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Latter Days Review

Goodreads Description:

“It’s an all-stops-out heart-tugger for sure . . . its emotional wallop is earned honestly and uncompromisingly.”-Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times

Winner of the Outstanding First Narrative Feature Award at OUTFest (the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival), and the Best Gay Male Feature Film Award at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Combine a hunky, repressed Mormon missionary and an L.A. party boy, sensual sex and knowing humor, and the result is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Christian is a handsome, young man who flits from guy to guy without much of a thought in his pretty little head. So when his roommate Julie discovers that the gorgeous group of young men who moved in next door are Mormon missionaries, they bet on whether Christian can bed one of them. Christian quickly moves in for the kill, identifying Elder Aaron Davis as a repressed homo-and quite a sexy one at that. Their initial encounters have a charged sexual tension, but fear of the devil keeps Aaron’s libido at bay. When the two are alone together, Aaron’s Mormon missionary roommates interrupt, spot their brother as gay and send him back in shame to his Idaho hometown and embarrassed parents. But in a heartfelt conclusion that brought festival audiences to their feet, love wins out over fear.

The feature film version of Latter Days will be released in January 2004, starring Jacqueline Bisset, Mary Kay Place, Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss and Amber Benson.

C. Jay Cox wrote the screenplay for the smash hit film Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon, and makes his directing debut with Latter Days, for which he also wrote the screenplay.

My Review:

I loved this book. A friend of mine had me watch the movie a couple of years ago, and when I stumbled across the book I just had to read it, since the movie made me cry, then literally do a happy dance. The book was just as good. I don’t know how well it follows the movie, since I haven’t seen it in years, but I assume very well since the book came afterward.

I loved the characters. I loved how Aaron views his religion by the end, especially when he argues with his dad and other men of the church about polygamy being an “alternative lifestyle” and how the church ignores that history when defining “normal.”

This book reinforced my knowledge that religion is hypocrisy. I’m glad that Aaron learns to accept a less brain-washed version of the world and himself. I do wish I knew more about what happens next, because it was so good!

Rating: 5/5
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June 27, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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