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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 break 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 feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.
|Title||:||Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1)|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
January 12, 2016
Openly Straight is the story of Rafe, a teenager who is terribly tired of being labelled as the ‘‘gay guy’’ in his city, Boulder. Ergo, he decides to go to an all-boy boarding school and hide this part of himself. Not lie about it, just never mention it.
Except, he does lie. He invents himself a g...
May 26, 2017
“You can be anything you want, but when you go against who you are inside, it doesn’t feel good.”
This was a (nearly) perfect read. I absolutely enjoyed reading Openly Straight . On one hand because I didn't have any expectations towards it and on the other hand because it exceeded the...
August 06, 2015
Rafe has already "come out" as being gay. His parents are very accepting, his friends do, and he even does not face bullying because of it.
He just feels like he never truly gets to be a "normal" guy because everyone always sees him as "gay".
So when he gets to go to boarding school he keeps his s...
May 30, 2013
I really, really, really loved this book (subtracted by) I’m really, really mad at this book. Leaves the total of I really loved this book.
Openly Straight is witty and clever and made me do the laugh-that-turns-into-a-chuckle-that-becomes-a-chortle-whiddled-down-to-a-smile-back-up-to-a-...
June 23, 2015
POR FIN PUEDO HABLAR DE ÉL.
Menuda novela, por Dios. Sin duda, una de mis favoritas de este año y sin duda, una de mis favoritas en general. En la línea del gran Levithan o Chbosky, tenemos una historia realista sobre un romance de un gay haciéndose pasar por heterosexual con su mejor amigo hetero...
July 08, 2013
3.5 stars. I'm curious if Bill Konigsberg ever sat at a lunch table with John Green and David Levithan. Why, you ask? I can't really quite put my finger on the why or how but I felt like Konigsberg was channeling some of the offbeat vibe that the other two authors have been known to use in their...
January 21, 2015
Look at the list of literary awards this book has been honoured with:
Sid Fleischman Humor Award (2014)
Lambda Literary Award Nominee (2014)
Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (ALAN/NCTE) Nominee (2014)
American Library Association Rainbow List (2014)
Texas Library Association's Tayshas List (...
February 23, 2014
Is it every gay guy's duty to get out of the closet? Rafe doesn't want to deceive people, but he hates being "that one gay kid" back in his hometown. When he moves from Boulder, Colorado to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he keeps his homosexuality a secret and pretends to l...
July 24, 2017
BooktubeAThon Challenge #1: Read a book about a character that is different from you - COMPLETE!
I think this is more of a 3.5 stars, but I'm feeling really wishy washy about this one. I really enjoyed this and I loved all of the characters, but some of the way things were handled in this didn't n...
May 30, 2013
Bill Konigsberg's first novel, Out of the Pocket, was one of my earliest experiences with LGBT Young Adult -- and I loved it so very much. So I was so excited when I learned that Mr. Konisgberg was releasing his sophomore novel.
Seamus Rafael Goldberg (and no, none of his parents are Irish!) or Ra...