Title: Gods in Alabama
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Book Description: For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now.
When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist)Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home.
As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.
My Thoughts: I read this book's companion, Backseat Saints, and enjoyed it much more. Technically this was the first book - though in my opinion it doesn't really matter what order you read them in. The book was kind of interesting at first because I was discovering the connections between the two books... In the end though, I feel like the story was a little bland. The story itself jumps between past and present time, which keeps things interesting but at times I felt like I was reading the same things over and over again as the main character, Arlene, constantly worried. Every time Arlene glimpses back into the past we get a little more of the story...and it unfolds. It turns out, in the end that Arlene hasn't kept her promises to God after all. She promised not to lie,...but in reality, all she did was lie to herself.
Meh, it was okay - But if I were going to pick between the two - Backseat Saints was much better!