This candid debut novel introduces Jason Carillo, a popular high school jock with a girlfriend and a secret--he dreams about being intimate with other guys. When he musters up the courage to attend a nearby meeting for gay teens, he runs into two of his classmates--shy, closeted Kyle, who doesn't want to come out to anybody, and outrageous, ...
This candid debut novel introduces Jason Carillo, a popular high school jock with a girlfriend and a secret--he dreams about being intimate with other guys. When he musters up the courage to attend a nearby meeting for gay teens, he runs into two of his classmates--shy, closeted Kyle, who doesn't want to come out to anybody, and outrageous, flamboyant Nelson, who doesn't care who knows that he is gay.
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I'm a 39 yr old male, and reading this book, brings back alot of memories when I was teen. However I sure wished as hell that this book was out when I was growing up! Because this book goes into detail of what these kids go through at school, home, and in life! And what i really like about this book, is that it doesn't go into graphic detail about these boys sexual lives. The book tells you of what happens, and why it happened, but it "highlights" the sexual adventures! And my favorite chacter of this book is Nelson! He reminds me so much of my boyfriend in high school! I would STRONGLY recommend this book to ANY male teenagers who are afraid to or is thinking of coming out! It gives a new meaning to the words, "Gay teens", because of what you MIGHT think of what gay teens go through on a daily basis, is NOT of what you think of what goes through a gay teen's head!
Publishers Weekly, 2003-05-26 PW called this story about the senior year of three gay teens struggling with issues ranging from coming out to first love to an HIV scare "believable and touching." Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2001-11-26 Sanchez's debut novel chronicles the senior year of three gay teens struggling with issues ranging from coming out to first love to an HIV scare. The story lines communicate a hint of an educational agenda (Sanchez sprinkles in the names of support groups like Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays into the novel, and lists contact information for organizations at the end), but the characters' complicated feelings are well drawn, and readers will find themselves interested in each of the protagonists' lives. Sanchez creates modern situations that speak to contemporary teens: Nelson and Kyle stand up to their principal for the right to form a gay-straight alliance at their school, and Nelson has unprotected sex with a stranger he meets online. The relationship between Kyle and closeted jock Jason also develops realistically, and the awkward triangle among the three males builds subtly and convincingly. Readers will learn and understand both boys' perspectives, from Jason's fear that he will be found out to Kyle's growing agitation at his mixed messages. Some of the writing is stilted ("You would've thought the prodigal son had come home," Sanchez writes when Kyle finally connects with his father), and some of the language and sexual situations may be too mature for some readers, but overall there's enough conflict, humor and tenderness to make this story believableDand touching. Ages 12-up. (Oct). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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