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Teen Summer Reading Book of the Week: Openly Straight


   Rafe’s been out since the eighth grade but no longer wants to be seen as the “gay guy” at his Colorado high school. He tries to escape the label, and experience what it feels like to be just another guy, by moving to an all-boys prep school in Massachusetts.


   Once he arrives at his new school, Rafe is thrilled to be welcomed by the group of popular jocks and recognized as an individual for his talents on the soccer field. He feels free of the old labels but gradually, hiding part of who he is actually begins to make him feel trapped. Especially when he starts to fall in love with his friend...

Openly Straight

   The novel, Openly Straight is definitely worth spending time with. Rafe’s character is loveable and brings a funny and honest perspective to his life, including his good and maybe not so good decisions.


My personal favourite quote from the book:

   “It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said. “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.”


  Author Bill Konigsberg’s website,, includes 10 Tips on How to Find (and Keep) Your Ben and a touching review of Openly Straight by a teen reader.