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Cevin's Deadly Sin Paperback – February 12, 2014
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Cevin not only spells his name differently, he has a different way of coping with stress. At first the reader might find it peculiar, but not for long. Sally Bosco's talent will have you identifying with Cevin in no time. It will not seem unusual, but just an expression of how we are all different in our own way and acceptance can be difficult to achieve. In places this story will break you heart. At times you will want to stand up and deliver a triumphant cheer. Again, I recommend this novel to anyone who is or has ever been a teenager.
Sally Bosco is to be commended for sharing such an open, honest, powerful tale, and for doing so with such understanding and tact. This is the story of an adolescent cross-dresser. Cevin is a typical high school student, a young man who just happens to find comfort and happiness in wearing women's clothing. A pair of red panties neutralize any bad energy at school, making his life bearable, and slipping into a blouse, skirt, and heels after school allows him to relax and cast off the stresses of the day. There's no confusion regarding gender identity, no lingering doubts about sexuality, no angst over how nature made him, and no questions about fetishism.
This is also a story of being an outsider, something we can all relate to, no matter how we dress, who we love, or whether we're new to town. Sally does a wonderful job of relating the fears and frustrations of Cevin, Amy, and Tessa, making us care deeply for them, without coming across as preachy or overbearing. The struggle to fit in is handled very well, and even if the bullying element comes on a bit too strong, with a final twist I anticipated all along, it does a wonderful job of laying bare just how dangerous being different can be. I honestly feared for Cevin, cried along with him at the biggest set-backs, and wondered whether he would make it through the story whole, healthy, and intact.
There's also a nice little fantasy element to the story that tickled me to no end. In his dreams, Cevin is a Cross-Dressing Superhero in thigh-high boots, fishnets, and a black leather skirt, with a big CD splashed across his camisole. He stalks the night, watching out for those who are different, and delivering justice to their bullies. It's a nice addition to the story, fun and fanciful, but something that also helps illustrate how hopeless he sometimes feels. Given the bullies at school, his mother's ultra-religious attempts to cure him, and the struggles of fitting in, these dreams also provide an important balance to the tale.
I won't spoil the ending, other than to say it's a happy one that reveals a new meaning behind Cevin's Deadly Sin.
I loved this book! It's a terrific addition to YA/LGBT literature in the best tradition of Brent Hartenger and Bill Connigsberg. The plot is engaging and interesting with events building in intensity until I was really aching for the protag. The characters of Cevin and his friends are well developed and three-dimensional and seem like they could be found at any small town high school. Though the settings are not dramatic, they feel realistic with just enough description given to paint a picture in the reader's head. And finally, the writing is accessible and appropriate to a YA audience. Altogether a very enjoyable book I would recommend to anyone of any age.
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