Openly StraightBook - 2013
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.
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“You can be anything you want, but when you go against who you are inside, it doesn’t feel good.”
“We were dancers and drummers and standers and jugglers, and there was nothing anyone needed to accept or tolerate. We celebrated.”
“Wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world where no one thought being gay was even something to ride someone about?”
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This is an interesting look into the life of a gay teen (Rafe) who just wants to be normal. So, it is understandable that he does not want to broadcast his sexual orientation to everyone at the all-boys boarding school he will be attending in Natick MA. Rafe is actually pretty excited for his chance to be more than just the gay kid. His plan seems to be going great- at first. Then when he falls in love with one of his newfound friends, he struggles with showing his true emotions.
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