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Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarKONIGSBERG, Bill. Openly Straight. 7 CDs. 9:02 hrs. Dreamscape. Mar. 2017. $39.99. ISBN 9781520066776. 1 MP3-CD.

Gr 9 Up –While high school jock Rafe is okay with being gay, he’s tired of being the go-to LGBT celebrity in his supportive Colorado town. He transfers to an East Coast all-boys school where he pretends to be straight. But his regular guy act crumbles when he falls for an intense, handsome classmate. Rafe realizes his desire to avoid labels is destroying his chance for an emotionally honest relationship. Throughout, Konigsberg threads a winning humor that helps to mellow a tendency toward earnestness. Narrator Pete Cross is the ideal voice for this story, as he delivers age-appropriate characterizations with verve and nuance. VERDICT Recommended for high school and public libraries.–Kelly Sinclair, Temple Public Library, TX

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2017 issue.

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