This Shadow Follows Me


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Send the link below via email or IM Copy. Present to your audience Start remote presentation. Do you really want to delete this prezi? Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Comments 0 Please log in to add your comment. He visits his ex-boyfriend, Troy, at his death bed and talks to him about what was unsaid in the past. Alec is haunted by a reoccurring dream where he commits suicide. The only way to live was to put the past behind him and to have his shadows follow him. Universal Themes Although this book is focused around the life of a homosexual boy, the author encourages readers to remember that this is not a "gay book.

The author discusses self discovery and acceptance which are two issues that we can all relate to. The Author's Thesis "Everyone in my family saw homosexuality as something to joke about, laugh at" For Alec to recognize the shadow that lurks behind him To spread awareness and show the many complications and problems faced with diversity in sexuality To show people that they have the ability to either give up or fight for survival "I think the information in there is great for building morals and ethics, but too many people try to follow it like a recipe to get to heaven, not living their lives being happy with who they really are" Gay Rights Are people born gay?

Should the government have a say in who you marry? As of November , 9 states have made same-sex marriage legal: Joseph McGinnis believes that the themes of the novel can relate to anyone, not just homosexuals who are struggling with self acceptance. To ask other readers questions about This Shadow Follows Me , please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about This Shadow Follows Me. Lists with This Book. Aug 04, Rick F. Alec's life story lurks with the self destruction of a family that drove him to crucify himself, in h "Composed from true life events and personal manuscripts, This Shadow Follows Me, is a riveting fiction novel of Alec Andrews and the friends and family that faltered around him. The fact that this novel is semi-autobiographical lends it a feeling of realism not often felt in novels. The journey of self-discovery that Alec undergoes is at times intense and terribly painful, at others times, witty and joyful and at all times deeply engaging.

The most important point that must be made is that this superb novel not be pigeon-holed as a "Gay Novel". Its themes of self-discovery and acceptance are universal, Alec's search for meaning and truth is one all of us undergo to some extent, regardless of our sexual orientation. While Heterosexual myself,I felt myself identifying with so many of the issues facing Alex. The search for self-actualization is a universal trait. Joseph McGinnis has a rare talent for taking very complex human emotions and presenting them in a way in which the reader is both engaged and involved.

A journey well worth taking. View all 3 comments.

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Aug 04, Rodney Rodriguez marked it as to-read. I can't wait to read this. From a paragraph in the description Jul 30, Bree rated it really liked it Shelves: Feeling incredibly guilty that it took me so long to read this, but it was worth the wait. Well written and intense. I won a copy of this through goodreads first-reads giveaways. View all 4 comments. Oct 19, Audrey Arnold rated it really liked it Shelves: I received this wonderfully written book through Goodreads.

Well written, an emotional ride through the life of a young man searching for love, respect, true friends, but mostly someone to trust. This story is a sad reminder that there are way too many young people being disrespected and cast out by ignorant family members stuck living in the dark ages. Aug 02, Sherry rated it it was amazing. Aug 18, Alexis rated it it was amazing.

This Shadow Follows Me by Joseph McGinnis (2011, Paperback)

Very heart felt, had me in tears though and also made me laugh. I love the ending, but I can't spoil it for everyone. Joseph McGinnis has a great writing style that flows very well together. One of those novels that will stay with you. I hope they make this into a movie. Nov 03, Jill rated it it was amazing. Made me really think about my own prejudices. I am a very liberal person, but this novel made me realize I have a lot of growing up to do. Very well written and very power.

Oct 13, Josh rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This novel was something I had to read slow and could not speed read. It was very powerful with a lot of twists and turns. I did not expect this novel to take the directions it did. I am amazed by this story. Even though Joseph McGinnis says it is fiction, I have a hard time believing this is not a true story. You can't make this stuff up. I think the cover does not speak to the novel as well as I expected. It appears as a major dark novel, but in a lot of ways it is very positive. I look forwar This novel was something I had to read slow and could not speed read.

I look forward to other novels from this author. Feb 26, Brenda Ayala rated it it was ok Shelves: I kind of feel like an asshole for saying this, but this wasn't a very good book. But the writing is atrocious. It felt so unnatural, it didn't flow at all.

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Contractions were sparsely used in the dialogue, which is extremely inaccurate to the way people talk these days. Skin color was capitalized, such as "I think they were more surprised by a naked White man running down the hall" or "he was a buff Black guy" which was just odd.

There were far I kind of feel like an asshole for saying this, but this wasn't a very good book. There were far too many passive sentences that just sounded awkward, like "my face smiled" or "A tear fell down my face" instead of just saying, you know, "I smiled" or "I cried". Not to mention really weird descriptions. Earlier in the book there was a scene where the kids were all making sandcastles, and the quote went something like, "we spent the day building sandcastles and breaking them down only to replace them with a sandcastle more profound. I'm not really sure how a sandcastle can be profound, but apparently it happens.

There was just far too much of this stilted writing throughout the book for me to actually sit down and appreciate what I was reading.

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The Author's Thesis "Everyone in my family saw homosexuality as something to joke about, laugh at" The main character, Alec, seems to have been cursed with everything from bickering parents who don't accept his sexuality to boyfriends who either tramp around on him, bore him, or become terminally ill. I feel sorry for those, like the protagonist, whose families' religeous beliefs mean that they disown them and create hate whhere there should be love. Well written and intense. Aug 04, Rodney Rodriguez marked it as to-read. The author hit it on the nail.

It needs a seriously heavy-handed editor or ghost writer. I purposely picked this up to have a sad, maybe tearful read, but one that ultimately maybe had a positive message in the end. Which is kind of what I got, if I could get past all the glaring issues. There were plenty of potential tear-jerker moments but the book just failed to bring any to coalition.

I received this in a First Reads giveaway. I liked this book but had some issues with the way it was written. I thought Alec was telling Troy about his life but at times we was refering to Troy as if he were speaking to him and others like he was telling someone else about him. And I really had a problem with not learning from other people's mistakes. I mean there were so many ways for Alec to avoid getting HIV and he was still an extremely careless person.

I ended up skimming through a big part of this book because it was confusing and I liked this book but had some issues with the way it was written. I ended up skimming through a big part of this book because it was confusing and was getting boring. Oh well it just didn't work for me. There was no flow to the story it was just thrown there for us to try to make sense of it. Needs a great deal or revisions. Feb 07, Ellie rated it really liked it. From the first page you are welcomed into Alecs life with open arms.

The book starts out as a sad heatbreaking story, it transforms into a book full of strength and courage. Full of twists and turns, and plenty of setbacks, with a beautiful ending. It's a fantastic read. I got this through a goodreads competition. I have been living with HIV for 14 years. If I could ever explain in words what my life is like, this book is the explanation. Joseph McGinnis is a strong, compassionate man who has the courage to put his heart and soul on paper. This book is a must-read!

Mar 31, Andreaoflove rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book, omg this book made me really think about life and what could happen for those that do not have the stegnth to survive through the difficult time of life. I think this will never make me fill the same. I can not believe how this book has effected me. I have to tell everyone that may read this be prepared for a great journey. Mar 03, MaDonna Lemmen rated it really liked it Shelves: For some reason I struggled with the beginning probably because the subject is to close to my heart but I'm so glad I stuck it out and continued reading.

Some parts had me in tears and others laughing. The book took a twist I didn't see coming. Such a great ending.

I'm so glad I won this book. It's a keeper for sure: It makes you realize what's important to you. Sep 25, Cbernard3 rated it it was amazing Shelves: The emotions that went through this novel were easy to pick up as I read it.

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I felt a little cheated at the end as the happiness was glossed over and it was so obvious that the main character need some happiness. I guess it was a statement that someone could give him the life that he couldn't give Troy. Aug 25, Alina rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 24, Steven rated it really liked it.

This Shadow Follows Me

As with any book, there is content and execution, and I am going to qualify my review on this one and focus on content. One's reaction to the book's content will depend on one's taste for drama, angst,and an honesty that is rightly described as painful. It is this content that I alternately connected with and sometimes felt overwhelmed by as I read the book. The main character, Alec, seems to have been cursed with everything from bickering parents who don't accept his sexuality to boyfriends who As with any book, there is content and execution, and I am going to qualify my review on this one and focus on content.

The main character, Alec, seems to have been cursed with everything from bickering parents who don't accept his sexuality to boyfriends who either tramp around on him, bore him, or become terminally ill. He's also a bit of a player, but doesn't seem to want to admit that, preferring to view himself as the victim of others. Upon visiting a dying lover in the hospital, his sorrow is temporarily upstaged by a cute bellboy; Alec at times seems to be a hopeless horndog with a heart ever aching for love.

As a book that describes the confusing rites and romantic roller coaster of crazed youth, it is florid, torrid, and spot on; Alec's ambivalence toward those in his life shifts constantly, so much so that one wonders from page to page, "Does he really love this one, or is it the other one now? Alec is presented as being acutely aware of his own shortcomings; in fact, he often seems mired in guilt; the Catholic church hovers in the background of this novel like one more "shadow". Alec is one passionate character with a frequent, endearing tendency to wax poetic: They leave behind our memories in their feathers.

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I love this book's emotionally charged, "go for broke" approach; any gay man will find much to relate to in these pages, even if it is like returning to scenes one might rather not revisit. The ending was both unexpected and satisfying; I recommend this book,despite some minor shortcomings in execution, for are we not all shadowboxers in life? Dec 30, Misty Nordyke rated it it was amazing.

This book is composed from true life events and personal manuscripts.

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It is a fiction novel of Alec Andrews and the friends and family that faltered around him. This story begins with Alec at his ex boyfriend Troy's death bed. Troy was dying from AIDS. Alec tries to tell his story in hopes he can make up for all he could not tell troy while he was alive.

Alec's life story lurks with the self destruction of a religious family who drove him to crucify himself, in hopes that they were correct with the This book is composed from true life events and personal manuscripts. Alec's life story lurks with the self destruction of a religious family who drove him to crucify himself, in hopes that they were correct with their beliefs.

From a homophobic family to a homophobic upbringing, Alec fights to find himself. Alec keeps having this reoccurring dream where he kills himself only to be told he will have to live his life over and over until he stops making the same mistakes.