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THE GOD BOX by Alex Sanchez

THE GOD BOX

By Alex Sanchez

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0899-9
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Hispanic high-school senior Paul has struggled to overcome his attraction to boys, placing his prayers on slips of paper in an ornately carved “God box” in hopes the feelings will be taken away. He also dates best friend Angie and prays he will soon be sexually attracted to her. A new student arrives at their small-town Texas school, and Manuel comes out on his first day. He shocks the Bible Club by not only professing to be Christian but in more than holding his own in scripture-heavy debates. Manuel and Paul’s friends start a GSA and deal with homophobia. After a six-month struggle and a tragedy, Paul realizes he can’t love God or anyone if he doesn’t love himself. Sanchez takes on the myth that homosexuals are ungodly in this sometimes melodramatic tale. Occasionally reading more like a manual on dispelling homophobic misinterpretations of Bible verse than a novel, this is still an important work about self-acceptance and the meaning of God’s love. (Fiction. YA)