Kevin, I also loved both novels, and for many of the same reasons you did. I actually share perspective with “Boy Erased,” having also grown up Baptist and gay.

By the way, I’ve written a YA novella that treats the subject of gay conversion therapy. It’s very different from “Boy Erased,” but it hits many of the same themes.

If you’re interested, it’s serialized here on Medium.


Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store