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Publisher Comments:

David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; hes a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has “inappropriate” urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems.
 
In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Lee Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.

Review:

"In this somewhat uneven novel, David comes out as gay, first to himself, and then to friends and eventually to his mother. Along the way, he experiences plenty of angst, from a friend asking him to join the Gay/Straight Alliance he formed, to trying to figure out how to handle a close female friend who wants to be more than his buddy. David even strikes up an intense physical relationship with his track teammate (but while David hopes for romance, Sean tells him, 'Guys fool around, you know. Nobody talks about it, that's all'). Readers will be moved by David's struggles, but he never really comes across as an authentic character, and many of the book's devices (like the reassuring counselor he connects with through a gay hotline) seem contrived. There are some exciting moments (David agonizes over a note he gets from a mysterious male admirer, wondering if it's a set-up, for example), but ultimately David's journey seems like well-tread territory. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.

About the Author

LEE BANTLE is the author of the middle-grade novel Diving for the Moon. He is an attorney and lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805081220
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Subject:
Self-acceptance
Author:
Bantle, Lee F.
Author:
Bantle, Lee
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Social Issues - Homosexuality
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Social Issues/Dating
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Recreation/General
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Situations / Homosexuality
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
lgbt
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 13
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.57 x 5.77 x 0.8 in
Age Level:
from 14 up to 19

Related Subjects

Children's » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Adolescence
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Homosexuality
Young Adult » General

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Product details 192 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805081220 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this somewhat uneven novel, David comes out as gay, first to himself, and then to friends and eventually to his mother. Along the way, he experiences plenty of angst, from a friend asking him to join the Gay/Straight Alliance he formed, to trying to figure out how to handle a close female friend who wants to be more than his buddy. David even strikes up an intense physical relationship with his track teammate (but while David hopes for romance, Sean tells him, 'Guys fool around, you know. Nobody talks about it, that's all'). Readers will be moved by David's struggles, but he never really comes across as an authentic character, and many of the book's devices (like the reassuring counselor he connects with through a gay hotline) seem contrived. There are some exciting moments (David agonizes over a note he gets from a mysterious male admirer, wondering if it's a set-up, for example), but ultimately David's journey seems like well-tread territory. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.
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