Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop for
THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM by Dave Connis!
I have a review of the book for you today plus there is an amazing giveaway for you lovely people at the bottom of the post. But first let's learn more about the book!
THE TEMPTATION OF ADAMAuthor: Dave Connis
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
Adam Hawthorne is fine.
Yeah, his mother left, his older sister went with her, and his dad would rather read Nicholas Sparks novels than talk to him. And yeah, he spends his nights watching self-curated porn video playlists.
But Adam is fine.
When a family friend discovers Adam’s porn addiction, he’s forced to join an addiction support group: the self-proclaimed Knights of Vice. He goes because he has to, but the honesty of the Knights starts to slip past his defenses. Combine that with his sister’s out-of-the-blue return and the attention of a girl he meets in an AA meeting, and all the work Adam has put into being fine begins to unravel.
Now Adam has to face the causes and effects of his addiction, before he loses his new friends, his prodigal sister, and his almost semi-sort-of girlfriend.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book and decided to review it. This in no way impacted my opinion on the novel.
I was a little skeptical going into this one: a teenage boy addicted to porn? Sounds like a lot of the guys I went to high school with. But this dealt with the heaviness of addiction without focusing on the "typical" things that people are addicted to and giving the reader an insight into how not everything is black and white. I really enjoyed the story, the characters, and my experience reading.
I liked Adam as a character and thought that he was a good protagonist for this story. I liked that he had his struggles and, although he didn't think they were as bad as some of the other characters, he still realized they were bad for him which made them a struggle. I like when characters can recognize that their feelings and troubles are valued because they are valued as a person. I thought that was a really strong point driven home in this novel.
I also really enjoyed the idea of life happening in all aspects, but especially in the middle. I think sometimes we forget that it is okay to be average or mediocre or just make it through one day after the next. But this novel really acknowledged how great it is to just live your life for yourself and not for the enjoyment of others.
There were some aspects of this that weren't perfect, though. I thought that some of the dialogue felt outdated (like the meme speak) and that there were some heavily dramatic moments that felt a little contrived. But this didn't really take away from my enjoyment. I thought the good outweighed the minor bad things I didn't necessarily enjoy in this one. But I feel like it would be perfect for the intended audience.
Overall, if you want to read about addictions without reading about drugs, then this is the book for you. You'll fall in love with Adam and his struggles while rooting for him and the rest of the Knights of Vice to be able to become the best versions of themselves -- and maybe become a better version of yourself too.
Dave Connis has held all manner of job, from ballroom dance instructor to construction worker. He is now a community manager at Code Corps, a platform where people can donate time, talent, and money to projects for social change. He also works as an assistant youth director at his church, Rock Creek Fellowship. He has a bachelor’s in community development with a focus on international economics from Covenant College. He is a member of the SCBWI. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife and son.
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The winner will receive:
1. 1 finished copy of The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
2. 1 digital copy of Dave’s companion album, Looking for Eden, courtesy of Dave Connis
3. 2 mini journals courtesy of Sky Pony Press
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