Thursday, October 10, 2013

Openly Straight - An Out Gay Teen At A New School Tries To Not Be "The Gay" Kid... But It's Hard To Be Openly Straight

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn't even know that love is possible.

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1 comment:

Christa @ More Than Just Magic said...

I really enjoyed this book and featured it during my YA Pride month earlier this year