Thursday, September 30, 2010
Title: The Perfect Family
Author: Kathryn Shay
Review Copy Provided by: Pump Up Your Book Promotions
About the Book: What happens to the "perfect family" when the future suddenly changes in the most unexpected way?
Seventeen-year old Jamie Davidson doesn't think being gay should be such a big deal...until he comes out to his parents and friends. Even as Jamie celebrates no longer needing to hide his true self and looks forward to the excitement of openly dating another boy, the entire Davidson family is thrown into turmoil. Jamie's father Mike can't reconcile his religious beliefs with his son's sexuality. His brother Brian is harassed by his jock buddies and angry at Jamie for complicating all their lives. Maggie, his mother, fears being able to protect her son while struggling to save her crumbling marriage. And Jamie feels guilty for the unhappiness his disclosure has caused. Every member of their “perfect family” must search their hearts and souls to reconnect with each other in this honest, heartwarming, and hopeful look at the redemptive power of love and family.
My Review: I really enjoyed this one! I think what this family is going through, is difficult, and is an issue that many families have to deal with. The appearance of "the perfect family" is just that, an appearance. You never know what is going on "behind closed doors" with those families.
I really felt for all of the characters, as each one was dealing with the situation in their own way, and with their own set of issues because of it. It is an endearing story of how one catalyst can change the dynamics of a family. Each member of this family grows and changes because of Jamie's "coming out." Maybe Jamie wishes he'd never told them, maybe they wish he'd told them sooner, but it is what it is and they have to deal with it.
This is a great story about love and acceptance!