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Pray The Gay Away (A Southern Thing Book 1) by [York, Sara]
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Book 1 of A Southern Thing series.

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.

Don't miss out, read all four book in the series.
Book 1 Pray The Gay Away
Book 2 Sending Jack Off To Jesus
Book 3 My Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding
Book 4 Billy

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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The book was exceptional. What is disturbing about this book is that I have no doubt there are teens living their lives under similar circumstances as the 2 main characters in this book. And for these 'real' teens their lives are not fiction and some are really living a nightmare; there are parents out there who firmly believe that being gay is a disease and teen-agers can be cured; that there are religious zealots out there that preach hatred and injustice AND there are people out there that believe them; and that a child's mother would sit back and allow her children to be broken down because of a homophobic father/minister and parents who believe him. If the bible has so much hate as said in this book, then we are all in trouble.

Because of the above, this book was very hard to read.
The 2 main characters in the book were young, average teens who met and fell in love. Although I believe that being 18 and declaring your love for someone is somewhat premature, I actually wanted these 2 people to make it because I believed their story. Their personal lives were so compelling that, with all the hatred around them and being thrown at them, I believe everyone reading this book will all be cheering that they found each other and fell in love.

There were some things I did not like: I did not like the terms of endearments that were said by these 2 teens to each other. I just don't believe teens would talk that way; It seemed fake and far-fetched to me. There were a lot of grammatical errors and misspellings, but anyone can overlook that if reading a great book. And this is a great book.

For those die-hard fans who believe in love, read this book. You will smile, you will laugh and you will cray a lot!
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I found this story quite "sappy" and predictable. There are far better "coming of age" stories out there! Won't waste my time on the sequel.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c7b230c) out of 5 stars 227 reviews
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc97f48) out of 5 stars that I just can't recommend it. For one thing July 20 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book started out entertaining, but had some serious flaws that lead me to say, regretfully, that I just can't recommend it. For one thing, there is a huge amount of "telling" within the story. We're told how the characters feel and what they think is at stake over and over and over in basically the same words every time. It bogs the story down and dramatically adds to the length of the book. For another, the dialogue can run toward being too expository and precise, which makes it feel very unreal, and the characters themselves can get a little cartoonish in their embodiment of stereotypes.

I don't think that all of that would have put me off reading the next book entirely by this author, except that... this story is not complete. There are chapters and chapters of rising action, a bit of a climax, and then... the book just stops. The entire last, oh, quarter of the story is missing. Curtain drops, game over, buy the next book to find out what happens. I didn't think I was buying a serial or an epic, I thought I was buying a romance!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc97f9c) out of 5 stars A good read - that is incomplete March 22 2014
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
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Had this been the full story I would have given it four stars.

Inform potential readers if the book is part one in an intended series. Allow them the courtesy of making an informed choice if they want to buy half a book. I was enjoying the read and wasn't paying attention to how far into the book I was and then it suddenly ends.

The story line is good and moves at a fast pace. At times it is a bit over the top by reinforcing stereotypes to an almost cartoonish level. This is not necessary and acts as a distraction. Editing is good with no obvious spelling, grammar, plot or time-line errors.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc98278) out of 5 stars Made me want to slap someone April 5 2014
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....and say "WAKE UP ALREADY!" First off, this story of Jack and Andrew is amazing from start to middle to happy m/m ending! (I just finished the 3rd and final book of the series.) But for this book in particular, I kept saying life shouldn't still be this way. I'm not gay and I've honestly never experienced the kind of gospel beat downs so many young gays must go through every Sunday. I mean imagine sitting in church, believing in God but being told he doesn't love you and no one else will simply because of who YOU love? In this book, Jack actually hears this almost every second of everyday because his own Father is the preacher! But by the time he meets Andrew, he's at the point of knowing what he wants, knowing God didn't "make a mistake" and knowing Andrew was made just for him. I loved that he was protective of his Andrew right off the bat! Andrew needs him in so many ways and he see's this in more ways then one. I understood that they had to hide in plain sight and I hated every minute of that for them. I truly felt Jacks anger over the fact that he couldn't do something as simple as kiss Andrew goodbye in the parking lot or squeeze his hand just to say "hi" in the hallway at school. Such common, loving gestures that any straight couple can do on any given day anywhere! Andrews parents are simply straight out of the gates of hell as far as I was concerned. I'm not going to give anything away...and having read all 3 books, I'm not exaggerating. They are evil. My heart hurt for Andrew and wanted to move him into MY home just to free him. Andrew and Jack find first love with each other and it is beautiful surrounded by ugliness. Read this book and then move on to the 2nd...it gets even better!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc98170) out of 5 stars Horrible Aug. 19 2014
By Heather Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was an extremely unsettling blend of juvenile writing and explicit sex scenes. What teenager do you know that would say "I think I would like to wear ladies undergarments"? The timeline was a joke - hi I'm Jack...we've talked like two or three time, know absolutely nothing about you but I'm going to be your boyfriend and spend the rest of my life with you. Ok sure. Even the characters were poorly written. Definitely will NOT be bothering to read the next book in the series...heck, I somewhat regret finishing this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc9835c) out of 5 stars emotional Aug. 17 2014
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This coming of age novel is about two young gay men trying to navigate the Bible Belt. Jack and Andrew are high school students that come from very religious back grounds where being gay is the ultimate sin. This emotional read depicts how ignorance and intolerance is dangerous. Ends in bit of a cliffhanger but not too dramatic.