Openly Straight

Openly Straight The award winning novel about being out being proud and being ready for something else now in paperback Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder Colorado He plays soccer He s won skiing prizes He lik

The award winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else now in paperback.Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado He plays soccer He s won skiing prizes He likes to write.And, oh yeah, he s gay He s been out since 8th grade, and he isn t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff And whiThe award winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else now in paperback.Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado He plays soccer He s won skiing prizes He likes to write.And, oh yeah, he s gay He s been out since 8th grade, and he isn t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff And while that s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy Not that GAY guy To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.So when he transfers to an all boys boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate But then he sees a classmate break down He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story And most of all, he falls in love with Ben who doesn t even know that love is possible This witty, smart, coming out again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

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  1. Bill Konigsberg was born in 1970 in New York City Expectations were high from birth at least in terms of athletics His parents figured he d be a great soccer player, based on his spirited kicking from inside the womb As it turned out, the highlight of his soccer career was at Camp Greylock in 1978, when he was chosen for the Camp s D team There were only four levels Bill played alongside the likes of the kid who always showered alone, the chronic nosebleeder and the guy with recurrent poison ivy.Early in his life, Bill decided he wanted to be a disc jockey, a professional baseball player, or the Indian from The Village People None of these career paths worked out for him Yet He still holds out hope for a Village People revival and has set up a Google Alert in case it happens.A B student throughout high school, Bill was voted Most Likely to Avoid Doing Any Real Work In His Life by a panel of his dismissive peers He proved them wrong with a series of strange but true jobs in his 20s driver recruiter for a truck driving school, sales consultant for a phone company, and temp at Otis Elevators.He moved to Denver in 1996 and was voted Least Stylish Gay Guy in the Metro Denver Area including Loveland for each of the years from 1996 98 His fashion free wardrobe robbed him of prospective dates countless times, as did his penchant for wearing a mustache that didn t suit him.He worked at ESPN and ESPN from 1999 2002, where he developed a penchant for sharing too much information about himself That character flaw earned him a GLAAD Media Award in 2002, for his column Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays That coming out essay made him a household name to tens of people across the country.He continued oversharing in graduate school at Arizona State, where he added People Pleasing to his growing list of character defects and parlayed that into the title of Most Chill Teacher of freshman composition.As a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press in New York from 2005 08, Bill once called his husband, who was at the time working a desk job, from the New York Mets dugout before a game I m so bored, Bill whined He slept on the couch for a week after making that call.He wrote a novel called Audibles at Arizona State, and sold that novel to Dutton Books for Children in 2007 His editor asked him to change the title so that it would appeal to people other than football players who read The resulting novel, Out of the Pocket, received strong reviews from his mother, father, significant other and one girl who had a crush on him in high school It won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009.His second novel, Openly Straight, hit the bookshelves in late May of 2013 He describes the novel as Twilight like, only without vampires and wolves and angsty teenage girls Also, set in an all boys boarding school in Massachusetts Otherwise, it s like an exact replica Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.Bill currently lives in Chandler, Arizona, which is the thinking man s Gilbert, Arizona.His blog and website is at billkonigsberg.

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  1. Openly Straight is the story of Rafe, a teenager who is terribly tired of being labelled as the gay guy in his city, Boulder Ergo, he decides to go to an all boy boarding school and hide this part of himself Not lie about it, just never mention it.Except, he does lie He invents himself a girlfriend, so he can avoid further inquisition from his jock group of friends on the matter of the heart Rafe is pretty keen on not letting the truth about his sexual orientation slip out, especially now that h [...]

  2. You can be anything you want, but when you go against who you are inside, it doesn t feel good 4.5 5 StarsThis was a nearly perfect read I absolutely enjoyed readingOpenly Straight On one hand because I didn t have any expectations towards it and on the other hand because it exceeded them anway.I was suprised to like this book so much The LGBT book market is still growing and growing It s hard to find a book in this category that is able to live up to the readers expectations or to say, is outst [...]

  3. Rafe has already come out as being gay His parents are very accepting, his friends do, and he even does not face bullying because of it.He just feels like he never truly gets to be a normal guy because everyone always sees him as gay So when he gets to go to boarding school he keeps his sexuality a secret Not that he is ashamed He just is tired of the labels Back in Boulder, when people saw me, they saw the GAY kid It was like, every second of my life, I had to be aware of the fact that I was di [...]

  4. 4.5 starsI really, really, really loved this book subtracted by I m really, really mad at this book Leaves the total of I really loved this book Openly Straight is witty and clever and made me do the laugh that turns into a chuckle that becomes a chortle whiddled down to a smile back up to a giggle and then ends with a sigh on than one occasion The writing is current and engaging and the story a new ish take on the YA tale The normal nerdy gay kid and the closeted jock were written in a refresh [...]

  5. POR FIN PUEDO HABLAR DE L.Menuda novela, por Dios Sin duda, una de mis favoritas de este a o y sin duda, una de mis favoritas en general En la l nea del gran Levithan o Chbosky, tenemos una historia realista sobre un romance de un gay haci ndose pasar por heterosexual con su mejor amigo heterosexual Todo muy normal La palabra que define a Openly Straight es REALISTA Sin duda Un estilo y un ritmo endiabladamente buenos, lleno de conflictos veros miles y con una pareja que va surgiendo poco a poco [...]

  6. 3.5 stars I m curious if Bill Konigsberg ever sat at a lunch table with John Green and David Levithan Why, you ask I can t really quite put my finger on the why or how but I felt like Konigsberg was channeling some of the offbeat vibe that the other two authors have been known to use in their own style of writing.Before you groan and say that all three authors are male, or have tackled writing about similar subjects, just hear me out Or read me out, since you can t actually hear me saying anythi [...]

  7. Dear friends,Look at the list of literary awards this book has been honoured with Sid Fleischman Humor Award 2014 Lambda Literary Award Nominee 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award ALAN NCTE Nominee 2014 American Library Association Rainbow List 2014 Texas Library Association s Tayshas List Top Ten Title 2014 Georgia Peach Award Nominee 2014 Yalsa s Best Fiction for Young Adults 2014 And then ask yourselves WHY FGS I HAVE NOT YET READ IT Though you don t have to do the same It was ME who asked mys [...]

  8. 4.5 starsIs it every gay guy s duty to get out of the closet Rafe doesn t want to deceive people, but he hates being that one gay kid back in his hometown When he moves from Boulder, Colorado to an all boys boarding school in New England, he keeps his homosexuality a secret and pretends to like girls soon enough, he s part of the jock pack, and he really likes it But being openly straight isn t as easy as Rafe thinks, and he feels the pressure when he develops feelings for his teammate Ben, who [...]

  9. BooktubeAThon Challenge 1 Read a book about a character that is different from you COMPLETE I think this is of a 3.5 stars, but I m feeling really wishy washy about this one I really enjoyed this and I loved all of the characters, but some of the way things were handled in this didn t necessarily sit well with me Wompppppppppaodk jfashkdfjhd

  10. Bill Konigsberg s first novel, Out of the Pocket, was one of my earliest experiences with LGBT Young Adult and I loved it so very much So I was so excited when I learned that Mr Konisgberg was releasing his sopho novel.Seamus Rafael Goldberg and no, none of his parents are Irish or Rafe is tired with being an openly gay kid in Boulder, Colorado Rafe gets it easy, his hippie parents embrace him being gay and love him still His mother is the president of PFLAG His best friend, Claire Olivia, also [...]

  11. Gente, esse livro foi uma JORNADA.Eu estava om um p atr s porque a premissa a seguinte Garoto que saiu do arm rio aos 13 anos decide mudar de escola e se passar por h tero porque est cansado de r tulos mas o que ele n o esperava era que iria se apaixonar por um dos caras h teros na sua nova escola A temos duas das coisas mais est pidas na minha opini o Gay heteronormativo Gay que se apaixona por h tero.Mas conforme a hist ria foi andando eu fui me apegando muito ao Rafe o protagonista e sentindo [...]

  12. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Being gay isn t a choice, but being out definitely is Raised by some seriously hippie dippie parents, Rafe s coming out was a breeze We re talking the school held a special celebration, his mother became the president of the local PFLAG and Rafe began traveling to different schools in the area to mentor other kids It was wonderful until Rafe became JUST the gay guy No one except his best friend, Claire Olivia, was interested in just knowing HIM they always [...]

  13. 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 loved, and less, well, tolerated There are two things you should know about this book 1 Mr Scarborough is the best character to ever exist.2 It will take your beliefs apart, and question them We re a pretty tolerant place, Steve said, an edge to his voice Ah, interesting word Tolerant What does toleran [...]

  14. In Openly Straight, Mr Konigsberg explores, among other things, labeling and stereotyping, identity and self perception, and the triptych tolerance acceptance celebration when it comes to difference diversity.The book is well written, in a fresh and funny and a largely non sententious way.The thing is, though, I didn t like Rafe, the main character I enjoyed certain parts of him, but I didn t really like him as a person and my opinion of him didn t improve in the last quarter of the book, either [...]

  15. 4 STARSThere are books that will make you think, books that will make you laugh and a book that will change the way you listen to Hollaback Girl.But only one can give you all that and moar.I don t think I can write a review worthy of this book s wit and brilliance I love how I never once stopped functioning as a thinking reader but it didn t cause me serious, debilitating pain in the process No one got beaten up, no one nearly got raped, there was no crying in the rain while clutching someone s [...]

  16. ARE YOU KIDDING WHAT WAS THAT ENDING THERE BETTER BE A SEQUEL view spoiler actual review I haven t been this anxious upset over a book ending in MONTHS Let me start out by saying I was hooked on this book I finished it in a day When I found out Rafe was going away to an all boy s boarding school, I thought I was going to be reading about the grand adventure Perhaps, in a way I did in the process it broke my heart though When I read a REALLY good book, I become deeply invested in the lives of th [...]

  17. This is a book about learning that sometimes you need to get lost to find yourself again.Thanks to my friend Dylan for the recommendation Follow his BookTube Channel Dylanthereader5

  18. BR with Mishy Rafe is an out and proud high school student who decides to go back into the closet because he s tired of being the gay kid He enrolls in an all boys prep school and tries to live as himself without the gay label.I really enjoyed this book The MC is charming and witty The supporting characters, particularly Rafe s parents, are very entertaining The love story is poignant and felt just right for a YA book.I deducted 1 star because the book does drag at times, but the payoff is defin [...]

  19. Tengo muchos, much simos sentimientos encontrados con esta novela Pero de una buena manera Hace rato que un libro young adult no me dejaba pensando al terminarlo Principalmente porque todav a no tengo bien en claro si Rafe me cay bien o mal.Adem s de lo que dice la sinopsis del libro, no hay mucho para contar con respecto al argumento, no hay ning n misterio ni ning n spoiler que pueda llegar a hacerse, es un libro para conocer a los personajes.El eje principal de la historia es la constante b s [...]

  20. 9 23 17WOW Like w o w I goddamn loved this book It s both a quirky high schoolers interacting feel good kinda book and a gut wrenching exploration of identity and coming out I m so glad I picked this up with the sequel already out, because there s no way I could wait to pick it up I have to sit on this review for a bit, but in the meantime, I ll leave this incoherent ramble to encourage everyone to read this asap.

  21. This is one of those 3 star ratings, that feel a bit weird, because I actually really enjoyed reading this book It s way ahead in the entertainment level and quality of writing compared to quite a few other books on my 3 star list There were just a few things that bothered me Sure, you might say that every book has those and what are they compared to all the things you loved about it but they just REALLY bothered me A LOT They took me out of the story I also actually expect the sequel to be awes [...]

  22. Spoiler ish note the following discusses what happens to Rafe and Ben, but i think it s pretty clear that it becomes a cluster fuckAs a middle schooler Rafe was out to his family, friends, and the entire community His mother, stereotypically overbearing and insanely well adjusted to her son s sexuality, Boudia ed off her old life and into the life of a gay parent Equally annoying annoying because it stereotyped the type of man who accepts his son s homosexuality was his father, a man in touch wi [...]

  23. I created a barrier getting rid of a barrier.Openly Straight is primarily an important book.It s also a pretty enjoyable read, and it can be read as just that, but I think where it shines is its ability to make you think about the way we label ourselves and others.Does it give you a definite answer No If you re looking for a book that will hand you an easy, universal truth, this book is not it But let s talk about the content first.Rafe is out of the closet, and in his hometown everyone is prett [...]

  24. The hole in my heart, I can t even begin to describe It s hard when you open your heart and let someone in and then suddenly they re not in it any It doesn t matter whose fault it is that empty spot stings so bad that you want to find any kind of relief, or wrap yourself up so tight you can t feel it any I knew it might be there a little while Or maybe even a long while For both of us This is another book I read per my boyfriend Dalton s request It was quite good Even despite it only being 320 p [...]

  25. 2 4 2017I stand by absolutely everything I said last time, except for adding that I really, really love Rafe s voice Yes, he makes shitty decisions But damn if he isn t a hilarious little cinnamon roll of a dork while he s making those shitty decisions 7 1 2016I feel like I might have enjoyed this book a little than I did if I d read it BEFORE I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda Because Simon was my favourite book of 2015, and when it tops a list of 400 books, it s up on a pretty high pedes [...]

  26. The main character in this book does something we all sometimes dream about he reinvents himself Moving across the country and starting boarding school gives Rafe the chance to try out who he would be, if he hadn t come out as gay to everyone he knows back in middle school He wants to see what life is like in eleventh grade if the guys around him don t look at him and see the gay kid He doesn t consider it being in the closet, exactly, since he isn t planning to lie Except perhaps by misdirectio [...]

  27. I m not sure what I think about it his book On one hand, it s really good Superbly written On the other hand, I felt a bit of a disconnect with Ben Unfortunately, that kind of put a damper on things for me Maybe I need to read the follow up book which focuses on Ben.This is not a romance novel It is YA Just fyi because I didn t bother to know those hinges before I read it.

  28. I thought this was a fantastic read Someone recommended this to me on Twitter, so I pre ordered the book off the blurb I m an easy sell, really , and I m so glad I did Basic premise Rafe is openly gay He s so openly gay that he goes to other schools to talk about being out, and his mom is president of the local PFLAG chapter But Rafe is tired of being the gay kid So he moves across the country to go to an all male boarding school, and while he doesn t go back in the closet, he doesn t tell anyon [...]

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