What IS it with these gay novels for teens? First Boy Meets Boy
and now this sorry excuse for printed matter. Why are they so damn bad? If it were up to me, teens would never even TOUCH these books, let alone read them. Hood, Rob N. Beyond the Wind. Binghamton: Southern Tier Editions, 2004.Summary
: Chris's friend and lover Kyle is outed in school, and, after pressured by peers and family, Kyle runs away to Omaha. There, he whores himself out for a few weeks and, even worse, ends up embroiled in the blackmail of a conservative senator that turns unexpectedly into an assassination. Chris and his friends now the murderer on tape--and evidence of the senator's dastardly deal with the porn industry--and everyone wants that video. They eventually do the right thing and give the tape up to the proper authorities. Chris ends up coming out to his family, and Kyle is diagnosed with HIV.Comments
: How do people get this sort of shit published, anyway? Never mind that the thriller aspects of this novel could use some serious help...the characters are on their own little pulpits half the time--we've got a genuine example of activist Christian propaganda on our hands. I'm oh SO glad that God loves homosexuals but still hates those who commit suicide and it's wrong to call someone a "fag" but "fat fart" is a-oh-kay, but let's face it: Your religious interpretation is just as (in)valid as theirs, and if you look to God or the Bible for proof that you're right, then all you're proving is that you're both morons equally. This sort of logic doesn't win. He also glosses over the multi-factor origins of complex human behaviors with the platitude that homosexuality is genetic destiny when there is NO compelling evidence of that. Someone tries to debate "nature vs. nurture" with me one more time, and I scream. No such dichotomy exists. Hood cheerfully denounces the faithless and the promiscuous equally, all while saying that HIV doesn't discriminate. (So nice of you to fail to mention that A) AIDS actually not as contagious a virus as, say, hepatitis, or B) That a sexually-active lifestyle puts gay men more than heterosexuals or lesbians (in that order) at risk for infection.) Anyway, if you wanted to drive home the point that AIDS doesn't discriminate, you would've given your beloved, God-fearing protagonist HIV. Apparently, God rewards the faithful--and un-slutty--with small blessings. What bullshit. Books like this make me fiddle with my match collection contemplatively. Notes
: hardcover, exclusive BCE; trade paperback edition availableRating
- Give this young adult book to a teen, and you'll just screw him up worse.