Sixteen-year-old Anthony Duck-Young Del Vecchio is a nice Catholic boy with a very big problem. It’s not the challenge of fitting in as the lone adopted South Korean in a close-knit family of Italian-Americans. Nor is it being the one introverted son in a family jam-packed with gregarious daughters. Anthony’s problem is far more serious—he is the only gay kid in Our Way, his church’s youth group. As a high school junior, Anthony has finally come to accept his sexual orientation, but he struggles to determine if a gay man can live as a faithful Christian. And as he faces his dilemma, there are complications. After confiding his gayness to his intolerant adult youth group leader, he’s asked to find a new organization with which to worship. He’s beaten up in the church parking lot by a fanatical teen. His former best pal bullies him in the locker room. His Catholic friends even stage an intervention to lead him back to the “right path.” Meanwhile, Anthony develops romantic feelings for David Gandy, an emo, out and proud junior at his high school, who seems to have all the answers about how someone can be gay and Christian, too.
Will Anthony be able to balance his family, friends and new feelings for David with his changing beliefs about his faith so he can live a satisfying life and not risk his soul in the process?
Sexuality and religion go hand in hand, mostly due to the intolerance many 'faithful' have toward people who don't fit into a certain mold written thousands of years ago. Well, most of wouldn't fit in then, so adhering to those sorts of views and standards has never seemed logical to me. You can be a good person and not agree with a church.
Even stranger might be my interest in this book. At one point, as a kid, I voluntarily went to church on my own and had both good and bad experiences with faith and the faithful. At the age of 11, I decided I couldn't do it anymore, and left to find my own path. My path doesn't ascribe to a god or gods, but I still enjoy some aspects of faith and can enjoy reading about those who seek to find what matters most to them.
In Mia's story, Anthony is on just such a journey. Fitting in as a teen is never easy, but when you're different inside and out, it can seem like an impossible struggle. I haven't had the chance to read this yet (it's almost out!!) but I can't wait to do so. Mia's often insightful characterizations and plots come across different from my own experiences, and I love seeing the world through the eyes of the people she creates. I'm sure Inclination will be just as good as her past work I've enjoyed!
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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Out of Hiding
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