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ISBN13: 9780439490368
ISBN10: 0439490367
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Publisher Comments:

This is a memoir that is lived in moments. The moments you know — when you see your parents' marriage dissolving, when you realize you're a boy who likes boys, when you speak the truth and don't know if it will be heard. The moments you don't recognize until later — when you leave things unsaid (even to yourself), when you feel your boyfriend letting go, when you give up on love. And the moment you get love back. In an amazing narrative of poems, Billy Merrell tells an ordinary story in an extraordinary way.

Review:

"An affecting memoir told in verse, this work launches a promising young poet. It is more than the recollection of faltering family life; it also deals with Merrell's acceptance of his homosexuality." School Library Journal

Review:

"[C]aptures 22 lonely yet hopeful years in a life readers will hope will be a long and productive one." Booklist

Synopsis:

In an amazing narrative of poems, Merrell tells an ordinary story in an extraordinary way — a remarkable memoir of a young gay man who's growing up, coming out, and exploring love.

About the Author

At 22, Billy Merrell is the youngest author to date published by the Push Imprint of Scholastic Inc. Merrell, who grew up in Jacksonville Florida, began writing poetry around eighth grade. He had a better grasp of rhyme and meter than the other students in his classes, and as a result, the teacher began giving him more challenging poetry assignments rather than less expressive work. It wasnt until his sophomore year of high school that Merrell began to write about his own feelings, and recognized writing poetry as a liberating activity.

Merrell is recent graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in English. During the summer, earlier in his college career, Merrell was hired as the first PUSH Writing Intern. During this summer internship, Merrell came to New York City and began work on his first book. The culmination of his work with PUSH is talking in the dark, a memoir composed of poetry that documents a story of growing up, coming out and exploring love. As a gay man himself, Merrell sought to write a book that he felt could have been of use to him as a teenage boy coming out. It is “an affecting memoir told in verse, this work launches a promising young poet….[Merrells] sophisticated verse and compelling story will capture attention as it stirs compassion.” —School Library Journal

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JAMMIE, October 25, 2007 (view all comments by JAMMIE)
The poems are deep.
They go straight to your soul.
And make you think about gay people, and their struggles within.
The poems let you see into the mind of Merrell as he figures out his true identity.
As a homosexual.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439490368
Publisher:
Push
Location:
New York
Author:
Merrell, Billy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Poetry
Subject:
Social Situations - Homosexuality
Subject:
Gay youth
Subject:
Coming out (Sexual orientation)
Subject:
Social Issues - Homosexuality
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
Children's poetry
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Push Poetry
Series Volume:
108-101
Publication Date:
20031001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in
Age Level:
from 14

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Children's » Poetry » General
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Teen Issues

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Product details 144 pages Push - English 9780439490368 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An affecting memoir told in verse, this work launches a promising young poet. It is more than the recollection of faltering family life; it also deals with Merrell's acceptance of his homosexuality."
"Review" by , "[C]aptures 22 lonely yet hopeful years in a life readers will hope will be a long and productive one."
"Synopsis" by , In an amazing narrative of poems, Merrell tells an ordinary story in an extraordinary way — a remarkable memoir of a young gay man who's growing up, coming out, and exploring love.
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