The Book of David

Synopsis:

His secret is his downfall. A riveting, first-person tale in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky.

The author of this fictional diary began writing for a class assignment, but soon it became much more to him. As the star player of his high school football team, he faces a lot of pressure and expectation. Not to mention the secret that he’s harboring inside. The secret that could change everything.

And as David quickly learns, nothing stays secret forever.

His innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary he left behind.


The Phoenix’s Perspective

I was at B&N browsing for books when I came across a boxed set written by Anonymous – The Anonymous Diary Collection: Lucy in the Sky, Letting Ana Go, The Book of David. Right there my jaw hit the floor — there’s another one and I didn’t know!! Considering that I had read and loved all the other books (the two mentioned in the set as well as Go Ask Alice and Jay’s Journal), I knew that I had to have it.

I have to admit that the basis of The Book of David is very predictable once you have read the description. I knew (as I am sure many of you have guessed) that David’s secret is that he is gay. Although I was interested to see how Anonymous was going to tackle the subject, I was disappointed in the fact that we are essentially placing “being gay” on the same level as the drug/alcohol addiction situations presented in the other books.  The Anonymous Diary Collection is known for giving readers a glimpse into a life on a downward spiral that if not corrected would result in death.  I wasn’t sure how this situation could be seen similarly — I was definitely nervous going into it.

I am glad that I stuck with my gut. I think The Book of David definitely fit into the Anonymous Diary Collection. David was on a downward spiral that if not corrected could lead to death – perhaps not physical death, but his spirit/soul was definitely being lost in the process of holding onto his secret and closing off his true self.  The journal begins with David meeting Jon, a new student at his school.  It then chronicles David as he tries to understand his new feelings as a relationship develops between them.

I have seen another review that lists this book as an embarrassment due to the fact that the author is anonymous and that there is a “positive” close. This view bothers me significantly. Though society as a whole has made progress, there are still so many teens out there struggling with their sexuality and the repercussions of coming out. On top of that, those who are brave enough to face the ignorance around them still have to struggle with the fallout that may (and usually) does occur.  Although David lives through the end of the book and is coming to terms with who he is truly is inside, the ending of his story is not positive.  He has lost almost everything that he holds dear or considers “normal” in his life.

Bravery is defined as possessing courageous character or behavior. As a result, one’s bravery is defined by what one does rather than by making sure others know who it was that did it. Although The Book of David and those like it are written under the name Anonymous, I have to commend the author for bringing to the forefront topics that society tends to want to sweep under the rug as quickly as possible and for targeting an audience that truly needs help realizing the future repercussions of the actions being taken in the present.


Would I add it to the library?

Yes – of course! As I said above, I was excited to read it the minute I knew it was available and I hope that Anonymous continues to write books in this style covering these difficult topics.

 

Genre: Fiction – gay friendship, romance
ISBN: 9781442489851
Rating:  good

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