Book Review | The Book of David
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this novel.*
Title: The Book of David
About the Book:
His secret is his downfall. A riveting, first-person tale in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky.
The author of this fictional diary began writing for a class assignment, but soon it became much more to him. As the star player of his high school football team, he faces a lot of pressure and expectation. Not to mention the secret that he’s harboring inside. The secret that could change everything.
And as David quickly learns, nothing stays secret forever.
His innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary he left behind.
The Book of David was the second book by Anonymous I’ve read. The first one was Letting Ana Go. It’s written in the first person point of view in a journal style. In this story, David has a big secret that is eating him alive. He begins writing out his thoughts and feelings in a journal which initially began as a school assignment. It’s through his journal writings that we learn more about David, his friends, family and his inner turmoil.
It’s not a spoiler if I tell you what his secret is since you’ll learn within the first few pages of the book. David is attracted to the same sex, but is scared to even admit it to himself.
The story is set in motion when a new student named Jon sits near David in English class and loans him a pen. David feels an immediate attraction and can tell that Jon reciprocates. On the outside, David lives a charmed life. He’s a football quarterback with scholarships pouring in for colleges that want him. He has a beautiful girlfriend, Monica, who is a popular cheerleader. He has his best friend, Tyler, who he has known since childhood. His home life is alright too with his mom taking care of the family like a “Martha Stewart”. His dad takes him hunting and watches sports with him, but drinks quite a bit.
David has always known he was different. Deep down inside he knew that he liked the same sex and he built an elaborate facade to look “normal”. I felt for David and I really wished that he could own who he truly is deep down inside. Meeting Jon and discovering they both had feelings for each other forced David to come to terms with who he really was.
I understood his fear though. His parents are homophobic and he knew he would be ridiculed by his peers in high school. The book shows David’s journey as he comes to terms with his true identity and makes his peace with it.
I loved the book. The secret flirting between Jon and David reminded me of my own “honeymoon phases” of my past relationships. It was a touching to watch them fall for each other and figure out the challenges in their way.
Though The Book of David is a YA novel, I really enjoyed it and read all 250+ pages in two sittings. I think my teen daughter would enjoy it too and she plans to read it this summer.