Andrew Joseph White: Hell Followed with Us (2023, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.) 4 stars

Prepare to die. His kingdom is near.

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run …

Review of "Hell Followed With Us"

5 stars

Hell Followed With Us is an amazing book.

As a queer person who grew up in a cult and got to deal with all the shit that came along with that, Hell Followed With Us is like a breath of fresh (or rotten) air; I grew up in hell on earth and this felt like an acknowledgment of all the shit I went through. A nod of solidarity between two suffering souls, a hopeful gaze to the other in the fire. The first chapter brought up memories for me, of freedom, of death, of uncertainty. I've had writing speak to me before, but this is an affirmation of my hellish life, an ode to queer people suffering under the weight of religion everywhere! This book falls into the category of the shit I'm into perfectly: Religion and queer things! The chapters seemed a bit fast-paced, but well-done with rapport throughout. The characters were well fleshed out, the mental imagery this book conjured was just beautiful! (Yes, I know, I have a very strange definition of beauty.) All in all, I look forward to seeing more from this author!