Noel Roach's Reviews > Adam
Noel Roach's review
Sep 22, 2014
Written in a 'literature' style rather than the more 'pulp fiction' style of most books with a gay theme. I have seen other reviews that criticise this as being 'too wordy.' Personally I rather enjoyed having to pay attention to what I was reading and grab the dictionary on occasion. The more formal use of language and idyllic rural French countryside setting give the book a historic or at least a timeless feel. It is only the mention of email, that allowed me to place the novel into a late 20th/early 21st century time frame. I do get tired of what I call 'porn-with-a-plot-line' type gay novels, but I thought McDonald could have maybe given us an extra sentence of explicit sex activity at some points in the book; Adam's sexual activities are after all major plot and theme points in the book. Adam is a novel about a 16-year-old gay teenager exploring his sexuality using adult, intelligent and occasionally explicit sexual language and not the G-rated language of a YA novel or the XXX-rated trash of a 'one-handed-reading' porn story. This is not the best book I have ever read, but given some of the books I have rated 3 or 4-stars, I just had to give this one a 5-star rating.
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September 22, 2014 – Shelved