FREE DOWNLOAD ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ã S. Chris ShirleyT of young adults get through tough times I recommend it to anyone who struggles with identity I wasn t sure what to expect with this novel but with a southern religious protagonist I knew I needed to read it to see how the author handled this and I am glad I did I was a little hesitant at Alice Oliver first as the last two book I readrom this publisher 50 Shades of Gay and The Hunger Gays weren t amazing but this one was excellent I received a copy of this book The Protestant Temperament from Riverdale Avenue Books and this is my honest opinion and I received nothing in returnPlaying by the Book is the story of Jake Powell and his journeyrom Preacher s Kid PK in small town Alabama to an elite summer journalism program at Columbia University in New York City This is the That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book first time he s awayrom home and needless to say it is the experience of a lifetime Not only is this a coming out story it is a true coming of age story Many young adult novels over emphasis one or the other but this novel intricately tied the two togetherClick here to continue reading on my blog The Oddness of Moving Things It is such a sweet surprise to read a coming of age story that is The Radiant Child full of smartunny but most importantly REAL situations This book could serve as inspiration or any smart unny but most importantly REAL situations This book could serve as inspiration The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data for any person looking at life and wondering what they really want Most of us have been in this situation a time or two Our parents want us to walk one road but weeel strongly about another road We see this as an impossible situations and this book brings that eeling plus many to light This story is about Jake a level headed well meaning kid rom the south about to land in New York City Tempting Eden for Columbia University s journalism program Jake is as hungryor experience as he is eager to do well And while he s been raised in a strict religious household he s about *To Discover That Not * discover that not he stumbles upon or desires its into how he s been taught to think and live Was I really willing to risk my high school editorship and my entire journalism career Talking to Dragons for a six week journalism program But it wasn t just any journalism program it was the journalism program given by the very school that awards the Pulitzer Prizes Every struggle Jake goes through is told with so much emotion and written with such expertise This book was over way too soonor me and I Three Times the Love find myself wondering when the author will write something new I am a newan The Drowning Man for sure. Urling up witheaturing one of the most endearing teen protagonists I've read in years Alex Sanchez author of The God Box and Boyfriends with Girlfriends There's so much to admire in Chris Shirley's debut novel but the most remarkable thing may be its voice Jake is both earnest and skeptical curious and guarded and he tells his story with an endearing humility that somehow avoids the sarcasm that has become the norm Playing by the Book reminds us of how rewarding it can be to climb into someone else's head Patrick Ryan author of Send Me and Saints of Augusti. GREAT INVESTMENT, THE family Even I knew how to not be an asshole when I was around non conservatives For a story that was trying to teach a message of tolerance I thought Jake was the slowest learner of the whole damn bunch Even the strict parents were lessrustratingBecause guess what No one wants an entire story of a person battling what s right and wrong in their head It s called moderation olks A ew well placed chapters would have done the trick Whining about your struggle to deny then justify yourself gets old The Lively Art of Writing fastIt always goes back to my complaint about preachiness Giving a strong point of view does not necessarily euate to having a plot Apparently it was a huge dealor this book to try and reconcile that it s okay to be gay and Christian at the same time because there might be some discrepancies in
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much when it s down in the middle of a coming of age storyToo bad the entire new doctrine part wasn t mentioned in the synopsis or I wouldn t have picked up the book For me I love to read books about religion and spirituality when they re marked as such and I know what the content is going to be about This book wasn t marked as such and so I thought this book was iction about a kid deciding that it was okay to come out of the closetmaybe becauseoha person came along who got into this kid s head Ya know So you decided to embrace your homosexuality What s next Jake view spoiler We still didn t do everything we didn t go all the way but I will say that t do everything we didn t go all the way but I will say that of us held backWait what How do you not go all the way yet still manage to keep rom holding back After an entire book of waiting or someone to decide that he was okay to hook up with guys that s the big ta dah Really hide spoiler I loved this book The author wrestles with complicated subjects that have certainly been examined before in YA The Glass Ocean fiction coming out the role of religion andamily dynamics But Shirley explores these issues in a new and compelling way through his narrative and his marvelous characters The book is real resh unny and orceful A great debut rom a new talent I loved this book I The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness feel like this book will help a lo. Ed to the surface in the Big AppleStanding by his side are a gorgeous brunette with a Park Avenue attitude and the designer bags to match a high schoolriend who has watched Jake grow up and isn't sure she's ready to let him go and an outrageously The Leadership Gap flamboyant aunt who's determined to help Jakeind the courage to accept love and avoid the pain that she has experienced Provocative and moving Playing by The Book is a Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) feel good novel about the pain and joy we encounter in the searchor our own truth In Playing by the Book S Chris Shirley tells a story I loved % 1 I really hate to do this to a book when it seems like the author had good intentions with what he was doing Coming of age tale checkPoignant moments of self reflection checkPersonal discovery of one s self checkSo what exactly is the problem you ask Here s the deal every so often I come across a YA book where I eel like the entire thing is written like it s supposed to appeal to YA readers but is so out of touch with YA lit culture that it misses the mark This is one of those times I suddenly Save the Cupcake! felt cool as hell Yes Momma s older sister She s a hoot Uhno If you just said the words she s a hoot you are inact NOT cool as hellI can t even classify the book as Adult lit which just happens to have a young protag The character voices are not going to match up well enough Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, for adult lit either since the male lead comes across as very young and clueless Where do I start Can I start with Sam the kidrom Cali who said Brah 31 times What decade are we living in again Or do I start with Jake the male lead who calls his ather The Preacher and is completely ignorant to life in generalOr do I start with the hit you over the head life lessons which seemed like a bad version of an anti I start with the hit you over the head life lessons which seemed like a bad version of an anti campaign I get it The kid is confused He was raised by a strict conservative amily I m sure that in some parts of the country this would be the US people are so isolated rom normal society that they are bullied into small town thinking and small town ideology I saw that hideous remake of Footloose after all no I was not serious in actually using Footloose as a real life reference However the message of the story was so drowned in Jake s sheltered existence that it made me as a reader start to loathe him as a character He was like a parody of a small town kid allSo Much When It S
FRESH FROM THE COUNTRY AND READYfrom the country and ready tackle the big city Never mind that he thought the Sikh kid was Muslim or spent half of his conversations with other people trying to talk them into why it was or wasn t wrong to be gay based on his Biblical upbringing This kid was just painfully awkward how he made riends was beyond me He was at Columbia university hanging out and having new experiences yet he was SUCH A BUZZKILL I don t know I said looking around How about Holy Cow or Gosh or just go with some deity no one cares about like Zeus He couldn t have just said that it bothered him when she swore by using the nam. The 2015 IPPY Award winning novel about a boy preacher struggling to reconcile his The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev faith and sexuality When seventeen year old high school newspaper editor Jake Powellresh rom Alabama lands in New York City to attend Columbia University's prestigious summer journalism program it's a dream come true But his ather a undamentalist Christian preacher smells trouble And his ather is rarely wrongJake navigates new and unfamiliar ways up North Starting with his eelings or a handsome Jewish classmate named Sam What Jake could keep hidden back home is now push.
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