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The Book of David

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The Book of David

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THE BOOK OF DAVID, a novel written by an anonymous diarist, is one of the most eye-opening books I have recently read. The diarist, whose name is kept secret, manages an esteemed and "golden" life, complete with football scholarships, a varsity-cheerleader girlfriend, a best friend named Tyler with whom he can clown around and a God-loving family. He only lacks verbal confirmation from God for a straight ticket to Heaven. Despite all of this, the diarist is still dissatisfied with himself and his surroundings due to a monumental secret: he is gay. 

One of the most eye-opening books I have recently read.

The diarist only begins to recognize this about himself when a new kid named Jon moves to the small town in Arkansas in which this book is set. Jon awakens feelings of lust and love in the diarist, and makes it impossible for him to suppress the attraction to boys he has denied since second grade. As Jon and the diarist begin a complicated relationship, the diarist journals his feelings about being gay and experiencing both peer pressure and internal conflict, and in doing so he ultimately records the process of finding himself.  

I am glad to have read THE BOOK OF DAVID, because although I know gay people, never before have I been forced to so intensely study the process of struggling with one's sexuality. The diarist records his every thought, as the book is written almost in a stream-of-consciousness fashion, so the reader experiences his happiness and pain very potently and comes to understand him. It is because of this book that I better fathom the struggle of being LGBTQ amongst judgmental people. Readers who enjoyed reading GO ASK ALICE will also appreciate THE BOOK OF DAVID, as the novels are written in a similar form.

Reviewed by Cadyn D., Teen Board Member on June 11, 2014

The Book of David
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  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Genres: Fiction, Relationships, Sexuality
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 1442489863
  • ISBN-13: 9781442489868