No Irish Need Apply
by Edward C. Patterson
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Irish Need Apply Reviewed by Rainbow
"No Irish Need Apply by Edward C. Patterson is light homoerotic contemporary romance.
Kevin and Louis may know what prejudice feels like, but otherwise their childhoods are vastly different. Kevin has always gotten along fine at school where as Louis has always been treated with disdain and thought of as gay. They saw each other at school, but never really met until Louis is assigned as Kevins study partner. Louis has always known that he is different and he hopes that Kevin is that way too. Kevin has always done what is expected until he meets Louis and begins to have strange feelings for Louis.
As Kevin begins to explore these feelings, they both realize that slogan No Irish Need Apply relates to their situation more than they care for. Neither Louis or Kevin are truly out of the closet about how they feel for one another or their sexuality. Will they find the strength of will to acknowledge their feelings out in the open or will they like many people be doomed to deny their true selves?
Mr. Patterson has created an incredible story by linking it with prejudices that happened earlier in the century. By using this analogy that many understand from their study of history, it allows the reader to see how modern day prejudice effects people in the same manner it did years ago. I think that Kevin and Louis were very brave to stand up for themselves and in doing so they may have helped other young people in their same situation. I find this story very compelling and a must read for anyone who doesnt understand how bigotry can effect people. I will be looking for other stories by Mr. Patterson."
a full plot synopsis (see other reviews), I'll focus instead on why this
book stands out for me.
Irish Need Apply reviewed by Mireille Reyns (Belgium)
this novel Mr. Patterson has reached my heart and soul. I had to fight
back the tears as I read this tender, loving story about two young men
fighting for and finding the love of their lives. Long after I finished
the story, Kevin, Louis and Mrs B still lingered on in my mind. Making
me feel all warm and good inside. Truly exceptional and therefore I can
highly recommend this little piece of art to everybody!
Irish Need Apply Reviewed by Thomas Riccobueno, Cottonwood, AZ
innocence and sincerity of this simple love story has all the earmarks
of an 'after-school special'. Anyone else remember those? The characters
were right out of every day life.
Review by Thomas Riccobueno
Irish Need Apply reviewed by R. W. Banks "The Gemstar" (Australia)
Heart-Warming and Heart-Breaking in Equal Measures
"No Irish Need Apply" is a wonderful book, bittersweet and charmingly told. On one hand it's simply a tale of first love between two young boys (Kevin and Louis) who are only just learning to come to terms with their sexuality in a town full of gossip-mongering and intolerance. And yet, through the use of clever analogy and elegant prose, Mr Patterson manages to convey powerful messages about prejudice and understanding.
All the characters peopling this short novel are well-written and realistically portrayed. The reader gets a sense of the boys' distinct personalities and their differing reactions when faced with similar circumstances. I became especially fond of "Mrs B" whose character probably evolves more than any other throughout the story. Her tender and somewhat humorous relationship with Louis is one of the highlights of the book in my opinion.
plot moves along at a fast clip and at times packs an unexpected emotional
punch. I have to admit there were some moments towards the end of the
book when I was reduced to a quivering wreck! My five-star rating speaks
Review by R. W. Banks
Irish Need Apply Reviewed by Esmeralda Luv (Seattle, WA)
I have enjoyed several of Edward C. Patterson's books. While 'Surviving an American Gulag' is a favorite of mine, this book is a solid second. He has a way of bringing out the true emotions of each and every character he writes into his stories. It's as if the reader is sitting in the room, watching facial expressions and extending a hand to the character who needs it. This is more than just skilled writing, Patterson has been blessed with a gift of bringing real situations to life and all of the sensitive emotions that accompany them. It is with great anticipation that I look forward to Edward's next book.
Review by Esmaralda Luv
Irish Need Apply Reviewed by Beth A (Mpls, Mn)
This story explores the wonder of first love, and the power of it. As well as the depth of a Mothers love for her child. This is a beautifully written story, where we feel their wonder, fear, courage and hope. It is a story that will touch your heart.
Review by Beth A
Review by Todd A. Fonseca (Minneapolis, MN)
Gripping Story of Prejudice
Kevin Borden was also the son of a widowed Irish Catholic mother, but he was quite different from Louis in many ways but not all. Kevin, an attractive athlete had the attention of many of the high school girls and as a result was also the envy of many of the boys. Paired together with Louis to be study partners, Kevin connects with Louis in ways he hadn't previously. He begins to question his own orientation and even though he finds himself drawn to Louis, he refuses to think of himself as "gay". But he discovers the feelings he has are real and aren't to be denied. Hiding the truth from their parents and schoolmates, Kevin and Louis must choose to continue leading a lie or forever open the door about who they are to the world and the consequences be damned.
In No Irish Need Apply, Edward C. Patterson parallels the persecution and prejudice of Irish Immigrants in our nation's history to the plight suffered by gays in society. Integrating the familial and social pressures to conform along with the subtle and sometimes not so subtle persecution of gays, Patterson offers hope to those finding themselves and their place in the world.
A brave, thoughtful, and moving novel, Patterson dedicates his work to the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) organization.
Review by Gregory Bernard Banks
"No Irish Need Apply," a reference to the times when Irish immigrants were discriminated against, blatantly reflected by signs posted outside many establishments letting it be known that if you were Irish, then you shouldn't bother coming inside, is a story of love, a forbidden love in many circles, because it's the love story for two teen boys. For many, the subject may be controversial, even considered a topic as forbidden as the incidents it portrays. But in the hands (or should I say pen?) of Mr. Patterson, the story is told with compassion and grace. The tale of these teens as they come to recognize, and eventually accept, their growing love for one another is one which transcends the stigmas and prejudices surrounding homosexuality. It's a story that lives and breathes, takes you inside the minds of two young men dealing with issues that pretty much every human being should be able to identify with. "No Irish Need Apply" is not a preachy tale, nor a rant against the establishment that denies same-sex relationships equal protection under the law. It's simply a story about teenage angst and love, and of two people trying to find themselves as they discover each other. If the world is lucky, stories like this one that will kick down the walls of prejudice and the misguided applications of morality that still plagues our world, and in doing so bring better understanding and acceptance to us all.
"No Irish Need Apply" isn't just a must read in my opinion, it should be required reading for everyone. Do yourself a favor and read it today.
- Gregory Bernard Banks, author of "2012: Seeking Closure"
Review by Lila L. Pinord "Author of Min's Monster and other stories". (Port Angeles, WA)
In his novel
No Irish Need Apply, Mr. Patterson breathes life into the characters and
the dilemmas they face. He brings to life teens Kevin and Louis; he draws
them so well, we feel we know them personally and feel every emotion that
washes through them - hope, love, insecurity, shame- the shame brought
on by their fellow classmates who somehow make their own lives feel more
worthwhile by making fun of the boys and their feelings for each other.
Mark of Enlightenment, May 30, 2009
No Irish Need Apply is a brilliantly written novel most worthy to sit next to some of the greatest writers. It speaks from the very soul of the author to the soul of the reader.
Two boys of Irish background know inside they are different but not exactly sure if they are gay, and certainly don't know if they want others to know. This keeps them alienated from the rest of the world until they discover one another. They are not products of perversion or trauma. They come from Irish Catholic background.
Sarah, Kevin's mother, pushes the boys to each take a date to the prom together. "Make it a double date," she said.
Rumors around the school already have it that the two boys are gay, but the prom night may show a spectacular come out for both.
Edward C. Patterson knocks down the barriers to see the superficial discrimination of gays without knowing who they are or judging them by a stereotype and this enlightening novel, like Butterflies Are Free, shows the world of a gay as seen through the eyes of a young person who is gay. Open your mind. Be enlightened to this. It has an invaluable lesson.
What humbled me about this tale was Sarah was presented up front as though she would be someone who would have been heart broken to hear that her child was gay. Perhaps the type (stereotype that is) who would not accept Kevin or Louis for who they were. Yet, the reader finds the reason why you can't judge the book by its cover--no matter if you are gay or straight! And it shows the real reason why they are accepted. Sarah has a true love for everyone--not just her own son but someone else's son. Are you a parent? How would you judge your son and the other man in his life? It hits both audiences and the truth is the truth!
The point is well taken and the boys are fascinating their audiences with the wonder of discovering who they were. (This is not a sexually explicit book.)
Edward C. Patterson leaves a mark of enlightenment on the reader with his beautifully delivered narrative prose.
Review by Leslie
I buzzed through another very good book by n Edward C. Patterson: I love gay coming of age stories and this one did not disappoint. Short, sweet and well written, this was a fast read but definitely worth reading.
Review By "Tiffany Turner" (San Jose, CA)
"A New Perspective on Growing Up In Today's High School
I've been seeing a lot of posts in the Indie Author world on Amazon and the Kindle boards with this author. So, I wanted to see what the buzz was about. Boy, am I glad I did. This is a great book if you want to get a perspective on what it would be like to be so different in high school; you're more than alone but estranged. Dedicated to PFLAG, Parents and Family of Lesbians and Gays, this book can give you an understanding of what it might be like growing up gay in today's high schools.
I really enjoyed the writing style of Edward Patterson. His humor and imagery really pulls you in the book. There is a realistic sense to the minds of these boys, and the build up to the end is a window to their pain. I was able to predict the ending a bit. But by that time, like any well-led reader, I wanted it to happen.
This book does have some areas that would delve into more adult and teen reading. I would not have middle school readers try this book. It is definitely written as an edgy YA. It is a good read for families trying to understand what is behind the feelings of someone who is gay in their family."