This book tells the journey of forbidden love. It’s based on the real story of how Garrard Conley (pronounced Jared) was forced to either attend a conversion therapy camp or lose friends and family on account that he’s gay.
The author does a terrific job of not blaming his parents when he talks about them in this book. He wants them to be happy and accepting so he agrees to go to the camp. He doesn’t judge his parents a single time. A quote from the books says, “I’m not going to pretend I hate my father.” He doesn’t hate his family. He’s doing this because he loves them.
The beginning of the book gave a timeline which was super helpful to understand the context of the book. Looking at that timeline, it made me realize how only 16 years ago, there were 250 conversion camps around the U.S.
The good news is that there’s a movie to accompany the book. “Boy Erased,” stars Lucas Hedges as Jared Eamons. I’ve seen the trailer for the movie and it looks absolutely brilliant. I hope to see the movie soon.
This book was probably the most influential book I’ve ever read. Garrard Conley is an amazing author and I’m glad he shared his story with the world. If I were to rate this book, I’d give it five stars on account of plotline, characters and message. The plotline was absolutely stellar. It pulled me into reading more, not wanting to put the book down. The character development that happens in this book is quite clever. Garrard Conley does a good job of discreetly developing the characters as the story goes on. This book was definitely a tear-jerker, but it’s a must read.
By Mia Braico