Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

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thumbs_side ) You know those rumors of homosexuality-correction camps? They really did exist. And Conley gives a much-needed look into his experience at one of the most renowned venues at the time. Further, what brought him there; namely sexual assault as well as being a pastor’s gay son.

Fear and shame were brutally forced. Conley truly wanted to change and made a valiant effort in the beginning. However, it wasn’t long before he saw that everything in the camp was based on lies and bullying. Conley made the decision to accept who he was, and had his mother remove him from the camp. They both turned their backs on his father’s protests.

It’s a unique read with a perspective about an issue we don’t get to hear much. On the other hand, I wouldn’t necessarily say the writing itself is my cup of tea.

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