No Going Back

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A gay teenage Mormon growing up in western Oregon in 2003. His straight best friend. Their parents. A typical LDS ward, a high-school club about tolerance for gays, and a proposed anti-gay-marriage amendment to the state constitution. These elements combine in a coming-of-age story about faithfulness and friendship, temptation and redemption, tough choices and conflicting loyalties.

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Published by Zarahemla Books
Words: 115,930
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452491660
About Jonathan Langford

I’m in my late 40s, married with three children. Grew up in western Oregon, but I now live in western Wisconsin. I have a BA and MA in English literature from Brigham Young University, but stopped before finishing a doctorate in medieval literature from the University of California at Riverside. In addition to professional writing and editing, I have also taught freshman composition part-time at several colleges and universities.

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Review by: Eileen Davis on Jan. 31, 2011 :
The characters felt real to me, the bishop and his wife, and the teenage boys. The teenagers reminded me of similar friends I had in high school (minus the same-sex attraction). The struggles and truces between the bishop and his wife show how a marital relationship takes work. I enjoyed that Paul did find a way to stay faithful as a latter-day saint and use the power of God to not act upon his same-sex attraction. I'm glad for having read this book to gain empathy for Paul's plight. I think the story could have been done more tastefully without as much profanity and some sexual references; however, I know others might say it was only mild.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Allison Wilkins on June 15, 2010 :
I really appreciated the subject matter. It helped me to better understand the trials/difficulties that an LDS gay person goes through. However, I thought that the book was poorly written, drug on, and had no "climax," so to speak. Boring, and read like a 6th grade essay. It's $6 I wish that I could have back. ;)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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