What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Angela's Church

I really loved Release.  Adam's part of the story.  I really, really loved it.  I love books that show that there are, indeed churches that actually follow Christ when it comes to homosexuality.  Angela, Adam's friend, attends a church in which an 80 year old lesbian couple were married.  I remember officiating my first same body part wedding.  The couple had been together for thirty years.  They were in love with Christ as their Savior and with one another.  There was much rejoicing.  While Adam's family holds non-Christian beliefs regarding homosexuality like Marley's in A Very Bad Thing, I love that Patrick Ness recognizes that those who are really trying hard to follow Christ on the issue don't have this problem. (We all have lots of problems, this just happens to be one we don't have!)  I loved Adam's brother, too.  I didn't understand the other story, the magical realism-y/fantasty one involving the gal who was murdered.  I also never read Mrs. Dalloway, so I can't say I saw its influence here, but I did get the sense of the Forever influence, even though I am not a Judy Blume fan!  Very good book.  I would not be upset if it received a Printz Honor.  I would not be upset at all.  But I really, really didn't get the other part of the story.  My fault.  I am going to dig around online and see if I can find an explanation. 

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