Michelle
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
There Goes Sunday School is a relevant and poignant story about two boys' first real love in a conservative Christian community. For years, Mike has been unable to truly own and celebrate the truth about himself- that he's gay. Now, at 16, he's surrounded more than ever by violent sermons of damnation and questions about his faith.

This isn't just a story about a boy coming out; it's a story about exploring the role faith plays in accepting yourself, your relationships with others, and the way
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Peter Wright
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful book to read. I grew up in a very Christian household, expected to attend church every weekend. I was the one that hid the latest novel I was reading inside the leather cover I bought for my bible and read it while hiding up in the balcony of my church during the service. I then went to a Christian college where I struggled with what my faith says about my sexuality. So yeah... this book really felt like a look at my life. Except I'm not a great visual artist like Mike (I'm ...more
Sarah Fuller
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sort of coming of age story of two boys growing up in the south, both in very conservative religious families and a community. Mike has known hes gay for years, but keeps it a secret from even his best friends. When he has sexual experiences, mainly at church camp, he keeps it there, completely separate from his real life.

However, one day Mike finds his missing sketch pad in the room of his church pastor sons room. Turns out the PK is also hiding a secret. The two begin a journey of truth and
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Jade C
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I came across this book randomly one day while trying to look for a present for one of my friends. I somehow decided to click on the think and bam I read the summary and I was instantly intrigued. Now, don't get me wrong it has your cliche summary and a kinda tacky cover title (which I now just realized the signifigance of) but man was this book perfect. I managed to read it in a few hours non-stop and I truly felt that I was in this world that this author created. While there are points where I ...more
Tonya Sadowsky
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a coming of age novel rarely comes along. Anyone who holds his/her own nostalgia of high-school, memories of struggling with our newly discovered feelings of sexuality and wanting to fit in, and having our first crush, maybe even falling in love will find something to like in this book. Mike, the hero in this novel, is no different. He lives in a small town with heavily religious families, much as I did. I wasn't sure what to expect with the language in the beginning of this book, but I am ...more
Laks
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
A young adult romance with a perfect picturisation of a conflicted gay teenage boy. 
Sunday school in church is mandatory and almost every month there are discourses on wrongness of gays and their future residence in hell. Mike is weighed down by this constant condemnation and he is afraid of any accident revelation of his gayness to his family or friends. His one escape mode is his art and his sketchbook is a permanent fixature in his bag. One day during a storm Mike loses his sketchbook which
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Larry
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gay Christian must read.

I had two thoughts (no really more than two) while reading this book. One, I never wanted it to end, two I wanted to finish so I could write a review. If you consider yourself a Christian and you are struggling with being gay, you must read this book. I know I liked it so much because I could really identify with the characters. I went for so many years trying to deny who I knew I would was. Mike went through its real impact for a few months in the story. The battle is
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Debbie McQueen
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book

I love this book, Icould not put it down. If you are a fan of Love, Simon- you will love this book. It follows Mike, a young man who goes to a Christian school, has conservative Christian parents, and attends a very conservative church. He feels he has to hide a big part of him, too afraid of what might happen if people knew he was gay.
Chris enters his life, and they realize they have the same secret, and even more- Chris is the preacher's kid, and his dad preaches anti-gay.
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Estance Moriarty
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-quite-good
I overall liked it. I would warn that in contains a lot of self-loathing & the typical internalized homophobia & the hardcore churchy hating on the gays.
I really disliked the way one character was talked about. A girl been bashed over and over again about her yellow teeth & "bad breath", slutshaming her, implying her "bad breath" is caused by her sexual behavior...
The fact that dresses need to have pockets is brought up though, & we are given many different female characters to
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monopoli
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Little Chompie
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Story to Remember...

Unbelievable. Alexander, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this story with us readers. I couldn't count the number of times this book had moved my heart and related to my own struggles about being queer. The ending was heartbreaking, yet perfect at the same time. It genuinely felt the narration was alive and that each event in this book was documented from personal experience, making it feel as if this story couldn't possibly be fiction. I have
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Jake Martinez
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first heard about this book on the Big Gay Fiction Podcast, and I knew it was one I had to read. The story revolves around Mike Hernandez, a closeted teen that tries to keep a tight lid on his secret. Art offers him one of his few releases, which he keeps in a tightly guarded sketchbook. One day the sketchbook goes missing, and who finds it adds a huge wrinkle in Mike's life.

What drew me into There's Go Sunday School is how religion plays a big role in someone's decision to stay in the
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ALEXANDER grew up in the Metro Atlanta Area his entire life, moving from suburb to suburb, just on the outskirts of the city. Hes always had a passion for writing, even from a young age. He still lives on the cusp of Atlanta, inching his way ever closer to finally becoming the City Dweller hes always wanted to be.

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