24/100 Books: OPENLY STRAIGHT

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OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Konigsberg

What the heck is it about? Here’s the Goodreads summary:

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.

My rating: 5/5 stars

Though contemporary fiction isn’t my wheelhouse, this book had more than enough going for it to keep me interested. It’s a fast read with an outstanding voice. There’s just something universal about not wanting to be defined by only one thing, and wanting to be the one who gets to define yourself.

The characters are genuine, the romance is charming, and the author actually acknowledges bisexuality is a thing (as well as a number of other identities that get brushed under the rug by too many authors)! I’m really looking forward to the sequel. Check this one out so we can suffer and wait together.

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