Totally Joe

Howe, James, 1946-

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Totally Joe
As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography--life from A to Z--and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.

Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2005
ISBN: 9780689839573
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 189 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 25, 2013
  • Mimigirl25 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 31, 2013
  • Mimigirl25 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Joe is not a guy guy he is a good friend to have.His brother is a guy guy.First a pirsed ear then a tatoo wow his aunt paw is quite the ganster!READ THE BOOK YOU HAVE TO!

Dec 17, 2012
  • iluvvideo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As an English class assignment for his seventh grade class, Joe writes an 'alphabiography' - the story of his life from A to Z.
In the process Joe finds the courage to come out as gay to his parents and friends, to deal with school bullies, to find not one, but two boyfriends, starting a Gay/Straight Alliance in his school and so much more.

It is truly rare to find a positive voice for young gay kids (and their family and friends). Joe comes across as just a normal young teen. Joe is no hero, he's just himself. totally Joe.

Joe's life lesson for parents :" Love your kids. Let them play with Barbies. Let them pick out the stuff in their bedroom (Hello). And don't tell them that 'people like that' make you uptight, because for all you know your kids could be 'people like that' as well." Out of the mouth of babes...

An excellent book for all young teens (and pre-teens) who are gay or lesbian or are unsure; (or even those whose friend or family member might be). I'm glad I met Joe. I'm sure you will be too.

Aug 14, 2012
  • KJtheEpicFailure rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I read "the Misfits" I fell in love with Joe, and this book only intensified it! The idea of writing an alphabiography was very cute and I think overall it was an amazing story.

Jul 03, 2011

i really loved this book :) the main character, Joe, is very unique and interesting. And the way it's written makes it easy to understand for younger kids and enjoyable for anybody.


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Jun 16, 2014
  • Mimigirl25 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As an English student Joe is assigned to write and alpabetical history form A-Z. He writes about his family, friends, and Colin, His secret boyfirend thogether they find out they are gay and they are insepritable over the adventure of getting called names and teased Joe Has had enough he and his friends make a GSA- Gay Straight Allience. And Kevin who his the teaser and Jimmy who will do anything Kevin wants him to they will be sorry for what they did to Joe because they make a no name calling week and if Kevin or Jimmy call Joe any names they will be suspended. will Joe make them be suspended? will Colin keep a relationship with Joe? Will Joe still Like Colin? READ THE BOOK I HOPE THIS INSPIRES YOU TO READ IT! peace out! from Jodan Bunch ps that it not my real name its Joe's!


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