USA 2011, 387 pp., brochure, € 12.49Kostenloser Versand ab 20 Euro Bestellwert.
When 15-year-old Ahmed inadvertently outs himself to his parents, they take him to a residential treatment center in the Nevada desert, known as Serenity Ridge: it's with one goal - to »fix« their son, at any cost. But what Ahmed faces is torture, overmedication, abuse, and a really tough »straight« rehabilitation program. All of that leaves him desperate to escape. After 11 months, Ahmed manages to escape to a safe house for runaway gay teens in San Francisco. Until they become independent at 18, the housemates hide away from authorities. It's a slew of other kids like Ahmed himself, all with their own stories to tell, most just as traumatizing as his own or worse. But life inside the safe house is never entirely safe, as Ahmed, now known as Ben, learns to his sorrow just as he begins to let his guard down. Even if they succeed in keeping the world at bay, there's no avoiding the conflicts, crushes, loneliness, and desire that could shatter their fragile, complicated sanctuary at any moment.