Pray The Gay Away by Sara York ~ Review by Caroline

This book gave me anger issues. I seriously wanted to kill someone!

: Pray The Gay Away

Author: Sara York

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing–a man to be his own.

When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew’s plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

When he meets Andrew, Jack thinks he’s found heaven, but reality holds him in check until one night when his lips gently slide across Andrew’s and fireworks go off.

As lust and something a little deeper brings them together, compelling them to take chances, people start to notice. Then the unthinkable happens, and Jack’s parents find out he likes guys. The battle lines are drawn and they vow to pray the gay away.

My View

Why does anybody have to live like these poor boys? How can parents (I use that term very loosely) treat their children this way? How can a human being treat another this way?

This book left me angry and frustrated. The author has done such a fantastic job giving Jack and Andrew their story but omg what a story it is. The heart ache and abuse they have to suffer for something as simple as falling in love is devastating. I have such trouble getting my head round how anyone can have such strong hatred over something so simple as their child being gay.  And it is simple. Some kids have blue eyes, some kids have dark hair and some kids are gay. They are not ill they are not bad they are not less. It doesn’t matter who you are or what God you believe in you do not have the right to treat people with such hatred.

Jack Miller is the eldest of ten children and to anyone looking he is the perfect 18 year old. He is captain of the football team and the players love him. He is compassionate to his peers and all the girls love him. He is the son of the Church Pastor in Sweet, Georgia.  But outward looks can be deceiving and only Jordan knows who he really is. Jordan is gay but knows with absolute certainty that his family would never accept it so he is counting down the days until he can escape to University.

Andrew Collins was caught kissing a boy and his ultra conservative and quite frankly evil parents have moved him to the small town of Sweet in a bid to remove temptation. Part of his punishment (and don’t even get me started on that) has been hours and hours of prayers and starvation. When Jack is asked to introduce Andrew around and help him settle into school the boy is so weak from lack of food that he barely functions.  Andrew is intimidated by Jack at first. He sees him as a popular jock and is certain when he realises that Andrew is gay he will end up getting beaten.

Imagine Andrews shock when he realises that not only is Jack caring, protective and decent but that he is also gay and wants Andrew to be his boyfriend. They fall hard and quick for each other aware that if they are found out it their relationship may just get them killed.

There is an easy flow to this book where secondary characters are concerned. Pastor Nathaniel Miller rules his family with an iron rod and is all about appearance. He is smarmy, controlling and hears nobodys voice but his own. Billy is 7 years old and Jacks favourite brother. He is effeminate and beautiful and wants to be a princess. My heart ached for the trouble he was no doubt going to run into in future and Jordan was always doing his best to protect him.

The whole time I was reading this book I had my fingers crossed that the boys wouldn’t be found out but of course the more risks they took the less likely it was that they could keep their secret.  When Jacks father finds out Jacks life as he knew it ended along with any respect he had for his father.

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I would like to thank Sara York for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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