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Openly Straight

Konigsberg, Bill (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Openly Straight


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Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.
Authors: Konigsberg, Bill
Statement of Responsibility: Bill Konigsberg
Title: Openly straight
Publisher: New York :, Arthur A. Levine Books,, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 320 p. ;,22 cm.
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Report This Jan 07, 2014
  • Squirt_tastic rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic concept, and I think it's great for any teenager as all have to deal with labels. I was slightly disappointed to be left hanging a bit at the end, but otherwise I thought it was really well done.

Report This Dec 08, 2013
  • drewscow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Firstly, this book was fantastic. I read the whole darn thing in one sitting. I've done that before with many other novels but all of those novels gain a special place in my heart and this one is no exception. It also gained a special place in my head, as the novel makes the reader reflect on many issues. One of the biggest questions the book made me think was "do people see me as the gay kid?" This book made me think about it, and towards the end brought up the question of "Why is it important that we come out to people? Straights don't have to." The only critique I had on the book was when I finished reading I felt unfulfilled. I wasn't ready to finish reading. While it does give leeway for a sequel, it would have been nice to known what happened to the cast after the words stopped.

Report This Sep 29, 2013
  • Labonte rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

- this book was a fun easy read. - a real page turner with an awesome story line. - i really enjoyed reading it.

"Rafe has been out since he was 14, and though he's got supportive parents and friends, he's tired of being the token gay kid. So when he starts 11th grade at a new school, he sees his chance for a "label-free life" and simply lets his classmates assume he's straight. Rafe is relieved to just blend in, play sports, and make friends with the other jocks… until he starts falling for smart, sensitive (and straight) teammate Ben. While the story focuses on the messy drama caused by dishonesty, the complex characters and poignant emotions ring true in this "exceptionally intelligent, thought-provoking coming-of-age novel" (Booklist)." September 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=672506

Report This Jun 27, 2013
  • art1130 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best gay YA novel released in the past few years. I truley felt connected tot he characters in particular Ben, everyone I would feel would root for him. And of course the History of Rafe makes the book ever so much more enjoyable. If one negative the comedy at certain points is laugh out loud and other points the jokes fall very short such as the whole name business, seriously, the name seamus is nothing comically funny and to have the joke reoccur I found irritating but hey it's still an amazing book and the Colorado Night scene fulfilled my expectations of the books. A definite recommendation.

Report This Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Openly Straight is basically everything you could want from a story featuring an (almost) all-male cast: friendship, racism and all types of love tackled; highs and lows and fuzzy warm moments; and some absolutely, absolutely hilarious scenes. The themes are probably the highlight of the novel. Explored in Rafe's genuine, questioning voice, his mindset develops and takes the reader with him as he searches the differences between "tolerance" and "acceptance" and decides whose opinions matter to him.

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