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Out

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by Laura Preble
 
In a society where "perpendiculars," opposite-sex couples, are forbidden, persecuted, freakish...Chris Bryant, a preacher's son, finds himself in love...with a girl.

Chris has always been faithful to his Anglicant religion - even though he's never felt like everyone else, never felt...parallel. And then it happens: he meets her. Carmen. Daughter of one of the

Overview

In a society where "perpendiculars," opposite-sex couples, are forbidden, persecuted, freakish...Chris Bryant, a preacher's son, finds himself in love...with a girl.

Chris has always been faithful to his Anglicant religion - even though he's never felt like everyone else, never felt...parallel. And then it happens: he meets her. Carmen. Daughter of one of the leading Perpendicular prosecutors...the girl he knows he can't live without.

Carmen has always thought the treatment of Perps is barbaric - but to actually be one? To fall in love with Chris and openly admit to it is suicide.

Their only chance to be together is the Underground, a secret society Chris's sister introduces him to that is determined to mount an attack against the social restrictions of the Anglicant church. They want to make an example of Chris and Carmen, two Perps from high social families, to become the catalyst for an uprising that will threaten the traditions of their society's families and church.

But the cost of involvement just might be death for them both.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
Chris is the ambivalent seventeen-year-old son of David Bryant, a fiercely rigid member and minister of the Anglicant church. David and Chris's father, Warren, have raised their son in a faith that recognizes only same-sex relationships, "parallels," and disdains heterosexual partnerships, "perpendiculars." Chris has been a passive recipient of his church's indoctrination and has not much cared about the politics of parallels or their tactics to cure the impure perpendiculars. On a fateful afternoon these worlds collide for Chris when his latent perpendicular nature is ignited upon setting eyes on Carmen, the visiting daughter of a church member. The same afternoon, however, David introduces Chris to Jim McFarland—a much older man and a leader in the church with whom a marriage is to be arranged. Chris quickly discovers that Carmen's passion is reciprocal and that she, as well as Chris's sister, is involved in an underground movement to topple the powerful hierarchy of the Anglicant church. Anglicant leaders, McFarland and David included, are accused of inhumane treatment of perpendiculars. His new love and sense of justice sway Chris into allowing the underground perpendiculars to engineer to kidnap McFarland. And then, things go terribly wrong. Preble's idea is worthy. Turning the world heterophobic effectively flips the reader's perspective and permits her to explore the depth of discriminatory behaviors that are otherwise abstractions for people who are not victims. Unfortunately, the extreme nature of the Anglicant church and the parallel culture—evidence of torture, sexual impropriety, and physical punishments—undermines the overall effect, which lacks credibility. Such sensationalism trivializes the insidious, slower, less extreme, but no less potent, power of milder forms of discrimination that are still widely permitted in society. Unbelievable, too, are most of the characters, including Chris who moves from ambivalent to passionate too quickly for reality. Preble needs to trust her readers to come along for the steady but convincing transformation. Her powers of description make it evident that she is up to the task. This novel is an idea that needs to return to the drawing board. Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan
author of Rainbow Boys - Alex Sanchez
"Out explores an intriguing, mind-bending, and challenging portrait of an upside-down world that turns the tables on homophobia, acceptance, and love."
author of Anyway*, Former Books Editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune - Arthur Salm
"Laura Preble has created a fractured, topsy-turvy world in which 'There are consequences to living a life that someone else wants you to live.' Actually it's not all that different from our world...except it is. OUT is crackerjack YA speculative fiction, a fearless, heavily-themed book that somehow manages to stay light on its feet."
author of the "I So Don't Do" series - Barrie Summy
"Speculative fiction at its finest! Out will make you think long and hard about who fits in, who doesn't, and if any of it makes sense. GREAT, GREAT read!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482023268
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/13/2013
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Preble is the award-winning author of the young adult series, Queen Geek Social Club (Penguin/Berkley Jam), which includes the novels Queen Geeks in Love and Prom Queen Geeks. She has also won a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize, and has been published in North American Review, Hysteria, and NEA Today.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. A love story that I can really relate to. I hope we continue to see more from the "Out universe". Hint hint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A refreshing new look atvthe LGBT struggle. Laura Preble uses language that is easily relatable to teens. I have and continue to recommend this book to reluctant readers, and anyone who is interested in the fight for marriage equality. This is the voice for the millenial LGBT generation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing reversal of society's warped fears of Marriage Equality and homosexuality.  Ms. Preble has  created an excellent opportunity to experience a reversal through the eyes and heart of Chris who falls in love  with "the wrong gender" person......a girl.  This is a short, enjoyable read inside a different worldview that may  provide the reader a few hours experiencing something outside our own warped existence and into another  warped society.   Rebecca
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun and thought provoking read. This work puts an interesting spin on one of today's most debated topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book