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Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich – Review


Two boys at bible camp. One forbidden love.

That’s the dilemma Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore, for a summer of fun. He is expecting mosquito bites, bonfires with S’Mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor who always helps him see life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings.

Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

My Review:

This is a powerful book about coming out, teen angst and the desire to fit in. Written with powerful scenes and excellent characters, it beings to light all the issues modern teens have about coming out, about fitting in, and, above all, about the consequences of both action and inaction. Set in a bible camp, this story already has me rooting for the main Character, simply because I don’t think he really belongs there. Sure, he prays, he believes, but you can see from the way he’s written that it’s not what he wants in life. Who really wants to spend life buried amongst people who will hate and fear you, because someone tells you they should?

Powerful and emotional.

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July 10, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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