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Coming Out Catholic by [Dunkin, Alex]
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Like all good Catholic boys I care what Jesus thinks. Jesus--both the man and the faith. Following him makes me happy. There's just one issue... I think I'm gay. Well, it's hard to be sure while going to an all-boys school. It could be a matter of simply liking what I know, and really, oh so very much liking what I see all day--guys. Being gay and Catholic can't possible work together. Can it? Coming Out Catholic follows a year in the life of a private Catholic school student as he comes to terms with his sexuality and the dreaded loss of his faith. Armed with sarcasm and his best friend Mark, he prepares to take on the school thug and the awkward social encounters plaguing his late teenage years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3437 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Buon-Cattivi Press; 2 edition (27 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072373L68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proud parent of a young gay man. 5 January 2016
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Great read, any parent should read too get an understand the struggle of a teenager coming out gay faces. It opened my eyes to what they faced and the understanding and acceptance parents need to be willing to give.
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great read. The lack of character name did catch ... 5 January 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
It was a great read. The lack of character name did catch me by surprise at first but his development over the course of the book really drew me in. The use of comedy makes the underlying topics really approachable and the unexpected twist at the end had me double guessing how I judge people.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best YA coming out stories I've read 2 September 2015
By wifie29 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Where to start? This is an incredibly thoughtful and insightful story. What a fantastic read. This hit every high point to make a perfect adolescent journey of self-discovery. There are so many complexities it would be hard to detail them all. Readers should, first and foremost, check their assumptions at the door before beginning. Every part of this is carefully worked to maximize the impact, and there are multiple layers. As a Christian member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I loved the way the story unfolded.

The main character (who is never given a name, lending itself well to the “every boy” feel) is the right combination of largely likable, sometimes irritating, and now and again downright exasperating. He’s so easy to root for as he works through his challenges.

I loved the cast of supporting characters. It was fantastic how in a story set at an all-boys school and featuring a gay main character, even the girls/women were well-rounded. None fell into the too-common tropes. And I absolutely loved Mark, who is the ideal best friend. I really want to read more about him, as I think his own coming to terms with himself and his sexuality would make a much-needed read.

If nothing else, this was worth it for the huge surprise at the end, which I won’t spoil. I was utterly delighted! The payoff, and the lessons learned, were worth the wait.

Everything about this was wonderful. From nail-biting moments at each new coming out to cringing over various dating misadventures to holding my sides while I laughed myself silly, this was quite a ride. Every teen—regardless of orientation—should read this book. Even as an adult, I want everyone I know to read it so I can form a book club and talk about the points raised. Simply marvelous.
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgiveness begins within yourself... 23 July 2015
By QUEERcentric Books - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
After finishing Alex Dunkin’s Coming Out Catholic, I found myself asking where to start. After all, this is an emotional and thought-provoking must-read book for any Catholic teen who may be struggling to reconcile their faith and sexuality.

Coming Out Catholic is told from the perspective of a teen narrator as he grapples with his sexuality. His thoughts are so poignant it feels as if the story is being told by someone who actually lived through these experiences.

As a Catholic myself, I am all too aware of the self-imposed guilt for accepting the so-called “sin” of homosexuality as well as the hypocrisy on behalf of many Catholics of labeling it as a sin when we are called to be loving forgivers.

Though I have never experienced the protagonist’s struggles first-hand, I understand how utterly overwhelming it must be for someone to come to terms with their sexuality while wishing to keep their Catholic faith and beliefs alive.

LGBTQ Catholics must deal with the feeling that they do not or cannot belong as well as try to understand what kind of acceptance they want (social, religious, emotional) and from who (other people, the world, themselves).

Our narrator takes us on a journey of his struggles as a devout Catholic. On the way he deals with guilt for what he may be, fear of being found out, and frustration for not being able to be who he is.

As someone who appreciates his faith, he ultimately comes to feel God would not make him that way if it wasn’t what was meant for him.

Through his experiences, he forms the belief that he is gay and once he confesses to his school counselor Priest, who turns out to be surprisingly supportive, he slowly begins to make his sexuality known. He is not struck down by the wrath of God as expected or met with the rejection he believed would occur.


But as he begins to take the final steps toward accepting who he is, his biggest fears come true: the bigotry of the church and humiliation and shame from the school bully.

The school principal Priest even goes so far as to tell him that he had “a very serious misconception and misunderstanding” of himself and his faith. But the counseling Father challenges and addresses misinterpretations of the bible and reiterates that the Pope’s teachings must change.


We are all sinners and above all else the bible teaches us to love, we are not here to judge what the Lord would or would not approve of. Ultimately our narrator is brought to realize he will need his faith now more than ever.

He begins to explore his new life by trying to determine where he fits in as a gay man, more socially than sexually.

In doing so, he and his friends discover something shocking about the counseling Priest that makes our narrator take note of everything he has learned about himself. He feels accepted in accepting who he is and he realizes that forgiveness begins within yourself.


With Coming Out Catholic, Dunkin weaves a story so profound that you cannot help but understand the realities of struggling to be a gay Catholic teen.

With the protagonist’s every wavering thought or emotion, I could not help but think how much this story could help someone: this story could save someone’s life.

The message of this book is so important. I am sure you will agree that you can easily overlook the numerous missing/misspelled words that at times forced you to re-read the narrative. After all, there was obviously passion involved in the writing!

Dunkin should be proud of this work. He does not gloss over what coming out can mean for some and that some families are not as accepting or forgiving, sometimes the rejections are violent and sickening.

In a roundabout way Dunkin helps you see that what we believe and our faith, is within our hearts and we alone must come to terms with our God and his love and acceptance of us.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading 30 June 2015
By LAS Reviewer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Sometimes there is tension between religion and the sexual orientations of people who aren’t straight. Is this how life has to be, though?

The protagonist was an incredibly funny and self-aware person. He was so well-developed that I actually briefly wondered if this novel was based on a true series of events. While this doesn’t seem to be the case as far as I can tell, that didn’t make me enjoy it any less. I only wish that I could have spent more time with this narrator!

This is a minor criticism, but I would have loved to learn the main character’s name. Not knowing what it was made sense in the beginning because the story was written from a first-person perspective. I did find it odd that no one ever said his name as the plot progressed, though. There were a few times when the flow of conversation really should have lead someone to say it.

One of my favorite things about this tale was how it dealt with stereotypes. The main character was still figuring out who he is as a human being, so there were certain things he didn’t have opinions about yet. His identity was explored with humor and honesty. There is definitely something to be said for acknowledging stereotypes without assuming that they are always true!

I was so interested in finding out what happened next in Coming Out Catholic that I read the whole book over the course of a few days. This is a great choice for anyone who has ever felt deeply conflicted about something important in their lives.
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