The Dangerous Art of Blending In

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

by Angelo Surmelis

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The Dangerous Art of Blending In 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Ed Baran More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by a friend and was unsure of how I'd feel reading it... it has a few trigger topics - homophobia, abuse and it's about an immigrant family. I honestly was not sure I would relate, or if I'd even want to take in the other horrible stuff. Well, what I can say is that a few weeks later this book still lives in me - it's one of those books that really makes you think - haunts you... but in a good way. This is mainly because of the characters and the love between Evan and Henry - it's unique, sure, but at the same time, completely typical teenage love... their love is not written as a gay love... it's just love and the other thing that stays with you is the message - one of hope... for all of us. The books offers a lot for people looking to learn, too - if this is not your go-to book and if this is not your world, you'll embrace it - if you're open and do not put your own "stuff" on it (but if your "stuff" does creep in - listen to it, learn from it) - just take it in, take the incredible journey, educate yourself on the things that feel uncomfortable... and look around your own life and see where people may need help - - - because it may just be you. I can not recommend this book enough - I think it is a must read for anyone looking to challenge themselves - and definitely an excellent book for teens.
Anonymous 15 days ago
I purchased this book as part of B&Ns Pride celebration. I am so glad I did. The characters are so multi dimensional. The main character, Evan begins as a victim but rises as the hero of his own story. A really great book.
momof3boysj More than 1 year ago
A heartbreaking, but yet beautiful story of Evan, a young man and son of Greek immigrants, trying to find his place as he grapples with being gay. Evan's life at home is far from easy--his mother is abusive and doesn't believe in his dreams, his father is passive toward his mother's behavior. His life at school becomes harder as suspicions arise regarding his sexuality and that of his friend. His safe place is an abandoned monastery and his greatest secrets are in his notebooks. His fear of being outed as gay becomes his saving grace when it happens--it sets him free to move on, love and accept himself, and pursue his dreams.