Born Different

Born Different

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by F. A. Aitken-Smith
     
 

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Gabe is a young man with a terrible secret: he has what he considers
to be a shameful deformity. He hangs out with a bunch of other
outcasts, some of whom cross the line to juvenile delinquency. Gabe
is an artist, who is betting his future on an upcoming art exhibit at
his school, hoping to parlay his art into a job of some sort when he
graduates,

Overview

Gabe is a young man with a terrible secret: he has what he considers
to be a shameful deformity. He hangs out with a bunch of other
outcasts, some of whom cross the line to juvenile delinquency. Gabe
is an artist, who is betting his future on an upcoming art exhibit at
his school, hoping to parlay his art into a job of some sort when he
graduates, since he has no other particular plans for the future.
While he is working to finish putting together his collection for the
exhibition, he participates in a theft planned and coordinated by one
of his criminally inclined buddies, while pining for the attention of
the lovely, rich and beautiful Grace.

As it happens, Grace's life is not so wonderful, and Gabe's life is
not that bad, all things considered. What is more, the two of them
have a connection that transcends their different backgrounds and
social status. Best of all, Grace actually loves the "deformity" of
which Gabe is ashamed, and encourages him to see himself as special
and gifted rather than deformed.

Grace and Gabe face personal pain and tragedy together, and they
ultimately transcend the barriers of prejudice and class to soar off
into a future that the reader just has to believe will be happy for
both of them.

The writing itself, in terms of evocative visual imagery, emotional
involvement, characterization and thought provoking turns of phrase
was outstanding. I was drawn into the story immediately, and read the
whole thing in only a couple of days: I couldn't put it down. It made
me squirm in places at the meanness, filth and squalor in which some
people live. It made me smile when surprisingly good things happened
that I didn't expect. It made me cry with both sadness at the
unnecessary shame that too many people carry around in their daily
lives, and with happiness when characters were able to get past their
fears and shame, rising to a new level of existence.

This was not the kind of story I would ordinarily have read, but
before the end of the first chapter, I was hooked, and I became more
enthralled by the story as it went along. Yes, there were some
stereotypes, but the front-and-center characters were compelling and
three-dimensional, and I cared about them deeply. It was
heart-breaking to read about so many people hiding so much pain, so
unnecessarily. Every time they stepped out and let go of their shame,
they inevitably found love and affirmation. Why is it so hard for
humans to allow themselves to be happy?

In the first third of the book, I found myself thinking of Gabe as the
Holden Caulfield for a new generation. By the end of the book, I found
him to be much more than that. The redemption that his presence brings
to his world borders on Christological, without being religious.

I was inspired and humbled by the story. I'm happy to recommend it.
Be sure to have some tissues on hand

Gabe hasn't had it easy so far in life. His father left him before he was even born, the girl he loves doesn't know he exists and his friends seem hell bent on getting him into trouble. To top it all off, Gabe has a secret he would rather take to the grave than reveal.

But secrets are revealed, painful truths are uncovered that, far from healing, drive each individual to the edge, to depths of despair, to self harm in all its guises, to thinking the unthinkable to end it all.

Destined to become a cult classic, Born Different, is a tale of one boy's struggle to fit into a world he feels he doesn't belong.

Born Different is an inspirational book for people that wouldn't read inspirational books.
Born different questions it all.... Authority, Society, Morality, The brainwashing of consumerism of the modern world and the mental illnesses that abound.

All wrapped up in a modern urban gritty fairytale like love story that will keep you turning the pages till the end.

You might like it, it might just open your mind, it might just help you realise what you have to change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011506802
Publisher:
F. A. Aitken-Smith
Publication date:
08/17/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
278 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Faye was born in London, UK. She believes everyone's own life to be the greatest work of art of them all.

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Born Different 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is quite thought provoking. It begs you to look at yourself and take the time to think about your life and where you plan on going. It is not a simple read for ditsy teenagers who only read books about vampires, romance and other fluff (not saying I don't read the occasional fluff novel to fill my time when I have nothing better to read). It is an intelligently written 500+ page novel that focuses on a character whobegins to realize that he isn't living up to his own expectations of how he wants to go about living the rest of his life. A fantastic book I would recomend to anyone who doesn't mind a relatively slow read that is thought-provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story idea was interesting but it wasn't really developed. The author seamed fond of using the book as a way to share her veiws on the homogenization of sociaty and the efforts to erase the individual and the creation of a world where everyone is dumbed down. Rants about it were many and after the first one needed to be skipped. The story line had a lot of potential but it just didn't live up to expectations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow starter. Great concept. Beautiful love story. Odd writing style. See blog for details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, have heard feature film already in pipe-line, most exciting and real book despite the fantasy elements. Not for 'The Middles' already too brainwashed in a routine to realise the prison they live in. Look forward to reading more from this writer who has a deeper level of thinking and connection than normally presents itself in this beautiful and unnecessarily hostile world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, in my opinion, was truly amazing. It had a great story and from the beginning it had my full attention. I would, however, not recommend this to anyone who doesn't like to think much. But for those of you who do, you should seriously read this book. It will make you wonder about the real meaning of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storytelling was good; the beginning was intriguing; the concept was interesting; the main character was, for the most part, believable and relatable. The author definitely has a lot of talent. However, the author definitely does not have good editor. The grammar mistakes were more consistent than the plot, and the author seemed incapable transistioning smoothly from one thought to the next. I had to stop reading because I was so put off by the stilted organization of ideas. I would probably not recommend this book to most people. However, if I saw another book by the same author, I would probably give it the benefit of the doubt; provided that it was free, of course.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should totally be a movie someday. I highly recommend this book for 12 and up. Unless u are a really wierd 11 year old...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing in the description was mixed up and a little confusing at parts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not to sure about this one kinda confusing skipped around alot did'nt really hold my attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How is th titel creepy,i meen like, Born Diferant,noooot creepy!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys do know this is for reviews on a book not rle play about one of my favorite series "Nightshade". I understand that its all fun and games but come on. It is getting a little old when this is all i see on every review. I want to know about the book not some pretend werewolf slut who cheats or what not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me laugh, tear up, and think deeply about things. K love Gabe and his friends. It use to be free but is well worth your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story. It conveyed to me the reality of life and how each of us always hide part of ourselves, even to those we love the most. It is only when we are able to share the secrets of our souls that we become truely free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting book with a unique story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book, but it was free a long time ago which suks cuz it got erased
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gabe has wings!!!
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The description dosn't realy describe anything.
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I didn't get it.
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I abosolutly loved this book. Gabe sees the world how it really is and tries to function in a society where he isn't accepted. He shares his philosophical veiws and that is really what I love about him. Read the book if you love the unsual and different!
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