31 January 2014

Openly Straight; Bill Konigsberg

Openly StraightOpenly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What I loved about this was that it raised some interesting questions about the labels we have for ourselves and others, and whether you can avoid one by changing schools (or lives).

Rafe is openly gay, with hippy We're So Proud of Our Gay Son parents. He starts to wonder what it would be like to not be The Gay Guy but to be another guy, a jock, or a smart kid, or a reader or something - anything - else. He experiments with this by moving across country to a boarding school, all-boys, and trying to be one of the regular guys playing touch football and hanging out. No guesses how well that goes.

As I said, there are interesting questions asked. The answers are, sadly, a little trite and expected. A more daring read would have been a better book. Despite that, it's going into my all-girls school's collection.

Copy provided by publisher.

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