- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434893952
- ISBN-13: 978-1434893956
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,966,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Irish Need Apply Paperback – March 11, 2008
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Patterson has created an incredible story by linking it with prejudices that happened earlier in the century . . . a must read for anyone who doesn't understand how bigotry can effect people. --Rainbow Reviews
About the Author
Edward C. Patterson has been writing novels, short fiction, poetry and drama his entire life, always seeking the emotional core of any story he tells. With his eighth novel, The Jade Owl, he combines an imaginative touch with his life long devotion to China and its history. He has earned an MA in Chinese History from Brooklyn College with further post graduate work at Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he has spent four decades as a soldier in the corporate world gaining insight into the human condition. He won the 1999 New Jersey Minority Achievement Award for his work in corporate diversity. Blending world travel experiences with a passion for story telling, his adventures continue as he works to permeate his reader's souls from an indelible wellspring.
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In a single up-yours moment, the boys attend the prom as a couple. Now, they have to face their respective mothers--good Irish Catholics--who aren't exactly happy their sons have found their soulmates.
Still, we appreciate Kevin's mom for going through her stages of anger, hostility, why me?, and finally acceptance of Louis, a boy she already liked as her son's friend. Louis' mother is not as forgiving, but we, as readers, hope she'll find it in her heart to love her son no matter what.
This is a nice YA LGBT with moderate swearing, but no explicit scenes.
Downside: Mr. Patterson, please find yourself a good proofreader. Your language is so lyrical and imaginative, it's disconcerting to run across incorrect words and typos.
The author has a way of turning a phrase that is unique and intriguing. I read this book yesterday. I am still thinking about it today and I dreamed a "sequel" last night. It obviously dug it's way into my psyche and I would like to recommend it to others who might like a low key but realistic read about two young men who come of age together and face their future in the same direction. Since this was set in the '90s I would love it if the author would write the same characters, now, all grown up and still together, with the history of their love looking back. That would make me a very happy reader, indeed.
Anyways, if you have a teen or any family member who might be in the closet and be nervous to talk about being gay out of fear, this book would probably be a good encouragement. The book it well written, sensitive an careing, outlining the struggles I imagine a lot of the gay community faces when deciding to tell their secret. I read it front to back. No, had I known what it was about I would not have downloaded it, but I'm glad the title was misleading. I don't regret having read it.
This is a touching account of two high school boys who discover their sexuality in a time when homosexuality was scorned and hidden away. For high school boys who suffered the exposure of their sexual orientation, it in all probability meant brutal consequences from fellow students. Both boys are being raised by single mothers. Both are Irish; not fersh off the boat, but second or third generation living in Linden, New Jersey. Kevin Borden's mother dotes on him, while Louis Lonnegan's mother remains wrapped in her grief of her husband's early demise.
Louis and Kevin meet as "study partners", Kevin being the one to help Louis get a passing grade in American History. It isn't long before the two boys realize they have more in common than American History. Soon, their friendship becomes the gossip of the school. Soon, they beome inseparable, and "first love" blooms.
The boys are faced with many trials and tribulations. First trying to remain "in-the-closet" and keep their secret from their mothers as well as their classmates.
The high school Prom changes everything; and their secret is laid bare by the bold decision made. Their public display at the Prom ends with a little physical attack from a couple of the 'jocks' and a jealous girl. The boys brave through and hold their heads high.
The gossip spread like a wild brush fire. How will Mrs. Borden and Mrs. Lonnegan handle the shame of having "queer sons"?
This book is well worth reading. I have no doubt that every reader will see someone they know; a friend, perhaps a family member. It is a touching story with a well proused lesson for everyone.