I’m going to start this review with this statement: Sara York has done it again!
Pray the Gay Away is excellent. Well written, great character development, and relevant topic. She has taken a topic that is of social relevance now, and turned it into a wonderful story.
Jack Miller is an 18 year old senior in high school, star quarterback, great looker, and the son of a super conservative preacher in small-town Georgia. He has nine siblings, his favorite being his 7 year old brother who is not the typical boy that his family expects of their children. Jack is as straight acting as they come, playing the part of a conservative preacher’s son until he can escape the town with a scholarship, and start leading his life the way he wants to.
Andrew Collins is also a senior in high school, but has just moved to Sweet, Georgia with his dominating, ultra-conservative parents to escape his past in Atlanta. He was caught kissing a boy, and his parents decide the way to deal with him is to move, and in their own way, force him to change his ways, including “praying the gay away”, amongst other punishments that they feel will solve his problem. By moving to this small town, his parents figure that they can control him, and change him.
Jack’s father has been told about Andrew, and has been asked to have a boy of the same age to help Andrew out, and introduce him to “the right people”. Jack is the boy that his father assigns the task, and an extremely unlikely friendship forms and develops. Hiding, deceiving, and lying become part of the boys’ lives as they attempt to hide the developing and ever deepening relationship.
Sara has such a knack with her characters, developing the scene, and delivering an emotional attack on the senses, and this story lives up to her reputation. My only complaint is that is isn’t the whole story in one book. I actually screamed “NO…” when I came to the end of this book. I “Pray” the continuation comes soon, because I really want to know how the boys deal with the trouble that this cliffhanger leave you with.
Book Description 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.
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