In Doug Thayer's novel Will Wonders Never Cease, we're able to learn what it's like to be a 15, almost 16, year old Mormon boy growing up in Utah. Kyle doesn't grow up in your "typical" Mormon house hold and that helps shape him into who he becomes. He talks about his Grandpa Hooper not going to church and swearing often. He talks about his experience when he got a little intoxicated. He talks about when his brother smoked marijuana that burned down a barn and his mom, Lucille, followed his brother around 24/7 for about two weeks. These experiences aren't experiences people usually share in the Mormon culture. That is something that I thoroughly enjoy about this fiction novel, the blunt honesty from all the characters.
Since Doug Thayer wrote his novel from the perspective of Kyle a 15 year old boy, he was able to get away with being quite honest throughout his novel. Not only was Kyle honest about everything, but he clearly got it from his mother, Lucille. Lucille is the Mormon mother every child should have. She says it how it is and it's quite refreshing to hear. In Mormon culture, most things pertaining to "scandalous" topics are hushed and not talked about or discussed. Lucille is quite the opposite. She is very open and honest about everything from sex to homosexuals to drugs and alcohol. By Lucille being very open and honest about everything, it doesn't give the best depiction of how Mormon culture really is like in Utah, specifically.
I think overall Doug Thayer did a good job in portraying Mormon beliefs.