b2s pick: For The Love Of God, Marie!

for the love of god marieBOOK 2 SCREEN PICK

For the Love of God, Marie! by Jade Sarson (Myriad Editions, 2016)

Summary: Marie is a girl with the gift of understanding, who is often misunderstood, both at home and in her Catholic school, where she confounds her fellow pupils and teachers as she tries to understand and love those few special people who need her help to be themselves. But understanding and loving people is harder than it sounds, and Marie soon realizes that having faith and living in 1960s Britain doesn’t leave much room for those who are different from the norm. They only really leave room for shame, prejudice, and, oh yeah, more shame. So Marie decides to do as she sees fit—with some hilarious, moving, and unexpected results. As we follow Marie from the sixties to the nineties, we find out what it means to be a spirited young woman from a religious household who believes that maybe, just maybe, God doesn’t care WHAT you do with your body as long as it makes you happy. Because really, what harm can come from loving people?

Notes: This beautifully illustrated tale follows the loving life of a girl called Marie, from her Catholic upbringing in the 1960s through three decades of dealing with prejudice against members of the LGBT+ community, and the struggles of a single mother raising a child.

To the consternation of her parents and teachers, Marie develops the idea that to love everyone means to literally Love everyone. The sexual kind. As you might expect, this does not go over well. The years go by and Marie knows love and loss and has a child … This is a warm, sex-positive book. Yes, there is tragedy, but also triumph.  It’s both sexy and sex-positive and is wonderfully queer with a fierce attitude that demands inclusivity and insists everybody deserves love. The characters are endearing and flawed.  It manages to hit moments of tenderness and devastation, nail real moments in relationships both good and bad.

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