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by Bill Konigsberg


A funny, honest novel about being out, being proud . . . and being ready for something else. 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. This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate being different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

Openly Straight

SKU: 9780545798655
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545798655

    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

    Publish Date: May 2013

    Format: Paperback

    Page Count: 320

    Reading Level: Ages 14-17


    - Juvenile Fiction | Love & Romance - Social Issues

    - Homosexuality - Gay teenagers -Young gay men

    - Identity (Psychology) - Preparatory schools -Massachusetts

    - Schools -Identity - African American teenage girls 

    - Friendship in adolescence - Billings (Mont.) -Family problems

    - Alcoholism -African Americans - Friendship -Coming of age

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