Getting Gay

Rated 4.13/5 based on 15 reviews
Noah Henderson's mother marries a man she met on the internet and his life becomes much different. He is moved to Utah and baptized. When he meets Chase, Nick, and Andrew, he does not know the true horror of what they had in store for him. Getting Gay is a book about religious extremism; overcoming sexual assault; and coming of age. A sometime soul wrenching, and other times heart warming read. More

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Words: 49,340
Language: English
ISBN: 9781548171018
About Bryce Hunter

The author of Getting Gay, Bryce Hunter was born on December 21st, 1990, in Oregon City, Oregon. He was raised in Utah, but currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand. Growing up he loved reading anything he could get his hands on. In the back of his mind he always thought he would end up writing a novel, but didn't seriously attempt to do so until He was 21. Now he loves to write stories, and has no preference for what sort of books he writes; they could be any genre at any time, depending on what he feels like at the moment. To follow him on Facebook you can find his page here: https://www.facebook.com/brycehunterfans/ or go to his website: www.brycehunterbooks.com

Reviews

Review by: Brenda Maxwell on Nov. 25, 2017 :
3.5 stars
"Getting Gay” was an interesting experience for me. On one hand, the premise is very unique, emotionally powerful, well thought-out and executed, and the writing was itself excellent with narrative that is raw, edgy, gritty and real. But I felt that at times the dialogue with the characters felt sort of unnecessary, and there were some parts that I thought were a little over the top and almost unbelievable. It took me awhile to get into it, but I will say that once I did I was hooked! I also felt that several (but not all) scenes and situations and conversations didn’t add enough value or tension to the overall plot (or they could have been consolidated). I think the ending was far better than the beginning, and once I was done I was glad I’d read it because there really is an important story here that should be read and appreciated. I think this author actually has a ton of potential and I can see a lot of people enjoying this, despite the dark subject matter. Many young men have suffered sexual/physical abuse and it is nothing to be ashamed of – and reading about a character who faces these awful situations and overcomes them is an inspiring and empowering experience. Lots of language and some sensitive scenes, so best recommended for very mature teens or adults.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: NicolaFlood on Nov. 23, 2017 :
I personally thought “Getting Gay” by Bryce Hunter was really good and this is really not usually the type of book I’d gravitate to. And in the beginning, I admit that I really wasn’t sure where the story was going but once I was about a quarter of the way in I was totally hooked and didn’t want to stop until I’d reached the end. I would describe this as an angsty character- drama, but there is lots of story development, bad things that happen, and then some redemption, coming to terms with bad situations that affect someone on the deepest level.… lots of conflict and unexpected twists, so you will definitely stay interested. And I like how Bryce Hunter writes in a way that you can totally picture everything, almost like we are watching a movie. It’s told in 1st person, from Noah’s POV and I think for the most part it worked well. Very happy with the ending as well, even if it’s not exactly a “happily ever after”. Feels real and it is up to us as the reader to imagine where it went from there. Still some unanswered questions and some plotlines that I wasn’t really happy with the resolution, but it wasn’t awful. Even though this is a book about young adults, it is quite graphic in terms of sexual situations and abuse and language.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: TabithaParks on Nov. 22, 2017 :
I’m having a hard time coming up with words to describe this book by Bryce Hunter – because while I very much enjoyed it, that sounds like a strange term to use considering the serious subject matter and hefty issues dealt with here. Deep and profound and shocking and jaw dropping and addicting….. one of the most interesting and unforgettable ensemble of characters I have encountered lately. From villains to love interests, friends and family, and the relationships with the characters and the authentic, frighteningly realistic world-building Hunter creates is downright phenomenal and truly more profound and with much more substance and introspective than most YA books. This is not just some mindless cliché ‘coming-of-age’ book, but deeper, touching but also uplifting. Covers such a wide range of subjects--one that actually teaches us something about life and the human condition – good and evil-- and shows us the ‘bigger picture’. An unexpected treat, and I look forward to more from Bryce Hunter soon. Recommended for mature fans of literary fiction.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JohnGoldman on Nov. 22, 2017 :
when I read “literature” books, usually I either like the dialogue, and the narrative seems flat (or too ‘telling’ and long-winded) or the prose is good, but the conversations seem contrived and stiff, or the plot is completely forced. But I liked how seamlessly everything flowed in “Getting Gay” as this made it feel authentic and well- paced, like we are watching a movie or something. Bryce Hunter takes us on an unforgettable, and ultimately fulfilling rollercoaster ride that I won’t easily forget and with characters that will touch your heart and leave a deep mark. Mr. Hunter manages to take a multitude of different scenarios that feel ripped from real life and create an emotionally engaging story that is both highly readable and entertaining – even when being shocking or upsetting. It definitely has its very dark moments as well, but serves well with the plot. Language and adult situations so most suitable for very mature teens on up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Essieh on Nov. 19, 2017 :
"Getting Gay” by Bryce Hunter is a really good, different read with an interesting and plausible concept. And just when I thought I had read every possible angle and storyline a book like this could possibly take. I was so wrong! Make no mistake, there are some familiar themes and standard literary tropes happening here, (troubled childhood… abuse… sexual problems, friends/romantic drama…, coming of age, etc…) but done with a sense of newness and unique to this storyline that is incredibly unusual and even groundbreaking in a way. At times I almost felt like it was too much, although Hunter describes it very well, and I know it’s instrumental to the plot and with what is happening with the characters. It’s just sometimes the conflict seemed like overkill when I would’ve preferred to maybe see a deeper emotional relationship build between the characters instead. I just didn’t ‘feel’ the connection I was supposed to. But I can say that the writing is excellent -- very descriptive and evocative. Needs light editing however. This is a very fast-paced read with a great balance of dialogue and narrative, but is memorable and entertaining and absolutely worth the time.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Anabella Johnson on Nov. 15, 2017 :
4.5 stars
"Getting Gay” by Bryce Hunter was a different type of book for me as I’m not a huge literary fiction reader, although I do enjoy the genre (I prefer thrillers/suspense). But I thought the description sounded really interesting, and the cover really caught my eye (I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but it did catch my attention!) So I thought I’d give this a try and see how I liked it. That said, here are my thoughts: I liked that it was very well written and had tons of intense emotional action and unexpected twists. Everything felt “authentic” from the characters, the religious (Mormon) world, the relationships, the social mechanisms, the experiences, the scenes and detailing of everything in Noah’s younger years, to later when he really experiences his ‘problems’… It wasn’t predictable at all… and it kept my attention the whole way through. Had some really dark moments, but some pretty amazing ones as well. I don’t think I was able to stop reading the last 30% or so! Some complaints were there were a few characters that didn’t feel like they were all that developed. There were times that I grew weary of reading about inconsequential details or conversations that added little to the progression. Some plotlines felt unexplored/unfinished to me. But I did appreciate the brutally honest, edgy, multi-layered plot – it forces you to pay attention and actively engage with Noah’s story. So not some easy breezy fluff beach read, but to my surprise I found myself really sucked into the story, so much so that I shed a few tears and may have cursed a few characters along the way. Was happy with the ending and even a little bittersweet and vague. I felt so invested in this world and these characters. Overall an enjoyable read that I’d recommend to others, and I’m really glad I gave it a shot. Will read more from this author anytime. Adults only.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Darla Ortiz on Nov. 15, 2017 :
I think that Bryce Hunter just made a new fan out of me!! Normally I stick to more lighthearted fare, such as romance and fantasy, but this was such an incredible book I had a hard time putting it down at night. And even when I did I couldn’t stop thinking about the things I’d just read (poor Noah!) Admittedly in the beginning I felt it seemed to lack a clear ‘grab’– other than Noah moving and getting a new ‘father’ there wasn’t a big obvious hook right away which normally I need in order to get—and stay—interested. But I found that things smoothed out the more I continued on, and after a slower intro (to really ground us in Noah’s new life, and circumstances the world-building) Mr. Hunter does an admirable job of ramping up tension and giving Noah some pretty complicated, painful experiences and obstacles to overcome. And speaking of world building (the ‘stage’ in which this story takes place)… it is brilliant and the backdrop of Fundamental Mormonism was really eye-opening as I don’t know much about that religion at all. But even when things were horrible for Noah (or others like Reggie), it was still done in a realistic way that felt true to the story and the author’s message. I can totally see this being a movie, although it probably wouldn’t be as good as the book anyways. It just felt like such a big story, one with important underlying messages that I’ll remember for a long time. Recommend for adults as there is a LOT of language and some mature scenes that might need trigger warnings for sexual and physical assault. A must read for fans of literary coming-of-age and family drama.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: CodyB77 on Nov. 15, 2017 :
for me, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break a novel and my enjoyment of it. I need to hear originality and know that the author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but is telling HIS story in a whole new way, whatever that story may be. I feel like I can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I’ve read my fair share of books from authors who are ‘trying’ to emulate better, more accomplished authors in their genre. What impressed me the most here was that I thought that Bryce Hunter’s writing style has the confidence and delightful quirkiness of a seasoned pro… I was pretty surprised to see that this looks like his first (an only?) novel so far. The dramatic, profound and emotionally-charged interweaving plotlines had that elusive ‘flavor’ that only comes when they are fully realized and fleshed out, something that is not easily done, especially in a novel of this depth and magnitude of complex, deep and at times disturbing, issues. Definitely not what I was expecting, but I think I liked it even more this way. The narrative is very observant and the dialogue genuine. Hunter holds nothing back here and while that may rub some people the wrong way, to me that is what made it more memorable. Not perfect, but tells an original and emotionally charged story that will touch you. Will be looking for the next one from him. Recommend for adults only.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jhonni Parker on Nov. 14, 2017 :
woah, what a ride! From the description summary I was a little confused just what to expect, but I just dove on in. Well I was hooked when I read the first chapter, and even though I don’t normally read books where the main character/narrator is so young (it starts when Noah is about 10), it doesn’t feel young and was very easy to connect to right off the bat. I was captivated not only at the level of detailed and imaginative character development across the board (mainly w/ Noah), and watching him grow and change and endure so many things, but also the sheer amount of twists and turns that were in store for us …I tend to lose interest in books rather easily (I have a short attention span unfortunately) But I think that “Getting Gay” by Bryce Hunter is one of the more well thought-out and captivating books I’ve read in a while, even though the subject matter is on the harsher side. I liked how he writes very descriptively what the characters are feeling and experiencing and with great energy and detailing. I kept wondering how it would all wrap up, and if it would work out… and while I was happy with some things, I was disappointed with others. But that’s what made it so good I guess. Note, this has a lot of “adult’ scenes and language Not gratuitous at all, but definitely intense. Just a fair warning. Recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: GillianHancock on Nov. 13, 2017 :
as I read this book by Bryce Hunter I found myself completely taken away from the safety of my ‘real life’ and transported to another world, completely forgetting where I was. An epic-feeling literary novel with more profound and somewhat ‘eye-opening’ sub plots than many others I’ve read in this genre, with a dynamic cast of characters each of whom have their own stories to tell and conflicts to overcome. Gritty, honest, deep, intense, disturbing, shocking, uplifting and empowering… Way too much to delve into here, but this is a book that affected me on a deeper level than I ever could have anticipated and will haunt me for a long time to come. If you are looking for a unique take on drama and relationships and family conflicts with a darkly psychological literary vibe, look no further. The only weak spot for me was the pacing at times, and some editing issues. Touches on some very sensitive issues regarding religion, abuse, homosexuality and sexuality. Best suited for ages 18+ only
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stacy Decker on Nov. 13, 2017 :
this book has it all. Great writing, characters who feel real and are flawed and fascinating – each one brings something new to the table, from Noah to his stepdad, Emily, and even Nick and Chase (ugh) and everyone else in between… Profound and emotional and exciting all rolled into one with lots of OMG moments (with just about everyone!). Great story line and incredible detailing throughout. One thing I noticed that was different about this book as opposed to others in the genre I’ve read, was that in this one it didn’t feel ‘safe’…. I never had the feeling that everything was going to be just fine, and it certainly wasn’t. It was this constant subtle tension that was believable—not contrived—that really sold it to me. To be honest, I’m not sure what to make of the ending… seemed a bit abrupt and almost anticlimactic after all that had happened. Not terrible, just felt flat and I wanted more. Some proofing things that I noticed as well. But I like the overall storyline and glad things ended up the way they did. But the whole experience overall was definitely one worth having and one I will not soon forget. Recommended for mature readers probably.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Ryan on Nov. 13, 2017 :
"GETTING GAY” had such great FLOW from beginning to end. Never a dull moment, and every scene smoothly transitioned to the next, even when moving through different time periods or Noah’s experiences with different people, making it really hard to ever put down, as I was always totally engrossed in this story. And wow, what a well-written and nicely executed plot! Every time I think I can tell what’s going to happen, I was thrown for a loop. Even though we know some characters (no spoilers) are no good I was still surprised by the level of depravity and some of the horrible acts that are revealed as the story unfolds. I’m so impressed with this author Bryce Hunter, and how he brings so many important elements together in an awesome mesh of complex emotional drama, important issues, authentic settings and characters, and with a great cohesive storyline tying it all together which is no easy feat, especially with a novel that touches on some pretty heavy things. If you are looking for something that will take you away to another time and place and make you FEEL something… love, anger, horror, satisfaction, hope.... this one will not disappoint. This is the first novel I’ve read from Bryce Hunter and I hope to read more from him soon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Matthews on Nov. 13, 2017 :
Oh my, where to begin…seriously, this is a super hard book to just sum up my feelings in a few sentences. Well, I read it in one week if that’s any indicator, and I have extremely limited reading time. But who needs sleep? I enjoyed the narrative voice and tone of the author, Bryce Hunter. He writes in such a way that we just get pulled in and lost in the story right away, and see everything unfold around us. It’s a slow building explosion of unpredictable events and unique characters who are believable, yet act in unbelievable ways at times. If I only have one gripe it’s that it seemed weirdly anticlimactic to me for some reason, like the emotion was sucked out of the ending even though it was the most dramatic. And it felt so quickly “over” at the end. The narrative is very good, but could use light proofreader (and some formatting is slightly off, but no big deal really). Great, authentic dialogue and some of the most clever, flawed, genuine, and well-developed characters I’ve read in a while. This is a book that when you are done reading it you feel different... it almost changes you, how you feel and think. But in a good way. I like a book that challenges me outside my normal comfort zone and “Getting Gay” did it in spades. I for one am ready for more from this talented author soon!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Brewster on Nov. 12, 2017 :
I don’t really know how to best describe or sum up “Getting Gay” by Bryce Hunter because I have a lot of conflicting impressions about it. Some parts I thought were simply amazing and perfectly executed, beautifully written and profoundly emotional and insightful—surprisingly so. But sometimes I felt that the story seemed to lose focus and wandered all over the place—like the focus of the book was always changing. There was a dark, human nature element that was powerful, and spoke to me on a deeper level than just a run-of-the-mill family drama/coming of age/literary novel. There were great characters who added to the plot and tension, but also some who just seemed to take up space and I didn’t feel enough of a connection. In the beginning, it took me a long time to feel grounded in the story and get a feel for what was going on, but I do commend Mr. Hunter for the way he gradually did the world building, starting us when Noah is quite young, and taking us through several stages of his life to really experience it as he lived it. This is far better than just ‘telling’ us what happened and dumping it all on us at once. The storyline always felt very original and like it had a higher purpose…makes you think outside your comfort zone and realize just how people’s lives can be affected by abuse and how they treat others. There are some disturbing scenes, and at times I thought that there could be deeper development on some issues. The ending felt too ‘unfinished’ to me, even though I feel like that is the authors’ intention – to let us come to our own conclusions how it ends up with Reggie and Noah. But I prefer more closure. When I was done, I will say that I enjoyed the experience and I would be interested in reading more books by Bryce Hunter.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Steph Coleman on Nov. 12, 2017 :
4.5 stars
In “Getting Gay”, author Bryce Hunter creates an incredibly fascinating, emotionally complex world that once we visit, we don’t want to leave anytime soon! But some really terrible things happen, and this is not a ‘light and fluffy book”, but more of an edgy, gritty one that sheds light on the darker side of life. Some of the best, most realistic and genuine characters, I’ve encountered in a long time, anywhere, and I thought the narrative and characters were wonderful, and could picture everything happening perfectly. I think the story as a whole could have benefitted from some tightening, and at times it seemed to lose some focus (several scenes just felt like filler, or chit chat that didn’t add much to the plot.). But the interweaving storylines were so dramatic and paced well for the most part. I like how we are not just bystanders in Noah’s story, but engaged throughout. The ending is somewhat open-ended, and I’m not sure how I feel about that, and it as bittersweet in a way. Liked the fast pace and the snappy dialogue that really shows us the story unfolding. Very well written and a worthy addition to the edgy coming-of-age lit-fiction genre. It will make you uncomfortable, but in a good way. Oh and near flawless editing too! Definitely has some sensitive/graphic topics so recommended for older readers (mature teens and older).
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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