It’s 1976, and Anita Bryant’s homophobic “Save Our Children” crusade rages through Florida. When Andy Hunsinger, a closeted gay college student, joins in a demonstration protesting Bryant’s appearance in Tallahassee, his straight boy image is shattered when he is “outed” by a TV news reporter. In the months following, Andy discovers just what it means to be openly gay in a society that condemns love between two men and wonders if his friendship with Travis, a devout Christian who’s fighting his own sexual urges, can develop into something deeper.
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An interesting read. This is the first book I've read by Jere' M. Fishback and I found it interesting. I know that's not a terribly descriptive word to use when reviewing a book but I'm not sure how else to describe it. I haven't read many other stories that were quite like Becoming Andy Hunsinger. My go-to reading is just about anything in the romance genre – from sweet to scorching. When I read the synopsis of this story originally, I didn't really know what to expect of the book, just that it sounded interesting. The book reads like a diary or memoir of Andy Hungsinger's life and is "narrated" by him. It is a very personal account of everything he goes through in 1976 after deciding to live his life as an openly gay man. The story carries a content warning: "This book contains scenes of dubious consent and mentions of suicide." Even though I knew it would be coming, when I got to the section that contained the "scenes of dubious consent" I still had to stop reading for a few minutes. It wasn't particularly graphic but it didn't take much imagination to know what was happening and I just wanted to shout to Andy – don't do it, don't do it! During most of the story I was thoroughly absorbed in it but there were a few times, beyond the 60 percent point, that I found my attention wandering. This may just have been me and not the book at all. I had to stop reading so I could get some sleep, and I didn't really want to stop at that point. Had I been able to read it straight through the last 40% may have kept my attention a little better. All-in-all, I found this book to be a very interesting and engrossing account of a young man's life as he discovered himself and began to live the life that made him happy. An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***