For The Bible Tells Them So (Book Thoughts: The Bible Boys, Dan Skinner)

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Forbidden love , it’s a tale as old as time.  Dan Skinner tackles that in “The Bible Boys,” where the love that dare not speak its name is complicated by religion. Caleb and Matt – teenagers who get together on a bible group trip – and they fall for each other. But their families are members of a cult   conservative sect, and that spells doom. The book is paper thin, but it’s heart is in the right place. For my taste, the sex scenes are a little overlong, and Skinner could have used the space for more depth. But this isn’t a bad book at all, it’s sort of a Brokeback Mountain for teens, and will probably be useful for a lonely gay boy out there struggling to deal with his sexual orientation. If only for that reason, this book deserves wider readership.

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