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Mother really doesn’t know best in this tale of a closeted gay teen from a devout Christian household.
Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos excels at conformity. His peers might notice him more if they knew his secret: during summer Bible camp, Evan kissed a boy for the first time.
11/06/2017High-school senior Evangellos “Evan” Panos, who emigrated to the U. from Greece at age four, lives in inner turmoil, keeping two secrets from his friends: he’s gay (which he sort of wants to reveal) and he is being abused by his violent, obsessively religious mother (which he absolutely does not want known).
Surmelis’s debut novel delves deeply into Evan’s raw torment as he struggles with wanting to be openly himself and holding onto his secrets.
Surmelis was a designer on the TLC program Clean Sweep, the Lifetime program Merge, and the Style Network program My Celebrity Home.Suspense builds as Evan’s inability to confront his strong attraction to his best friend Henry threatens that long relationship, and he grows increasingly unwilling to tolerate his volatile mother’s physical and emotional cruelty (witnessed by his loving but passive father).Evan, a gifted artist, and his father are both highly credible characters, though his mother at times seems over the top (despite a revealing backstory), and Henry and his family are a little too good to be true. Surmelis owns the brand angelo: HOME and is currently selling an upholstered furniture line at QVC, Overstock.com, Costco.com, CSN Stores.com, Kittles.com, and Surmelis has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, Extra (TV series), The Tyra Banks Show, and Good Day Live. She was tweeting just three hours before she died about playing Vegas' Flamingo 71 years ago Amazing.
Surmelis’ own-voices debut wisely uses a first-person, present-tense voice to keep readers in the moment with Evan as he lives through his trauma.