The God Box

The God Box

Book - 2009
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High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet he says he's also a committed Christian. Talking to Manuel makes Paul reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and listening to Manuel's interpretation of Biblical passages on homosexuality causes Paul to reevaluate everything he believed. Manuel's outspokenness triggers dramatic consequences at school, culminating in a terrifying situation that leads Paul to take a stand. Lambda Literary Award-winning author Alex Sanchez tackles a subject ripped from the headlines in this exciting and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be both religious and gay.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed
ISBN: 9781416909002
Branch Call Number: YA Sanchez
Characteristics: 248 pages ;,21 cm


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Jan 03, 2019

I'd like to compliment Alex Sanchez for writing this YA novel. But I have to disagree with the other reviewer: I found the conservative Christian angle very off putting and heavy handed. Perhaps my own upbringing in a Pentecostal church has colored my thinking here. I do enjoy LGBT YA novels, but seems like they're either A: All sweetness and light, with teens who attend (mostly) open/accepting schools and have supportive parents (think Love Simon or Openly Straight), or B: The novel is set in some redneck backwater with lots of religion and repellent homophobes in the background (like this novel, or Aesop Lake).

Feb 13, 2016

A well written and believable story that wrestles with the real anguish some individuals feel being gay. A really great read!
In reality, it doesn't matter whether one is gay or straight! We're all just people...

x4053009162 Mar 31, 2015

A beautifully written book that really shows you how you can love god and yourself (homosexuality and all). Thought provoking, it deals with scriptures truthfully and honestly calling you to question for yourself and understand more than you did before.

FindingJane Sep 21, 2014

“Sex and religion don’t mix. The church should stay out of people’s pants.” With these opening words, the agenda and topic of this novel are presented right up front. You can’t say you don’t know what you’re getting into here.

This is an anguished and moving account of a modern problem that is of acute interest to today’s youth. It deals with the topics of religion, sexuality and bullying with sensitivity and truly accurate characterization. The reader is plunged headlong into the life of one conflicted Paul (aka Pablo), who is trying to come to grips with his closeted homosexuality and the mixed messages he gets from everyone around him. It’s impossible to remain removed from his mental struggle as the writer vividly renders his crisis of faith, his growing erotic attraction to a classmate and his tortured dealings with his girlfriend.

This novel shows just how much a gifted writer can make unusual readings enticing and absorbing. Even though I’m not of the faith, I didn’t find the fair amount of Biblical text in this novel off-putting or heavy-handed. The writer makes it clear that Biblical teachings shouldn’t be swallowed wholesale but that they can withstand study and questioning. I therefore believe that this book would be of interest to many teenagers and also adults who wish to know more about Christian text and/or adolescent concerns. When a book makes you think this much about matters outside your normal interests, it’s worth passing on to others.

MSZD Mar 09, 2013

A beautiful book If your christian and gay just makes you closer to god

Mar 01, 2013

very well written. god box is probably my favourite sanchez novel. i recommend this book to anyone wanting a deep plot with relatable characters

Sep 06, 2012

i luv this book! its so awsome ugh! but i hate that people really jugde gay people. this book is super awsome

BORIGORDITO Jul 11, 2012

i read diz book a few timez n plz i hav it,luv it..............

Jul 21, 2011

I found this really thought-provoking. The story is a cute one.

Jan 16, 2010

One of the best books I've read, and very relevant.


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