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Deposing Nathan af Zack Smedley
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Deposing Nathan (udgave 2019)

af Zack Smedley (Forfatter)

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Heartbreaking but ultimately empowering, Deposing Nathan is a stunning story of a toxic friendship-turned-relationship that explores the layers and complexity of the coming out experience.The summer after eleventh grade, Nate was stabbed in his front yard. The attacker: his best friend, Cameron. Now, Nate is being called to deliver a sworn statement that will get Cam convicted. But the problem is, the real story isn�t that easy or convenient�just like Nate and Cam�s relationship.During the deposition, Nate is forced to come clean about all of the things he�s kept bottled up�like how his aunt isn�t as supportive and friendly as she seems to outsiders, how he cheated on his girlfriend, and how he and Cam are so much more than friends.… (mere)
Medlem:EFitzpatrick
Titel:Deposing Nathan
Forfattere:Zack Smedley (Forfatter)
Info:Page Street Kids (2019), 400 pages
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Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

I’m not crying - you’re crying! (Okay no, I’m totally crying.) Damn I had no idea what to expect with this book. It was next on my list so I picked it up without even reading the synopsis. And wow. I’m not sure how to talk about it without giving too much away. This book is heavy heavy heavy and heartbreaking and there’s a little hope too which I think should always be a requirement in YA and the quickest way for me to hate a book is to take away the hope. And I’ve got hope for these boys.

I need an epilogue though. And a hug. ( )
  zombiibean | Nov 20, 2020 |
It only took about five pages for me to be hooked on this novel. The introduction of both characters instantly made me curious about them; and that increased steadily.

There's been a beating. There's been a stabbing. Nate and Cam have ended up across from each other in a deposition because of the violence that has erupted in their lives. Through the course of his deposition, Nate slowly unravels the events leading up to the violence.

Nate and Cam seem very different, but they connected quickly when they first met. Their friendship begins with a night of talking about everything: religion, families, relationships and science. They fall asleep lying on the trampoline staring up the stars and it seems like Nate feels free and unfettered for the first time in his life.

This isn't an ordinary book, it's not an ordinary tale. Nate is struggling with his "parents"… his father and his Aunt who swooped in when his Mom died. She's controlling, relentless and abusive and his father is absent at best. So, Nate's friendships are important, perhaps the only thing that keep him tethered.

But he's not struggling solely with his home life, he's struggling with his feelings for Cam. During an ill-fated New Year's Eve party, Nate and Cam share a sexual experience that short-circuits Nate's brain. He pushes Cam away because he's incapable of dealing with the emotion the encounter brings up. Nate has all the arguments for why it's wrong to feel anything for Cam…religion, he's straight, it's wrong, it's nothing.

Things begin to fall apart for Nate and then escalate, spiralling closer and closer to the final act of violence that will change everything between them forever. This story is a pretzel-twist of pleasure, exploration and fear of things that are too big to comprehend.

This is one of the most unique books I've read in a very long time. These characters are written so remarkably that I couldn't help feeling like I knew them… as though I'd been allowed a window to their minds.

The prose is sparing and yet beautiful. There are some lovely moments captured from the early days of friendship and the intensity of growing emotion. This story made me angry, and it made me cry and I would read it again in a heartbeat. There are twists, things that hurt because you just don't see them coming. And it's real… it's very real. This is young people being amazing and flawed and fucked up and perfect.

This book may not be for the faint of heart, but it should be read. This book should have the hell read out of it. I can't think of a better word to use but to continue to say how "real" this story is.

There aren't enough stars in the night sky to rate this book properly. ( )
  KinzieThings | Jun 16, 2020 |
This book was an incredibly tough read. Trigger warnings for internalized homophobia, homophobic violence, biphobia, infidelity, gaslighting, and child abuse. This book was emotionally brutal. Definitely take stock of your mental health before getting into it. This book was a gut punch, to be quite honest.

So much about Nathan's relationship to Catholicism hit so achingly close to home. There were moments at the beginning of the book that reminded me of the comfort I found in Catholicism as a teenager, but the majority of the book really reminded me why I cannot be Catholic any more. Why I can't be Christian at all anymore. I respect the hell out of the fact that Nathan and Cam both are able to find an equilibrium between their bisexual identities and their Catholic identities and are able to find some peace in their religion. But I cannot fucking do it. Nathan's absolute anguish over his "sin" and his fear of hell should never exist for anyone. Exploring your identity should not include an existential crisis over what hell is and how overwhelmingly awful it will be for all eternity. I simply can't square the practice of Catholicism as I experienced it and as other people like Nathan experience it with my view of human rights and human decency and this book kind of punched me in the face with that. I really was not expecting it and it made this a tough book to read for me, even as I appreciate what it was doing.

I also really really appreciated the ending. I am so happy that Cam was able to recognize that his relationship with Nathan was bad and that they couldn't keep it up without continuing to tear each other apart. I'm so glad that the abuse the two of them inflicted on each other was acknowledged and that the fact that they loved each other or could love each other wasn't a good enough reason to stay in touch or try to maintain any kind of relationship - platonic or romantic or anything else - once Nathan moved away. Quite often love is not enough. Admitting that and doing what's best for yourself is hard but so absolutely essential. I'm so happy Cam was able to do that and Nathan was able to recognize and accept it as well, even when he really didn't want to. ( )
  irasobrietate | Sep 26, 2019 |
It only took about five pages for me to be hooked on this novel. The introduction of both characters instantly made me curious about them; and that increased steadily.

There's been a beating. There's been a stabbing. Nate and Cam have ended up across from each other in a deposition because of the violence that has erupted in their lives. Through the course of his deposition, Nate slowly unravels the events leading up to the violence.

Nate and Cam seem very different, but they connected quickly when they first met. Their friendship begins with a night of talking about everything: religion, families, relationships and science. They fall asleep lying on the trampoline staring up the stars and it seems like Nate feels free and unfettered for the first time in his life.

This isn't an ordinary book, it's not an ordinary tale. Nate is struggling with his "parents"… his father and his Aunt who swooped in when his Mom died. She's controlling, relentless and abusive and his father is absent at best. So, Nate's friendships are important, perhaps the only thing that keep him tethered.

But he's not struggling solely with his home life, he's struggling with his feelings for Cam. During an ill-fated New Year's Eve party, Nate and Cam share a sexual experience that short-circuits Nate's brain. He pushes Cam away because he's incapable of dealing with the emotion the encounter brings up. Nate has all the arguments for why it's wrong to feel anything for Cam…religion, he's straight, it's wrong, it's nothing.

Things begin to fall apart for Nate and then escalate, spiralling closer and closer to the final act of violence that will change everything between them forever. This story is a pretzel-twist of pleasure, exploration and fear of things that are too big to comprehend.

This is one of the most unique books I've read in a very long time. These characters are written so remarkably that I couldn't help feeling like I knew them… as though I'd been allowed a window to their minds.

The prose is sparing and yet beautiful. There are some lovely moments captured from the early days of friendship and the intensity of growing emotion. This story made me angry, and it made me cry and I would read it again in a heartbeat. There are twists, things that hurt because you just don't see them coming. And it's real… it's very real. This is young people being amazing and flawed and fucked up and perfect.

This book may not be for the faint of heart, but it should be read. This book should have the hell read out of it. I can't think of a better word to use but to continue to say how "real" this story is.

There aren't enough stars in the night sky to rate this book properly. ( )
  Charlotte_Kinzie | Jun 20, 2019 |
It only took about five pages for me to be hooked on this novel. The introduction of both characters instantly made me curious about them; and that increased steadily.

There's been a beating. There's been a stabbing. Nate and Cam have ended up across from each other in a deposition because of the violence that has erupted in their lives. Through the course of his deposition, Nate slowly unravels the events leading up to the violence.

Nate and Cam seem very different, but they connected quickly when they first met. Their friendship begins with a night of talking about everything: religion, families, relationships and science. They fall asleep lying on the trampoline staring up the stars and it seems like Nate feels free and unfettered for the first time in his life.

This isn't an ordinary book, it's not an ordinary tale. Nate is struggling with his "parents"… his father and his Aunt who swooped in when his Mom died. She's controlling, relentless and abusive and his father is absent at best. So, Nate's friendships are important, perhaps the only thing that keep him tethered.

But he's not struggling solely with his home life, he's struggling with his feelings for Cam. During an ill-fated New Year's Eve party, Nate and Cam share a sexual experience that short-circuits Nate's brain. He pushes Cam away because he's incapable of dealing with the emotion the encounter brings up. Nate has all the arguments for why it's wrong to feel anything for Cam…religion, he's straight, it's wrong, it's nothing.

Things begin to fall apart for Nate and then escalate, spiralling closer and closer to the final act of violence that will change everything between them forever. This story is a pretzel-twist of pleasure, exploration and fear of things that are too big to comprehend.

This is one of the most unique books I've read in a very long time. These characters are written so remarkably that I couldn't help feeling like I knew them… as though I'd been allowed a window to their minds.

The prose is sparing and yet beautiful. There are some lovely moments captured from the early days of friendship and the intensity of growing emotion. This story made me angry, and it made me cry and I would read it again in a heartbeat. There are twists, things that hurt because you just don't see them coming. And it's real… it's very real. This is young people being amazing and flawed and fucked up and perfect.

This book may not be for the faint of heart, but it should be read. This book should have the hell read out of it. I can't think of a better word to use but to continue to say how "real" this story is.

There aren't enough stars in the night sky to rate this book properly. ( )
  Charlotte_Kinzie | Jun 20, 2019 |
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Heartbreaking but ultimately empowering, Deposing Nathan is a stunning story of a toxic friendship-turned-relationship that explores the layers and complexity of the coming out experience.The summer after eleventh grade, Nate was stabbed in his front yard. The attacker: his best friend, Cameron. Now, Nate is being called to deliver a sworn statement that will get Cam convicted. But the problem is, the real story isn�t that easy or convenient�just like Nate and Cam�s relationship.During the deposition, Nate is forced to come clean about all of the things he�s kept bottled up�like how his aunt isn�t as supportive and friendly as she seems to outsiders, how he cheated on his girlfriend, and how he and Cam are so much more than friends.

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