Review: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – T. R. Stoddard
Rachael Ainsley is a college student aiming for a career in journalism. She believes she has what it takes to make something of herself in order to make others see that she’s good at what she does. Her friends and family believe in her. She just needs to prove herself to those that really count. The question is, how can she do just that?
When a news flash concerning the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy catches her attention one night, Rachael realizes that she may have found the one story that will net her the recognition she craves. Setting the ball in motion, she goes undercover at the nearest high school in hopes of accruing the needed information to knock the policy down onto its knees. There’s a story waiting to be told within the school’s halls and she just needs to find it without drawing attention to who she really is.
Coming to the aid of a boy on her very first day at school, Rachael realizes that he’s her ticket in making things happen. If she can gain his complete trust, she’ll be able to get the policy removed, once and for all. She knows that once everything is said and done, she will alter the Gay Rights Movement in ways she never actually imagined. Yet deep inside, she knows that what she’s doing is a worthy cause to liberate the movement itself. In her eyes, the policy is unjust and those enforcing it need to be taken down a peg or two. Her stint as a student will ensure that she does just that. Yet she knows that achieving that very goal won’t be easy.
Opposition comes at her from all sides, yet she’s ever the more determined to continue with the goal at hand. Earning herself a one-way ride to Reformation Hall, a place where those who are Gay and Lesbian, as well as any supporters, are sent to in order to conform to the school’s standards. What the school hasn’t realized is that this will give Rachael and her friends the needed incentive to carry out the plans she intends to set into motion. It’s the one thing they never saw coming from the get-go.
High school life is never easy. T. R.’s book captures that essence with every turn of the page, immersing the reader within a controversy that’s sure to capture their attention the further they continue reading. While this is a work of fiction, it does depict a part of real life that has actually taken place.
There are those in society that want to silence the LGBTQ movement any way it can. It deems their lifestyle as something entirely different. Something that shouldn’t be done, period. The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was enforced in order to keep those in the military from revealing whether they were Gay or Lesbian. The consequences of coming clean about someone’s sexuality were dire back then and the policy was meant to restrict their actions completely.
Granted, the method of the policy implemented in this story is a little different from how it was used in the military, but the end result is the same. T. R. was able to draw forth the circumstances surrounding that policy and shows us that if a person puts their mind to it, anything is possible. Rachael wanted to get the policy within the school abolished to give everyone, both straight and those within the Gay community, equality. It’s something everyone deserves to have, in all honesty. At least, I think so.
I know that there are a good many who may find this book controversial, but it openly deals with truths and lies we encounter every day. All of us are different and our ways of life may not be the same, but we’re all people. We all deserve to be equals. We all deserve to be free. But most of all, we deserve to live our lives the way we see fit, be it as a straight person or as a member of the LGBTQ community. This book is definitely thought-provoking and intriguing and well worth reading!
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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is an anti-gay policy sweeping the Bible Belt portion of the nation.
Freshman journalism student Rachael Ainsley goes undercover as a high school senior named Cassie Rae for a tell-all exposé, hoping to drastically alter the Gay Rights Movement. She instantly befriends the gayest boy in school. Imagine his surprise when he finds out who she really is.
Can she stick to her deadline, or will she be discovered before she has a chance to change the lives of the students attending Mooreville High?
About The Author:
T. R. Stoddard (1990-present) was born and raised in Orlando, FL and is the author of psychological thrillers and YA novels.
She has been writing ever since she could hold a pen, and plans to delve into every genre imaginable. From fantastical lands to the halls of high school, she covers it all. There are always several projects in the works and she enjoys sharing her passion for writing with the world.
During her free time she enjoys reading, playing the flute, attending concerts, going to theme parks, and spending time with her nearest and dearest. T. R. is an avid animal lover who lives with her beloved animals: Paris, a Mollucan Cockatoo, Pepe, a double-yellow-headed Amazon, Maggie the pug, Scruffy the terrier, and several cats.
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