Title: The Temptation of Adam
By: Dave Connis
Publication: November 7th
By: Sky Pony Press
Genre: YA-Addiction-Contemporary-Family- ARC
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.
I want to thank NetGalley and Sky Pony Press for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review
This is a book that touches on the subject of addictions as a main theme and undoubtedly we need this in more YA books.
This book follows Adam, his mother has left recently, his sister went with her and he has stayed with his father who has fallen into a deep depression, which prevents them from having a healthy father-son relationship. With all this going on in his life, Adam decides to take refuge in his pornography list, until a family friend teacher discovers his addiction and decides to help him by sending him to a support group to overcome his situation, and although Adam decides to attend, almost force to, he will not be ready to face the seriousness of the situation
I think that the addictions issue, as I said at the beginning, is not a topic that is touched abitually in YA, and I find this as something positive, I think it should be more touched in books, in order to provide readers with more information about it. It was very interesting to know about this topic, in the book we not only follow Adam’s addiction to pornography, but we will also meet other characters with other types of additions. I don’t have much knowledge about addictions, but from my perspective I think it has been touched in a very respectable way and be able to see the states that Adam goes through and how this affects his life and his relationship with others was really something that I loved about this book
On the other hand, I haven’t felt connected with the characters as I would have liked, I feel that some of them, especially Dez, have selfish behaviors. I can understand from the addictions side, how this can change people’s personalities and all that, but even so, I would have wanted a different female character, someone more reasonable or empathetic, I don’t know, I just couldn’t connect with her
I liked Adam a lot, I appreciate the growth of the character during the book and in the end it really seemed to be someone else and that made me understand his actions and behavior at the beginning. So I would say he’s a good main character, I even think that the readers can get to feel very identified with him and even so, surely you’ll not like him at some point in the book but I suppose that this is the idea, since this whole book is about Adam’s mistakes and how he get to overcome them or not
The romantic aspects were too forced for me, if there hadn’t be a romace at all, then it would be a thousand times better, I mean, I understand the idea of love and how this helps in Adam’s recovery, but I don’t think this is the kind of love that he really needed, besides there is no possibility that Dez is THAT perfect, she’s literally described as the most beautiful girl of the known universe lol, that is a bit too much for me. I lean more for the family dynamics and how this kind of love and support in the end can change someone, you know? , but it’s only my point of view, of course, I think you might like the romantic aspects of the book, because although I didn’t like it I think it has pretty fun moments and that’s nice
The writing style is great, especially in the first half of the book, you just fly through it, it’s very easy to read, besides the book is quite short so it would be a great read to take into account in some read-a -thon or something like that.
Although I have had some problems with it, I feel it’s a book with a very powerful and positive message, it’s about highlighting honesty, the importance of communication and the support of those who go through the same thing as you. I think that despite touching a delicate topic, it’s a very positive reading and I recommend it if you’re interested in the addictions topics, it will surely be very interesting for you