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Honestly Ben

By Bill Konigsberg   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545858267 Hardcover
336 Pages | 5.86" x 8.54" | Ages 14 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545858311 Ebook
304 Pages | Ages 14 & Up

In the companion to Openly Straight, Ben confronts pressure at school, repression at home, and his passion for two very different people!

Ben Carver is back to normal. He’s working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He’s even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past.

Except...

There’s Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighbouring school, who attracts him and distracts him. There’s his mother, whose quiet unhappiness Ben is noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away. And there’s Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else . . . and maybe the real normal that Ben needs. Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Andrew Smith, and John Green, Honestly Ben is a smart, laugh-out-loud novel that will speak to anyone who’s struggled to be “honestly _____” in some part of their lives.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Openly Straight:

Winner of the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection

Lambda Literary Award Finalist

*“ Openly Straight is altogether one of the best gay-themed novels of the last ten years.”

Booklist, starred review

*“ Readers and discussion groups looking for new and deeper ways to think about what it means to

live honestly in a world that sorts by labels will find this fresh and evocative.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review