Hey, all! Thanks for keeping up with Bookshelf Fantasies while I was away this past week. I’m back, frantically trying to wade through all the emails that have piled up, whilst simultaneously doing mountains of laundry and emptying my suitcases. I had a lovely vacation in Costa Rica (thanks for asking!), and will share some photos — as well as my reviews of the wonderful books I read while away — as soon as I catch my breath a bit more.
Meanwhile, I’m diving back in with a Wishlist Wednesday post!
Wishlist Wednesday: The concept is to post about one book from our wish lists that we can’t wait to read. Want to play? Here’s how:
- Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
- Do a post about one book from your wishlist and why you want to read it.
- Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of the post at Pen to Paper.
- Put a link back to Pen to Paper somewhere in your post.
- Visit the other blogs and enjoy!
My Wishlist Wednesday pick this week is:
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
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 breaking 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 being different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.
Why do I want to read this?
I have a bit of burn-out when it comes to YA novels of the supernatural, otherworldly, or end-of-the-world, end-of-civilized-society varieties. But… I do love finding a YA novel that deals sensitively with contemporary issues, while at the same time telling the story of memorable individuals facing real-world challenges. Openly Straight sounds like it takes the coming out experience and flips it on its head. Is it possible to be so “out” that that’s all people see? Is it realistic to want to keep such a big part of yourself hidden, not out of shame but from a desire to be known for oneself without labels?
I’m really looking forward to seeing how the author tackles this subject — and how Rafe’s struggle to define himself, for himself, works out.
So what’s on your wishlist this week?
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