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Sunday, July 6, 2014

There are better books than this

Openly Straight

Openly Straight

By: Bill Konigsberg

Genre:  YA LGBTQ

Pages: 336

Published: 2013

Read: June

3 out of 5

I have mixed feelings about this book. At first I was annoyed by the jock gay teenager plot; I feel too many authors are trying to express that jocks can be gay – it’s too cliché. Several areas of the story seemed too superficial and stereotypical for me. Then I realized that wasn’t what the book was about. Look at the title – Openly Straight. People aren’t openly straight…straight isn’t who they are first. Once gay, why is it who everyone knows you as? Rafe leaves his town so he can be “Rafe” and not “Rafe, who is gay”. He tries not to hide that he is gay, but doesn’t want to be openly gay either.  I feel most YA LBGQT novels are written to help teens/young adults understand they aren’t alone and for their peers to realize that gays are still individuals with feelings. While this book may achieve that, I think there are more enjoyable reads out there such as Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills. 

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