Hidden #2020

Hidden When Ahmed s parents send him to a residential treatment center known as Serenity Ridge it s with one goal to fix their son at any cost But eleven months of abuse and overmedication leave him desper
  • Title: Hidden
  • Author: Tomas Mournian
  • ISBN: 9780758251312
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Ahmed s parents send him to a residential treatment center known as Serenity Ridge, it s with one goal to fix their son, at any cost But eleven months of abuse and overmedication leave him desperate to escape And when the opportunity comes, Ahmed runs away to San Francisco There, he moves into a secret safe house shared by a group of teens Until they become indWhen Ahmed s parents send him to a residential treatment center known as Serenity Ridge, it s with one goal to fix their son, at any cost But eleven months of abuse and overmedication leave him desperate to escape And when the opportunity comes, Ahmed runs away to San Francisco There, he moves into a secret safe house shared by a group of teens Until they become independent at eighteen, the housemates hide away from authorities, bound by rules that both protect and frustrate Ahmed, now known as Ben, tries to adjust to a life lived in impossibly close quarters with people he barely knows, all of whom guard secrets of their own But even if they succeed in keeping the world at bay, there s no hiding from each other or from themselves And there s no avoiding the conflicts, crushes, loneliness, and desire that could shatter their fragile, complicated sanctuary at any moment This fresh and original novel defies easy labels It s knowing yet vulnerable, observant yet naive a wholly unique and compelling read Rachel Cohn, New York Times bestselling author Tomas Mournian attended U.C Berkeley A freelance journalist, he s written articles for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Los Angeles Magazine, OUT, In Style and Marie Claire His investigation journalism Hiding Out, Anywhere But There, and Girls Sent to Institutions has been recognized with awards from the Peninsula Press Club, East Bay Press Club and NCCD Pass awards, with nominations by the GLAAD Media Awards and Pulitzer Writing under a pseudonym, his plays have been produced internationally He held the Eli Cantor Chair at The Corporation of Yaddo and lives in Los Angeles.
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    OMG this book is SO annoying, I can t EVEN FINISH IT The author s writing how he thinks a kid boi prolly speaks, aiight, but IDK what teens he s been talking to, because it s really forced and overthetopFor reals.G D, the writing is soooooooooooo Hyperactive and Quirky it s hard to care about the characters or their GRIM sitch Instead I keep thinking, WTF am I wasting my time when I could be reading something that has, IDK, actual grammar Snap

    Ahmed has just escaped from a militaristic boot camp where the function of its operation is to reform homosexual youth He was sent there by his father, who upon discovering he was gay, became intent upon curing him Ahmed fakes a tooth ache, and his father and stepmom come to take him to a dentist When they stop at a rest area, Ahmed makes a run for it He has a hundred dollar bill stuffed in his tennis shoe which he d received from his real mother as a birthday gift He uses this to buy a bus tick [...]

    Ahmed wrote one simple sentence in his journal He knew his snoopy parents might read it He did it anyway Ahmed wrote, I think I might be queer, and with that thought his life changed When his stepmother reads this, Ahmed fears for his life, worried that his family will kill him Instead, they send him to Serenity Ridge, a treatment facility to turn gay teens straight After a year at Serenity Ridge, Ahmed is on his way home, but he knows it won t be long before he s sent back He does what he feels [...]

    I bought this book out of nostalgia in some respects as I used to work with young men with mental health problems back in the early 90s in London Quite a few of them were gay and had lived here and there purely because they had been abandoned by their families It was hard to know whether the mental deterioration was due to background, genes or simply being abandoned to a very indifferent world We hear a lot about youth but largely as consumers or potential troublemakers This book is like opening [...]

    I can already tell you right now that this review is going to be a jumble of thoughts I finished reading Hidden just a few moments ago and I m not even sure how to explain what is going on in my head right now It s a blur of emotions really Hatred Disgust Pure and utter sympathy Understanding This is one of those books that I can t even classify as a tough read No, it s like a necessary read that tears your heart out, gives you tons of new information you never knew you needed to know, then put [...]

    Why are children born and a parent s are unable to accept the child and love them unconditionally Don t take this the wrong was and not all parents are under my scrutiny, but the parents to the teens in this book are and I m just speaking out loud, making myself heard regarding those parents that would be so cold and commit the most heinous of crimes in my eyes Sending them to a correctional facility.This is what happens to Ahmed He s the one telling this story In first person Read about how he [...]

    One Word Powerful This novel takes the reader to places they may not be ready to go It is definitely not for the faint of heartor cry babies like me The characters, not just Ahmed Ben but the secondary characters that are runaway GLBT teens are one of a kind They are in your face, fighting for the spotlight type of characters They refuse to be judged and they demand respect I don t like them all but I can t help but care deeply about what happens to each of them They each come with their own hea [...]

    This was incredibled very disturbing since it s based on several kids real lives hidden is about a boy that is put into a type of rehab by his parents, so he won t be gay any Once he escapes, he lives underground in San Francisco and meets many other kids in the same situation I don t think the author intended for this to be a teen book, but it ultimately is I can think of quite a few adults that SHOULD read this, but would probably go on deaf ears The language and scenarios appeal to younger p [...]

    A fictional expose of the consequences of reparative therapy, homelessness and abuse Should be a must read for lgbt studies in general, and especially those who work with homeless lgbt youth.

    The Kindle free sample has me hooked, but damn than nine bucks for an ebook I don t have to pay that much for my favorite authors, let alone an unknown Received the paperback as a gift I still stand by my statement that ebooks shouldn t cost than mass market paperbacks hiddenYep, it really is a lowercase title This was the first of many things that had me shaking my head The author used a ton of kid slang, quotes to emphasize words that didn t need emphasizing, quotes around thoughts , text sh [...]

    3.5 This was a really hard book to rate It is based on an investigative article the author, who is a journalist, did for the San Francisco Bay Guardian It is very gritty and tough, and there is physical, sexual and emotional abuse in here, both on and off page It follows kids who are runaways from various unbearable situations including, in the narrator Ahmed s case, a treatment center trying to turn gay kids straight with aversive conditioning aka torture These kids band together in a safe hous [...]

    I read a review of this on a YA blog, and then looked it up to see if we d ordered it yet It was already in And in my library But cataloged for the adult section So of course I had to read it to figure out why.After reading it, I m still not sure I think it would have a lot of appeal for teens who watch drama filled reality tv where people are forced to live with each other, read street lit , for fans of Ellen Hopkins, fans of Push, and for GLBTQ teens allies, and for anyone who likes reading a [...]

    3.5 stars Gripping story of a gay teenager who has been forced to undergo reparative therapy in an abusive residential treatment program, and escapes to a secret safe house in San Francisco for gay and trans youth I admit that when I first started reading, I thought This must be set in some kind of dystopia where it s legal to do all this terrible stuff in residential treatment programs, and bounty hunters are allowed to hunt down young people to return them to their abusive homes Nope it s set [...]

    This book is fantastic I especially appreciate the interview and information included at the end about safe houses for LGBT teens, which I didn t even know existed I suppose I knew about them in theory but not in the Underground Railroad way which they exist today I felt Ben Ahmed was an exceptionally well developed character, realistic and believable in his voice and actions throughout the novel I loved the secondary characters as well, each one unique and none of them perfect Most of them were [...]

    Disturbing to say the least but an excellent book I was blown away by the behavior of some people in this world Looking at how kids are put into situations makes me grateful for my life and my safety, as others do not have it as easy as we do.

    I think it was an important story to tell, but I found the stream of consciousness writing style to be a bit distracting Slow in places and with an abrupt ending, I was left wanting out of it in general.

    Excellent writing, you will get drawn into the story The bad news is that the characters have sucky lives, and you will careI have a complicated relationship with this book It s about a kid that gets shipped off to a mental hospital to cure his gayness At the hospital he is heavily medicated and abused, but eventually escapes and ends up at a safe house in San Francisco Complicated because the dialog is written in the style of a heavily medicated kid Some things are real, and some things are not [...]

    I don t really know what made me put this book on my list but I m glad I did I have no idea why I like books about young people struggling with their sexual identity and coming to terms with prejudice and first loves, but boy do I.The first person narrative of this book was very entertaining, I feel The thought process of the young man while he s going through these very hard times being sent to a facility to fix him, homophobic parents, being all alone on the run to save his own sanity is incre [...]

    Wanted to like this , but the structure of the book, and some sloppy editing, interfered with what otherwise was a compelling story Compelling, and not one which I feel is widely known Certainly I had known of the re programming camps which attempt to de gay teenagers, but had not realized the flip side of that coercion, the underground railroad and safe houses of those trying to escape the bigotry of their parents who pay big money for these unproven and dangerous procedures.But Turds in a toil [...]

    Both disturbing and entertaining, hidden is a surreal treatment of a terrible situation that many in the U.S still find themselves subjected to the state sanctioned torture of gay kids that is still legal in some places and the underground railroad of sorts that has sprung up to help them While Mournian s linguistic eccentricity is enjoyable, he too often wields his words with such flash and flair that the prose at times distracts from the story He s also in sore need of a good editor, as there [...]

    This was a difficult read It s depressing, weird,startling, intense, and disturbing Waiting for the book banners to go after this one Ahmed escapes from a camp that is supposed to make him straight but his hiding place seems to be just as bad as his former hell He s exposed to some really bizarre housemates who are promiscuous, drug users, HIV positive,and are transvestites All the while the bounty hunters are going to come and get him and nobody can leave the house The book is best when he is r [...]

    WARNINGS There is some vulgar language.Hidden is about Ahmed aka Ben whose parents sent him away so doctors could rid him of being gay Serenity Ridge is just awful and we learn just how awful as Ben reflects on it as he escapes.The characters in this book were very, very unique and diverse too There s J.D who s sexy yet possibly scared of commitment Kidd who isn t always the nicest person Hammer who is also sexy but Ben just doesn t know about him Peanuts who is a little on the crazy side and Be [...]

    This was a very interesting book that explores the world of underground safe houses which harbor teens who ve escaped from residential treatments centers bootcamps to cure them of homosexuality It s pretty dark raw than a little disturbing The abuse these poor kids go through made me cringe the injustice of having their freedom taken away angered me, but a very powerful emotion throughout the book is sadness loneliness That these kids know no love or acceptance at home is heartbreaking They are [...]

    A very gritty YA novel based on a fictional tale of Ahmed, a gay 15 year old who is escaping from a gay treatment center The main character is very complex which can make reading the book complicated, but he is also very real in his emotional state The book is overflowing with unique and complex characters which at times can get confusing but does overall add to the story There is tons of vulgar language in the book so be warned Some of the writing style can be extremely confusing to understand [...]

    DNF I downloaded this book as it was a free Audible and I wanted to try a narrated book I read a little as well as I didn t enjoy the voice or way it was read, either way the book had the same outcome for me It was just irksome I ended up rolling my eyes, wishing the main character would just get on with telling the story instead of his incessant internal and childish monologuing It just kind of pissed me off in the end, so yep, I got a quarter of the way through and couldn t do any X

    I gave this to page 89 and then threw in the towel The main character is not likable and neither is anyone else in the book I kept hoping for some redeeming value, but it was not forthcoming Ahmed, the product of an American mother and an Arab father, is a runaway gay teen His mother left years ago and now his father and his stepmother are battling him over his being gay After a stint in a hospital that converts homosexuals, he escapes and begins an adventure Where it ends, I don t care P.S See [...]

    Graded By ErinCover Story The Eyes Are the Window To the SoulBFF Charm Yes, Though It May Cost MeSwoonworthy Scale 10Talky Talk My Stream of Consciousness Has Slippery Rocks In ItBonus Factors Diversity, The Underground Railroad, Anita Fixx, Sex Work, Villains, But I m a Cheerleader Anti Bonus Factor Annoying Fat StereotypesRelationship Status I ll Gladly Let You Into My SafehouseRead the full book report here.

    A really great novel, though sometimes the action scenes get muddled I like the author s willingness to include so many different kinds of teens, and Ahmed is certainly the first non white gay teen I ve encountered in a novel since Moore s Hero Jam packed with extras, too there s an author interview and a book group guide I just wish that the action scenes were a bit less jumbled, narratively Recommended.

    This is incredibly well written, so that you experience every turn, every event, from the mind and eyes of a teenager It is a story of survival, amidst an often depressing and confusing reality In addition to being a good piece of fiction, it is educational, thought provoking, and a very important work LGBT homeless culture, and the abusive families from which they have fled, come alive in crucial and important ways here.

    I found this story captivating and it held my interest to the end It s ending was ambiguous and left you wondering what happens to the Ahmed That the story and characters are based on real life events is very disturbing People presume young gays and trans have it easy these days and that isn t always the case.

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