The Dangerous Art of Blending In
Balzer & Bray
Evan Panos's strict immigrant Greek mother sees him as a disappointment. His workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer. His only escape is drawing, in an abandoned monastery that feels as lonely as he is. And Henry makes Evan believe that he deserves more than his mother's harsh words and terrifying abuse. As things escalate, Evan has to decide how to find his voice in a world where he has survived so long by being silent.
Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family violence; Bicultural; Gay/Lesbian; domestic abuse; physical abuse; abusive parent; abusive mother; violent parent; rage; bicultural teenager; gay; gay teenager
Greek / White
mother and father
religion; Christianity; high school; small town; Illinois; Greek family; teenage romance; church; self acceptance; artist; homophobia
Surmelis, Angelo, "The Dangerous Art of Blending In" (2018). Diverse Families. 1484.