The God Box
High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his l...more
In spite of some nice moments in the book, I have to admit that on the whole I was disappointed with the story. Maybe because I'd expected much more from it or maybe because I simply wasn't the target audience for this book.
I liked the style of writing, but I struggled to warm to the narrator:
* I understand that Paul was supposed to be a deeply religious person, with Jesus, God and Bible ruling his life, who rejected to accept his sexuality because it was not Bible conformed. It explains a lo ...more
I started this morning, where I read the note in the front: "To those who believe in a loving God and those who struggle to love themselves." That's all I got, but it had my attention.
The first line of the first chapter did that too: "Sex and religion don't mix," my grandma once told me.
Pablo (err..Paul), our narrator, has a great voice. Okay, he's struggling with something and it makes me want to smack him around sometimes, but he's REAL. He loves ...more
This one was hard to read, because it hit so close to home for me. Actually, my Dad mailed it to me about four months after I'd moved in with my Grandparents - a full year after he'd come out to us. I was actually quite pissed that he'd sent me the book, because I wasn't mad at him for being gay. I was mad at him for pretending to be straight. I just didn't know how to tell him that. That was June of 2011.
So I picked up this book rather reluctantly after it had sat, not-quite-forgotten on m ...more
ETA On a second reading I found this as emotional as the first.
I love how Manuel explains his thoughts against Pauls thoughts. Maybe because I have no deep religious beliefs this works so well for me.
I still think this kind of book should be part of schools standard reading.
This is not a book I would have ever selected for myself. While I read a lot of books with an LGBT element, I am not fond of books with a major religious theme. However, a friend of mine said this was one of his favorite books and since he has read some of my favorites and liked them a lot I decided to give it a shot.
I should be clear when describing my reactions that I am an atheist. I have no problem with religion itself as it applies to peopl...more
When a transfer student named Manuel arrives at their high school, he threatens to completely derail Paul’s “on-track ...more
"The God Box" is loaded with challenges- Can you test god? Can you test your faith? Can you test what's in your heart and learn to be honest with yourself- regardless of what others think?
Now, I titled this "coming from an outsider" because I'm just an avid ...more
Cons...it's not the best writing. It feels very abrupt...you get dumped into this story and it took me awhile to get to know these characters and ca ...more
High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet he says he's also a committed Christian. Talking to Manuel makes Paul reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and list ...more
In other words, not meant for me at all and, and therefore, quite boring. The poor kid goes over and over the same questions in his head, taking forever to do what needs to be done. Realistic, but not interesting. My edition had two boys holding hands on the cover, and tho ...more
Paul is the perfect teenager: a beloved son, an attentive boyfriend, a good friend, he is perfect in anything he wants to achieve. But I felt something uneasy in Paul, a drive to be accepted that is almost unhealthy: Paul is a latino american, but when he moved to Texas with his parents, he was the odd kid out and the only to accept him was Angie, a kid his same age who ...more
I will read anything Sanchez writes because his books have enormous heart. They brim with emotion, hope, and goodn ...more
Paul and Angie have been dating since they were in middle school; they wholeheartedly love each other, dating regularly, kissing, talking on phone and having fun just like normal couples. However, something is weird about Paul; he feels like Angie isn't sexually attracted to him at all. Anyway, Paul is Christian, reading and quoting lines in the Bible and joining a club discussing Christianity. He strongly believes that homosexuality is a sin. In the start of his school year, a new stud ...more
The story is brilliant and wonderfully written but what I absolutely loved was how Alex Sanchez addressed and challenged pretty much every Bible passage that appears to condemn homosexuality, and especially those that the Church and certain Christian groups use a ...more
There is more scripture quoted in this book than a church pamphlet on Sunday morning. Manual is a newcomer to an ultra-conservative school and openly admits he is gay. The majority of his classmates, as well as many teachers, are just as openly anti-gay. Both sides are usi ...more
I wish I was much more familiar with the bible so I could form my own opinions on what the big book has to say on the issues the char ...more