- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 153345843X
- ISBN-13: 978-1533458438
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,162,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boy Banned Paperback – May 25, 2016
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Boy Banned is about a group of 5 singers who didn’t make the final cut on a fictional X-Factor type show. They are given one more chance to make the show if they are willing to ban together and form a group. They all decide to take the offer and see how things go.
Corey Dixon hates that he messed up his individual audition for the live show. Being “on the spectrum” makes a lot of things difficult for him. He especially has trouble reading emotions and expressing them which can work against him when it comes to performing live.
Angel Jacobs doesn’t want to go back to the life that’s waiting for him at home – working in the family business. He’s out and proud and giving up his dream will only prove the bullies in his life were right.
As the group comes together Angel has a calming effect on Corey and they form a tight bond – one that is threatened when the show insists that the band can have only one gay member – Angel – and that Corey has to pretend to be something he isn’t.
*****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions*****
This story touched on all of my emotions. The relationship between Angel and Corey is sweet with a bit of heat. Everyone in the band just wants to go as far as they can in the competition. Each character plays an important part in the story but the relationship between Corey and Angel is the main focus.
It was great to see how the other band members came to care for and protect Corey as they moved along their journey in the competition. Corey’s struggles tore my heart out but it was worth it to take the journey with him and Angel.
If you are a fan of RJ Scott’s other stories please read this one, you will love it, if for no other reason than how personal it is to her. If you are new to her books this is a great place to start.
I highly recommend that people buy this book and immerse yourselves in this story. feel the emotion, love, fear at times of failure that these wonderfully unique and special men do. You will fall in love with Corey and Angel as I and many. many others have while reading this.
As a special education teacher and school administrator for 33 years, the presentation of autism, Aspergers and the autism spectrum was beautifully done. Not who Corey was but just a facet of his personality.
I loved the way the entire band pulled together and supported each other's needs and the dynamics of each contestant.
A wonderful story.
Mind you, I don't like watching reality TV, much less singing competitions, not after the Adam Lambert debacle, and there have been books written, which I don't bother to read, to the effect where the setting is in the show and the romance develops between the contestants as well as the judge and contestant. That last one rang a familiar bell, it pealed madly through my memories and it made me giggle.
But this story is not about the competition at all, although it is there, front line and center. The story is about how Corey coped, how he adjusted, how he saw the world... and Angel.
Angel is the rock, the one who held the little make-shift boy band that could. He was the one who rocked the boat, made it steady, made everyone steady, at the expense of his own personal needs. He was focused on one thing and one thing only—to win the competition. Until Corey came into the picture and the rest of the gang joined in, then the target was something bigger, larger than life.
Corey as a character, there are a lot of things going on here that made me cringe, weep, sympathize and nod my head in agreement. There were also a lot of things I learned, things one never reads in text books, or learned in seminars. Things only someone very familiar with the situation can recount with such vivid clarity, it is spectacular.
RJ went over and above this one, I love her works and am a huge fan. I think everyone knows this, but this... Boy Banned... This.
I couldn't recommend this book more and seriously, just the second time this year I can honestly say, multiply the rating by five and there you have it.
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