Openly Straight

Rafe is sick of being labeled as the gay kid. Can a new school give him a 2nd chance at coming out?

By Bill Konigsberg Read by Pete Cross LGBTQIA / Romance / Social Issues / Young Adult Fiction English, Unabridged 9h 2m Sell Sheet
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							Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He's been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers & championed by his progressive parents. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe 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 and realizes his own labels aren't well-concealed. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben...who doesn't even know that love is possible.

Sid Fleischman Award for Humor; YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection; Lambda Literary Award Finalist; AudioFile Earphones Award Winner; 2017 Parents’ Choice Award Winner - Awards

Starred Review. “Narrator Pete Cross is the ideal voice for this story, as he delivers age-appropriate characterizations…recommended for high school and public libraries.” - School Library Journal

"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

EARPHONES AWARD WINNER "Pete Cross's narration describes the high spirits of Rafe and his family...The humor continues outwardly throughout the book, but Cross undercuts it with Rafe's uncomfortable inner feelings. Cross depicts how Rafe blithely joins jock clubs and masks his former self...Cross's delivery reflects how Rafe wrestles with honesty, hides truths in a romantic relationship, and finally faces the painful path to becoming his real self." - AudioFile

"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

" exceptionally intelligent, thought-provoking coming-of-age novel…” “…Openly Straight is altogether one of the best gay-themed novels of the last 10 years." - Booklist, Starred Review

"For a thought-provoking, creative, twenty-first-century take on the coming-out story, look no further." - The Horn Book Magazine

[Starred Review] “Throughout, Konigsberg threads a winning humor that helps to mellow a tendency toward earnestness. Narrator Pete Cross is the ideal voice for this story, as he delivers age-appropriate characterizations with verve and nuance. VERDICT Recommended for high school and public libraries." - School Library Journal