Reviews and Press

 The American Library Association writes of Playing by the Book: "An excellent story with an insightful message. LBGT Christian teens will devour both the story and the message."

BOOK REVIEW: PLAYING BY THE BOOK

Playing by the Book is a beautiful and profound story that asks readers to question their own beliefs and ability to look at people beyond labels, beyond what they “see.” LBGT Christian teens will devour both the story and the message.

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A YOUNG MAN'S STORY OF SCRIPTURE AND SELF-ACCEPTANCE

In warm, empathetic prose, Shirley portrays the damage we inflict on ourselves, the allowances we make for those we love, and the dignity — and humor — that flourish when honesty encounters obstacle.

 Kirkus writes of  Playing by the Book : "The picture-perfect moment when Jake realizes who he is despite all he’s done to pray the gay away is nothing short of priceless."

FOR SOME, COMING OUT IS STILL HARD TO DO.

Despite the current gay-teen-novel canon that depicts worlds where two boys can kiss in public for hour upon hour or dystopias where teen heroes can just happen to be gay, it can be refreshing to find a good, ol’ coming-out novel

 Rocco Staino of KidLit TV interviews interviews S. Chris Shirley, author of  Playing by the Book.

KidLit TV INTERVIEWS AUTHOR S. CHRIS SHIRLEY 

S. Chris Shirley joins Rocco Staino on KidLit TV to discuss his debut novel, Playing by the Book.

 The Advocate chose  Playing by the Book  as one of 10 Great LGBT Summer Reads

THE ADVOCATE: 10 GREAT LGBT SUMMER READS

In his debut novel, Shirley offers up an optimistic but not overly romanticized look at youth, becoming oneself, and the discomfort and joy that comes from finding out who you want to be in the world, whether your parents like it or not.

 Chris Shirley is interviewed by Susan Larson, host of the Reading Life on New Orleans Public Radio

NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC RADIO'S SUSAN LARSON INTERVIEWS S. CHRIS SHIRLEY 

S. Chris Shirley tells us about his new young adult novel, Playing by the Book, as well as his work as president of the Lambda Literary Foundation.