Out and proud Atlanta teen Jo moves to a small, conservative town in her senior year, part of her father’s new life with a new wife. As a Christian radio host, he has preached an open-mindedness all Jo’s life. Now, he wants her to lie low and be closeted for a year while the stepmom’s family gets used to them. Jo wasn’t expecting to make any real friends or to fall in love.
I really enjoyed this book. Brown has created characters that are likable – I was rooting for them all. It’s unique to see a gay-teen and sex-positive religious Christian YA novel – For that reason alone, I think this belongs in many public libraries.
Four stars instead of five because Jo’s father put her in an impossible position (the entire foundation of the book) and that part felt wrong and also contrived. Why in the world would Jo’s otherwise great dad ask her for this terrible sacrifice? What teenager would readily agree?
There’s some pretty intense (and happy) sexual awakening in here so it’s probably not for younger tweens. It might be awkward to actually recommend this book to your questioning kiddo, but you could bring it home and just leave it lying around.
I would read more by Jaye Robin Brown