Thinking Straight

When he is shipped off to Straight to God, an institution devoted to deprogramming troubled teenagers, Taylor Adams learns valuable lessons in love, courage, rebellion, and betrayal in a place where piety is a mask for cruelty and the greatest crimes go.
Thinking Straight When he is shipped off to Straight to God an institution devoted to deprogramming troubled teenagers Taylor Adams learns valuable lessons in love courage rebellion and betrayal in a place where p

  • Title: Thinking Straight
  • Author: Robin Reardon
  • ISBN: 9780758219282
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Thinking Straight”

    1. I tried to read this book but I’m on page 110 and I asked myself why on Earth I am doing this to myself. So let’s stop.Why? It’s a story about a gay teen, Taylor, who is also a believer and whose extra strict homophobic parents enroll to a special correction unit where Taylor is supposed to become straight ‘again.’ Mind you, the parents are described as not that bad, yeah, father is quite ‘gruff’ but mother is ‘the sweetest woman on earth’ – I get that a child doesn’t want [...]

    2. As a gay man, I reconciled my spirituality and my sexuality many years ago. It was a difficult balance to achieve and was not possible until I shut all the external noise out and began to reflect on my personal relationship with the Divine. Once the outside was quieted, once all the rhetoric was sorted through, I was able to connect with the Divine and my life has been much better for it. It is always sad to me when I see so many of my GLBTQ brothers and sisters turning away from spirituality an [...]

    3. Robin Reardon has taken on a hugely important subject in her new book, Thinking Straight. Taylor Adams, a teen who starts out the book with his head pretty well in place, has parents who think differently about their son’s well adjusted outlook on life. As the story begins they have sent him to Straight To God, a program that prides itself on fixing teens’ problems, including getting young men and women to overcome homosexuality. Despite his circumstances and justifiable anger, Taylor has fa [...]

    4. WARNING: This review includes unmarked spoilers to major plot points of the book. Proceed with the knowledge key parts of the book could be spoiler for you. I really enjoy GLTB fiction as well as fiction that involves questioning the nature of religion. So, when I saw that this book not only combined the both of them, but also painted both homosexuality and religion in a positive light, I knew I had to get my hands on it. After reading it however, I was left feeling very conflicted about the boo [...]

    5. I read this book as part of a book reading challenge where the rules were to read a book in a genre or theme which you would usually avoid. The genre of this book is YA which I usually don't like to read because a) it reminds me of how old I am getting and makes me pine for my lost youth and b) YA books are often set in and around schools and since my school years were not particularly happy, I don't especially want to be reminded of that. The theme of the book is based around a teen who, after [...]

    6. Taylor Adams is a sixteen-year old gay high school student who is head over heels in love with his first boyfriend Will. Unfortunately the joy that he feels about his first romance is not shared by his parents. They are devout, fundamentalist Christians, and they thus believe homosexuality to be an abomination. In an effort to cure Taylor of his homosexual proclivities, they elect to send their son to a six-week, faith-based, behavior-modification program called "Straight to God".This is the sec [...]

    7. At first I was afraid, I was petrified that I would not like this novel by Robin Reardon. The main character, Taylor, comes out (by accident) to his well-meaning, staunchly Christian parents - and they send him off on a six week programme designed to "correct" him. This made me very uncomfortable, having an idea of the damage similar programmes have caused.But Ms Reardon waves her magic wand and sure enough, the mix of complex characters in the programme with Taylor starts to become interesting [...]

    8. I'm torn on this book. It's not that I hated itbut I didn't like itough some parts were alright. I dunno; I guess I was looking for answers, and this book didn't give me those answers. It was an entertaining read, and a page-turner for sure, but I wanted something more-- something much more real-- again, a truth to it. The book poses arguments on homosexuality and the Bible, but there wasn't much defin-ance in it for me. I'm sorry, but I was really excited to read this and try and figure out som [...]

    9. Thinking Straight, by Robin Reardon is in many ways similar to Alex Sanchez’ The God Box, in that it explores the new sub-genre of gay/teen/Christian fiction. Tyler is a good god-fearing Christian who struggles with coming to terms with his realization that he is gay. With the arrival of Will, a confident, cute new student who happens to be gay and finds Tyler attractive, Tyler’s world gets complicated. Will is also a member of Tyler's church and the two of them engage in a discussion about [...]

    10. When 16 year old born-again Taylor comes out to his parents they ship him off to be deprogrammed. Taylor and his parents seem to belong to one the western mega-churches, which are short on reason, forgiveness and rationality. The program they send him to Straight to God is administered by a freak who thinks gay kids who commit suicide are preferable to living ones. And it gets worse. Taylor's choice at the end really threw me. "There was something really creepy going on in this place, I decided. [...]

    11. This was an pretty interesting book to read for me. I like how for once, it showed religious people defending their sexuality with scripture rather than trying to destroy it. The book gave some interesting view points that you don't see too often. My only real complaint with this novel was the IM lingo it used. That really detracted from the work. Most people don't use IM lingo outside of IMs, and those who do are really frowned upon. Heck, people are frowned upon for using in IMs. If the author [...]

    12. This book was amazing. Not so much because of the concept [gay kid gets sent to a church-run camp for "bad" kids who need to be reformed] because I'm sure that's been done several times. What was really interesting about this book was that the main character is actually a Christian to begin with [not a usual theme in this sort of story] and the journey into this camp actually changes and strengthens his faith. This is one of those books that will make you think, and I'd recommend it to anyone wh [...]

    13. Taylor Adams is a Christian, gay teenager whose parents send him to a summer camp designed to straighten him out. Over the course of the story, he manages to figure out how to remain true both to himself and to his religion. He learns to think strategically about religion. He learns that it's all about love, and he does that in a very surprising way.Per author Mark Kendrick: Thinking Straight is an indictment of dogma and fundamentalism, a vindication of the power of love, and a fresh interpreta [...]

    14. The concept of straight camp is fascinating and bewildering and appalling. The protagonist's parents disagree, though—Taylor is shipped off to Straight to God when they learn he likes boys.Now, Straight to God is not only for The Gays. It's also for people who have committed other crimes againstwell, StG would probably say crimes against God, but let's say crimes against a particular denomination's idea of God. That includes, it seems, people with drug problems, or those who have had premarita [...]

    15. Coming out stories have been told before, both to our satisfaction and to our dismay. What’s refreshing about Robin Reardon’s novel Thinking Straight is the fact that its protagonist, Taylor Adams, never once questions his sexuality and whether or not what he feels is wrong. He’s matter-of-factly gay and in love with another boy, plain and simple. In this story, his orientation plays second fiddle to his relationship with God--uncharted territory for a coming-of-age novel with an openly ga [...]

    16. The setting is a complete insult to any thinking person's intelligence. I kept hoping all the way through this piece of religious trash, why don't you grow a backbone? Escape to anywhere and live on the streets if you have to, but don't put up with any more of this religious tripe. .Depressing and repetitive, it tells the story of Taylor, a young man who let's his father send him to a conversion camp for homosexuals and other misfits. I find it hard to believe that this sort of Spanish Inquisiti [...]

    17. Really, it's all about love.A wonderful mesh of queer and religion, Reardon gives the reader plenty to think about once the book is down.I had some difficulty getting through this book, NOT because it was bad, but because it put people in awkward situations that could have turned out badly/embarrassingly and that is my squick. Our narrator is funny, witty and rather intelligent, which lends itself to a fun story, even when the discussion topics are deep and serious. Ty is taking everything serio [...]

    18. This book didn't snag my interest as I would have hoped. I didn't expect the religious theme to be embedded so deeply in the text, and I felt the whole thing just painfully dragged on and on until the end when EVERYTHINGWENTSOFASTANDSOMUCHHAPPENEDTHATDIDN'TEVENMAKESENSEORMATTERANDTHENTHEBOOKWASOVERBOOM. Aaaaaand I didn't love that. I felt like the idea itself was good, but the focus wasn't where it needed to be. ALSO. -spoiler, read at your own risk-I'm sorry, but there is NO POSSIBLE WAY that h [...]

    19. Ty was a very likeable character, stuck in a very unpleasant situation, and as I was reading I kept hoping and praying that he wouldn't put up with all the bullsh*t. I'm not well-versed in Bible speak, so at times I had real difficulty following the religious discussions, but at least I got my wish. The plot was slow to unfold, which was good because it kept me guessing.This was a really heavy read. It took me three times as long to read this book as it normally would other books of the same len [...]

    20. -Holy! Jesus Freakin' Christ BATMAN!, everyone is gay!-Not to worry Boy Wonder, grab the Bat-Crosses and we'll beat the fairies out them!- ButBATMAN!, we are gay too!- I know kid, but some one has to do the job

    21. First, it was the IM talk. No one, I repeat, NO ONE talked like this. Then it got to be a bit too creepy religious for my taste so I had to bail.

    22. Not a bad little read. Very fast. And a good message. It's good for young gay kids to see characters who are brave, smart and focused on serving others.

    23. Read more at rainbowreviews.wix/reading or on Instagram @rainbowreviewskcWhen Taylor's parents find out he's gay, they immediately ship him off to a camp, called Straight to God. (No, it's not a place for gay conversion therapy.) When he gets there, he discovers everything around him is about Christ and the way the bible accepts, and shuns us from our sins. But when Taylor's roommate starts acting distant, he feels that it's time to investigate (afterall, he's finally out of the SafeZone).You ma [...]

    24. Thinking Straight is a novel that starts out really slow, boring even, and slowly works itself up into a fervor that incorporates some dark themes and quite a bit of tension. It was a page turner for me, which as far as I'm concerned, means the author did something right. Though I should say as well, what ends up happening in the novel is not at all what I was expecting to get into when I started reading it. It's not a bad thing. Just it took unexpected turns.The characters, for the most part, w [...]

    25. The Tasting:Why I bought it:I was browsing the virtual shelves at The Book Depository and came across it. The blurb intrigued.Dislike/like (ending on a high note):Dislike~ Or more of a warning~ I have this fascination/horror with the things people do to each other in the name of religion. This is never more the case when it comes to what some so-called Christian people will do to adults and especially children in an attempt to make them conform to their interpretation of the Bible and Christiani [...]

    26. This was a very interesting read, and a lucky find in the Teen section of Bromley library. The title caught my eye immediately and I borrowed it even though the presentation of the book wasn't the greatest. It was either going to be a waste of the publishers' time, or a rare gem. It turned out to be the latter.This novel follows the story of Taylor, a teenager who gets sent to a Bible camp after he comes out to his parents, who are hoping to "make him straight". In Taylor we have a main characte [...]

    27. Taylor is a young teenager from a really catholic family. He really believe in what he was taught, he believes in God and he loves Jesus, and he would be glad to be part of the church, but there is a problem: Taylor is gay and he is also in love with an high school mate, Will, another teenager who frequents the same church as him. They spend an year hiding their love, even if Will would be more bold and brave than Taylor, and he encourages Taylor to not stay in the closet, to come out but withou [...]

    28. I did really enjoy this book (hence 5 stars), despite the complaints I make in future paragraphs. I guess I'm just a lot better at complaining than I am at praising. This book was very good. I really liked Taylor, and (although we didn't see much of him other than in memories) I really liked Will. I especially liked Will as Taylor remembered him because you can see so clearly how much Taylor loves him. Even when Taylor is eyeing up the other guys in Straight To God, you don't for a second questi [...]

    29. Taylor, the main character, is written with a sweet and endearing mix of naive and rebellious, and it is quick and enjoyable to read. The book only gains any depth when it concentrates on what Christian love should be, and how that should transcend any other part of being a Christian - trumping interpretations of scripture, conventional or outdated social rules, even trumping the idea of morality as a prescribed and unchanging system of human behavior. It offers up a mild sort of moral relativis [...]

    30. This was book I was looking for (and not finding) in Clay's Way A Novel and Geograpgy Club. It deals with homosexuality in an adult and honest way. Not overly simplistic or angsty. Direct, and while still being a youth book it confronts it in an very adult manner.Taylor is not in conflict or any emotional state about his sexuality. It was not simplt getting there, as he remembrence over, but his acceptance is central to the story. It was acceptet in the previews books as well, but without feelin [...]

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