An emotional Young Adult story about the price of intolerance, and the triumph of love …
Author: Sophie Bonaste
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Adam Jameson has always felt like an outsider in his own home, where his parents’ constant efforts to instill religious fervor have instead filled him with fear. Most of the time, he just wants to stay out of everybody’s way. But when Adam is forced to volunteer at a homeless shelter his senior year in high school, everything changes. He’s introduced to people who care about more than religion and, as a result, he starts to come out of his shell. For the first time in his life, Adam finds people who he wants to be around.
Mickey Stafford lives on the streets, a teen kicked out by his parents for being gay. He comes to the shelter for food and medical care, and after they literally run into each other, the two boys strike up a friendship. As Mickey introduces his new friend to the world he lives in, Adam starts to question everything: his parents, their religion, even his own beliefs. Once Mickey kisses him, Adam starts soul-searching and finds his heart, which is full of love for Mickey. But these two young men will have their love put to the test as they face a future of uncertainty and fear.
Adam and Mickey’s story is one that we all wish was rooted in pure fantasy, but sadly it is not. Adam is the son of a strict, controlling father who uses his Christian faith as a battering ram to bully his children. He threw Adam’s older brother out years before when he came out as gay, and then effectively erased his brother from the family altogether when he disowned him. Adam tries to obey his father, and begins working at a homeless shelter to fulfill his charitable duty. There he meets wonderful people who, even though they have few worldly goods, are kind, accepting, and decent. He also meets Mickey, a homeless teenager who was also kicked out of his home when his family discovered he is gay. He and Mickey become close friends, and this friendship soon evolves into a budding romance. Adam learns firsthand the hardships and truth of homelessness when his father eventually tosses him onto the streets when he is seen kissing Mickey by one of his father’s church friends.
I truly like The Sacrifices We Make. While it could perhaps be cliché that Adam, his brother, and Mickey are all forced into homelessness as gay teens due to the intolerance and non-acceptance of their families, it is an all too familiar and tragic reality. Countless parents each year chose to abandon their children, and force them from their homes, simply because they refuse to accept their child’s sexuality. As a mother of two teenagers, I would like to smack each and every one of these small minded and foolish parents who not only put their child’s physical and emotional well being in danger, but rob themselves of the joy of loving and accepting their child for the wonderful, unique individual they are. I think Sophie Bonaste is both courageous and timely with her telling of this young adult story.
Bonaste manages to make this story both significant and sweet. Adam and Mickey’s relationship is pure, lovely, and hopeful. The story itself is well written and quite compelling, but I do think that some of the dialog between the characters is overly formal and stilted at times, including using few contractions (“I will” instead of “I’ll”, etc.). An authentic conversation between two teenagers who are friends and dating is not usually quite so stiff.
I recommend that you read this sweet love story that lends hope that all homeless gay teens, like Adam and Mickey, find their own happy endings.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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