It won't be hard for them to see how gay I am. They'll know right off what my sin is. p.8This is a very short book, only a little over 100 pages, but the message is amazing. It is set in the 1970's and so the attitudes and language reflect that. Vincent believes that he is a sinner and is going to Hell because he is gay. He's never even kissed another boy but he just knows. His parents believe that homosexuality is a sin and one that cannot be forgiven and so Vincent believes it too. His parents also ignore the signs that Vincent is gay so he tries to ignore them too. But one day at the new church Vincent meets Robert and develops a crush on him. And as their relationship grows Vincent begins to understand that there is nothing wrong with him.
It was interesting to see the subject of faith and homosexuality explored. Vincent is bought up to think one way and so cannot fanthom any other ideas about what he is. He is afraid of what his parents will think and what God thinks and tries over and over to repent but cannot understand why God won't take the gay out of him. Vincent's faith is a huge part of this book. And I liked the fact that he never loses that faith even when he accepts his homosexuality is not sinful; that he never feels like God has abandoned him, that He is on his side. In a way, Vincent's relationship with Robert is almost secondary. But Robert is a good guy and they are so wonderful together. It is a very sweet. And I love the story that goes with the very pretty cover.