Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545798655 Paperback
336 Pages | 5.27" x 7.97" | Ages 14 & Up
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545509893 Hardcover
336 Pages | 5.82" x 8.56" | Ages 14 & Up
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545509909 Ebook
336 Pages | Ages 14 & Up
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.
Raves & reviews:
"Konigsberg's lovely novel invites us to walk with Rafe through his season of assumed identity and his costly emergence into honesty. It's beautiful. It's a story of salvation." —The New York Times Book Review
*"With its capacity to invite both thought and deeply felt emotion, Openly Straight is altogether one of the best gay-themed novels of the last ten years." —Booklist, starred review
*"Fresh and evocative." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Very well written, funny, and believable." —Publishers Weekly
"For a thought-provoking, creative, twenty-first-century take on the coming-out story, look no further." —Horn Book
"A complicated, poignant story of a teenage boy trying on a new skin . . . eye-opening." —Kirkus