Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Openly Straight

Openly Straight

by Bill Konigsberg

A funny, honest novel about being out, being proud...and being ready for something else. 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.

Ages
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 9 - 12
Lexile Measure
HL680L
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
336
Genre
Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

About the Author

Bill Konigsberg Bill Konigsberg won the Lambda Literary Award for Young Adult fiction for "Out of the Pocket" (Dutton, 2008). Before writing novels, he was a sportswriter for The Associated Press and ESPN.com. He won a GLAAD Media Award for a coming-out essay he wrote while working at ESPN.com, and he blogs at billkonigsberg.blogspot.com. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his partner, Chuck.

The Reading Toolkit

Shop From Scholastic

Hardcover Book: $12.59

Buy Now

Paperback Book: $7.99

Buy Now

Find Just-Right Books

Find Just-Right Books

Sponsor Spotlight