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February 7, Library and Archives Canada. A nice refreshing coming of age story. Perhaps the ending is not that realistic, but it is a fun story, nonetheless. I'll read more from this author. Apr 30, Leigh rated it liked it. I finished Common Sons by Ronald L. Donaghe, and, in terms of gay literature available to chain bookstores, I was overall pleased by the story and the characters.
The two boys fumbling with their sexuality, Joel and Tom, carried the story with their personalities, at least for half the book. The last half was not as great. The main points of conflict were resolved far too quickly, Joel and Tom fell into a stereotypical lovey-dovey ditch that the author wasn't even concerned with getting them out I finished Common Sons by Ronald L. The main points of conflict were resolved far too quickly, Joel and Tom fell into a stereotypical lovey-dovey ditch that the author wasn't even concerned with getting them out of note: not a gay stereotype, rather a "i'll do anything, no matter what, give up my family to be with youuu" stereotype.
Admittedly, Donaghe wanted to provide a storybook ending, but it never clicked in that storybook way--where you felt satisfied and good like at the end of a Disney movie. He missed some key element and left readers, well, good, yeah instead of truly enthusiastic; this loss, I feel, is due to his skill as a writer, which is wanting in many aspects. Nonetheless, a good read for gays, straights, and everyone in between--I think that heteros would be able to read this as a serious but watered-down glimpse into gay life, something they could swallow without too much discomfort.
There are a great deal of assisting straight characters who provide their own perspectives to the story which I think would make a hetero reader feel more at home. May 30, Pablito rated it it was amazing. After I bought this novel, I resisted reading it for weeks because of the torrent of bigotry and turmoil I knew would rain down from the initial drunken or half-drunken faux pas, in which two male teens kiss at a dance.
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But what I didn't anticipate was the grace, the saving grace of their love and the strength of their bond, or how transforming and infectious that human bond would shimmer and eventually glow through Joel and Tom. Love conquers Hate, even when that Love is the one that dare not s After I bought this novel, I resisted reading it for weeks because of the torrent of bigotry and turmoil I knew would rain down from the initial drunken or half-drunken faux pas, in which two male teens kiss at a dance.
Love conquers Hate, even when that Love is the one that dare not speak its name, even in small towns like Common, New Mexico. The writer paints redemption, despite or because of the naivete and faith of the young lovers. That redemption is hard-scrabble, like the desert landscape, but you believe it. And when alas you go to put this yarn down, you will not want to. May 19, Jeffery rated it liked it. The first few chapters were a bit off-putting for me as you really don't get to see the two main characters together much.
But they do provide the backdrop and family backgrounds for the story. Anyway, after that, the two are always together, and it strikes me as admirable how they really face their problems together. What's better about this book is that it's only not about romance; it's also about U. Now, 50 years later, those valu The first few chapters were a bit off-putting for me as you really don't get to see the two main characters together much.
Now, 50 years later, those values become interesting to look at. The ending is very lovely and serves as a nice resolution. It also leaves a lot of untied ends for future installments as this is the first book in a four-book series. Dec 10, Kirsten rated it really liked it. Very enjoyable. The characters were well drawn, the plot made it hard to put the book down, the prose was excellent although my copy did have a few editing mistakes. The only complaint I have is that the time period wasn't very well represented. The '60s had a lot of turmoil and it all seemed to pass this little town by.
Also I'm not sure what the point of having the Reece's adopt these four kids was-- seems the author likes kidfic? Jan 03, Joy rated it really liked it Shelves: m-m , young-adult , nook-lendable. High school friends Tom and Joel fall in love--but small New Mexico towns in the s are hardly tolerant; plus Tom's position as the pastor's son makes their new relationship even more fraught. A good read.
Feb 05, Irving Cool rated it it was amazing. This is my 'If I was in a desert island, this is he book I would have with me'.
A most excellent read! Nov 30, Steelwhisper rated it liked it Shelves: 3-like , abuse , has-children , hate-crime , high-school-kids , homophobia , m-m , other-eras , potentially-squicky , quiltbag. Early gay romance. Interesting also because of the sappy HEA. Aug 05, Garnet rated it really liked it. A very easy read geared I believe towards a young audience.
Two high school boys in rural New Mexico in the early 's come to terms with their burgeoning sexuality. Darcy rated it really liked it Sep 01, Wayne rated it it was amazing Apr 12, Don Davis rated it really liked it Jan 25, Cachele E Thompson rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Meg rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Emily Moore rated it it was amazing Jun 24, John rated it really liked it Mar 22, Redbird rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Maureen rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Ted Nimmo rated it it was amazing Apr 30, Penelope rated it really liked it Jul 04, Aussie54 rated it really liked it Sep 21, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. Lance moves in the lofty circles of artists and actors, while Will fights lingering temptations of his own, sharing an apartment with his beloved and beautiful Uncle Sean. Both young men stand at a crossroads and must decide if the love they have shared was merely a teen romance or the real thing. Information about all of Ronald L. Donaghe's books can be found at www. Information about Two Brothers Press can be found at www.
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Later, when their kiss turns into much much more that same night, Tom and Joel are set on different paths, attempting to understand what the new turn in their friendship means. A preacher's son, Tom Allen turns inward with guilt and shame; but Joel Reece, confident of his own feelings and brought up to believe in himself, tries to win Tom's love.
Whether the two friends succeed in resolving their differences is made much more difficult by all those who witnessed their drunken kiss at the dance and who now suspect them both of being queer. The time is and the setting is in southwestern New Mexico, in the small farming town of Common. Other novels become like friends whose company is enjoyed over and over. Such a book, for me, is Common Sons. Knowing that two gay men will never be able to adopt, they decide to find a surrogate mother to carry their child. What they find is a lot more than they bargained for.
Sharon Minninger, a beautiful and determined runaway from a Mennonite community near Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico, offers to carry their child. Her influence has more impact on their lives than the couple could ever have imagined. Joel and Tom discover that the backlash of their decision to be fathers is much worse than expected.
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They are unprepared for the venomous reaction from some of the less open-minded citizens of the small southwestern New Mexico town, and in particular a nefarious religious organization new to the small town that will stop at nothing to get the child. In the isolated high mountains of the desert, where there is no way out, Kelly soon discovers the awful truth.
But can he resist the powerful brainwashing or survive long enough to tell others?