Posts tagged Jamie Mayfield
My name is Brian Patrick McAllister, and I am going to hell.
“In Romans 1:24-28, we find that God calls these people and these acts that they perform unnatural—an abomination against him. It says, ‘Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen’,” the preacher cried, slamming his beefy hand onto the straining wood of the pulpit. In response there was a resounding chorus of “Amen!” throughout the small congregation. I looked around and found that they were all, Jamie’s mother included, enthralled by this charismatic, white-haired Baptist preacher. Even though they were fanning themselves or wiping their brows in the sweltering heat of the late southern Alabama morning, their attention never wavered.
Based on the award-winning Little Boy Lost series by J.P. Barnaby and adapted for a young adult audience, Choices tells the ill-fated love story of two high school seniors. Yet, this is far more than a romance novel. That isn’t to say the central relationship is secondary or trivial. Rather, the author touches upon so many issues besides the love between the heroes, from bullying and homophobia, to religion and family, resulting in a book that is both complex and thought-provoking.
As the country’s religious and secular leaders battle over equality in the abstract, Brian McAllister and Jamie Mayfield live in the crossfire. In their little town of Crayford, Alabama, loving another boy is the worst kind of sin. Best friends since childhood, they explore their love and each other in Jamie’s backyard tree house as they hide from the world. They happily plan for the future together—until their lives are rocked when their secret is exposed and Jamie’s family intervenes.