professornana (professornana) wrote,

Nothing Pink

After I spoke at the ALAN Workshop, a man approached me and told me he thought I would be the right person to read his book. I took a copy and promised to read it as soon as I could. So, I took some time this morning after cleaning out my closet and doing some of the laundry to read NOTHING PINK (Front Street, November 2008) by Mark Hardy. Vincent is the son of a preacher. It is a difficult position for him as he cannot bring himself to confess his sins in front of the congregation. The main reason is that Vincent is unsure his homosexuality is a sin to begin with. How could the God he has read about and heard his father preach about his entire life want Vincent to be something he is not? And then there is Robert, a young man who comes to Vincent and reveals his own homosexuality. Vincent is certain of his feelings; he is even more certain that these feelings are not sinful.

What I admired about this book was the structure. Each chapter is a scene, one that does not flow directly into the next chapter and scene. Tine passes. Things change. Vincent becomes more assured. His love for Robert deepens. He stands up to his parents, especially his mother. While not quite episodic, the structure mirrors the way life seems sometimes: disconnected moments that tell our stories. Thanks, Mark, for handing me the book. Thanks for sharing the story of Vincent and Robert with me and with YA readers.

Tags: alan, homosexuality, sexuality, ya books
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