- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Sky Pony Press (Nov. 21 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1510707301
- ISBN-13: 978-1510707306
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
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The Temptation of Adam: A Novel Hardcover – Nov 21 2017
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"An honest, emotional, funny, romantic, dark, hopeful, musical gem of a novel. I know that's a lot of adjectives, but it'd be a disservice to leave any out." Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes
"The Temptation of Adam is the sort of novel you finish and immediately wish you could read again for the first time. It’s profound without being preachy, funny without pandering, and thoughtful in a way that few debut novels manage. Dave Connis is a writer to watch." Bryan Bliss, author of Meet Me Here
On the surface, The Temptation of Adam is the story of a teenaged boy with *teenage-boy* problems, but the true brilliance of this novel lies in the way it uses heartache, humor, and music to reveal LOVE as both Healer-of-Wounds and Kick-in-the-Pants toward greatness. Highly recommend." Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin
"Dave Connis's The Temptation of Adam confronts a difficult topic with honesty, humor, and heart. The friendships and love that form amongst the misfit cast of teens trying to overcome addiction are an important reminder of our power to destroy or give hope to those tangled in our messy lives."Randy Ribay, author of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes
"Connis emphasizes the importance of battling addiction with transparency, communication, and self-forgiveness. While the teens find support in one another, their recovery also relies on their relationships with adults who help them to set boundaries and goals. Impressively, this novel rarely feels preachy. Despite the main character’s obsession with pornography, there is very little graphic sexual content, and the teens’ dangerous activities, including drug and alcohol use and cutting, are never glorified. . . . VERDICT This debut may ultimately get lost among the multitude of recent books about teens with mental health issues, but its positive messages will make a worthwhile addition to most teen collections." School Library Journal
About the Author
Dave Connis has held all manner of job, from ballroom dance instructor to construction worker. He is now a community manager at Code Corps, a platform where people can donate time, talent, and money to projects for social change. He also works as an assistant youth director at his church, Rock Creek Fellowship. He has a bachelor’s in community development with a focus on international economics from Covenant College. He is a member of the SCBWI. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife and son.
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The porn addiction is mentioned in an eloquent way, never graphic or exploitive.
Example: "after my porn fiesta this morning" and on another page "I watched porn for an hour. I hate myself. I hate myself. I. Hate. Myself."
While Adam's mother's abandonment is blamed for causing the addiction, its later revealed he started viewing porn at 12, which is statistically when most boys introduction to digital prostitution begins. (Life spoiler alert: the mother is always blamed for porn/sex addiction). The 12 steps of recovery are mentioned briefly but don't be fooled, this is not a book about therapy or recovery, but more a journey to complete a music album. The group of interestingly flawed characters embark on a road trip to solve a murder mystery and to recover a lost album.
Adam and his not-girlfriend, fellow addict, Dez, are the main characters and their relationship is the glue of the book. Author Dave Connis delivers all the feels. At some points I wanted to print their scenes onto a blanket and wrap myself in his words, and at other times I wanted to scream at them. So basically, it's a chaotic balance that teenagers will relate to.
What this book has going for it is the subject matter is fresh and it's intelligent in the vein of JUNO, PERKS of BEING A WALLFLOWER and a sprinkle of LESS THAN ZERO. The characters are all developed with specific details, although they all speak a similar language. Besides the hero worship of Adam's sister, Addy, their imperfections make them real. The world needs more teachers like Mr. Cratcher, who ripped my heart out in the best way. It was nice to read a teacher character that wasn't a goofball or a one dimensional saint.
I'd give this 4 1/2 stars out of 5 because it's a valiant effort, but at times I guestioned if there was too much. I will definitely read more from this author.
My 15 year old son has started reading and has already asked, where's my book? when I borrowed it back to complete my review. If I'm lucky, just maybe he will share his own review with me. Fingers crossed.
I want to preface my review of The Temptation of Adam by saying that it's a difficult subject to tackle. Addiction is a deeply personal and variable subject, so I tried to comment on the portrayal within this book and my opinion of that portrayal respectfully. If I have inadvertently offended anyone, I most humbly apologize.
I can't remember reading many books that deal with addiction any kind. Growing up, I think the closest ones were some Ellen Hopkins or Go Ask Alice types. Fine enough in their own right, but limited. Seeing The Temptation of Adam as a relevant title to this age of consumption, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what Dave Connis's portrayal would be.
His portrayal of addiction, at least from my experience, had authenticity. The denial of a problem, the rejection of fault, can definitely be felt within Adam's situation. It was a hard read sometimes because even knowing Adam had an addiction and we're viewing the people around him through his scope, and even though I really didn't like Adam as a person addiction or no, it was at times easy to side with him. That maybe he was being put upon by Mr. Cratcher or his dad. That balance in the writing was a shock at times when I realized what was taking place.
There were a few things that I had issues with that made this a difficult book to like, aside from the subject matter. Two of these are Adam's indelicacy and his personal relationship with Dez.
When first meeting the Knights of Vice, Mr. Cratcher's support group, he makes callous and inaccurate remarks about one of the members, Elliot's, addiction to self harm, which "he saw coming with the hair". He also calls it strange that Elliot cuts "because guys don't cut". I want to believe that Adam was uninformed about the subject and the author chose to portray that, albeit poorly in my opinion, but nonetheless, that passage struck me as one to look out for because it felt wrong. It didn't feel like part of his defense of not having an addiction, his opinion that he was better than everyone there because he had his porn consumption under control. It felt extra and bad.
The relationship aspect between Adam and Dez in this book felt weird for a couple of reasons. First of which is that Adam (and I'm only mentioning him because he's our primary window into the story) shouldn't be focusing on that kind of thing right now when dealing with his addiction, especially a porn addiction.
Second, his choice of girlfriend. Dez is a somewhat interesting character: bold, unafraid of speaking her mind and confront Adam on his suppositions and what she calls his delusions of gender, but she's in treatment too. Two addicts forming a relationship, an intense romantic one at that, when they're supposed to be figuring out their own core, was more than a little troubling.
I also wasn't comfortable with Adam's sudden turn around and motivation for realizing he has a problem and wanting to quit his pornography addiction. It's somewhat spoilery so I'll just say that it felt inauthentic to the character in general and as a whole flat. I'm not saying that in real life it's 100% impossible, but as it happened in Adam's situation, it wasn't believable with who Adam was as a person, so it made his journey toward redemption weak.
There was a lot of intense stuff going on in this book for a lot of people. Adam wasn't the only one dealing with an addiction that we got to know, just the one we spent the most time seeing through. As such, I would have liked to see a better story for him. As it was, I don't think the way his was told really worked. There were issues with his character and with his journey and there was so much potential, so much room for growth, that the climax, falling action, and "resolution" was unfulfilling.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.