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Estelle: Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: LGBT, boarding school, labels, friendship, lies Format read: ARC paperback from TLA. Summary: Rafe decides to spend his junior year on the East Coast at an all boys […]

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April 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

Time marches & the books are good company, Estelle - […] Straight by Bill Konigsberg / Goodreads | Amazon | B&N / Throwback! I first read this book back in 2013. I remember sitting in my parent’s backyard and pouring over this story. I never forgot about […]

September 19, 2014 - 9:15 am

Pub Date: Fall Fest (Brews + a Book) - […] Narragansett Fest Lager = yum. I have never had a fall beer in a can (this is a new development) and I liked that even though this beer was heavier than I’ve been used to all summer, it was still on the light side. This beer is New England’s oldest beer and the official beer of the Red Sox  (I know this makes Andi happy) which segues perfectly into my book pick: Openly Straight (my review from last summer). […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:25 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu […]

October 7, 2013 - 12:01 am

Openly Straight | Bill Konigsberg | Book Review - […] Be Reading – “I want to hug and squeeze this book until I can’t anymore.” Lost In A Great Book – “a fantastic read that speaks honestly” The Reading […]

September 15, 2013 - 4:30 pm

April Books & Wine - Well, I finally wrote my review and I just want to give you all the snaps for this review like how on Legally Blonde when someone gets something right, they get snaps. I agree with everything here — how you want to hug this book, how your heart seizes just thinking about it, Rafe’s flaws. Didn’t you love how much this book made you reflect and think? And just how honest it was. What a stinking great book and a stinking great review. Thanks so much for tweeting about Openly Straight and basically convincing me to read this book, quite unintentionally, I think. 🙂

August 11, 2013 - 8:09 am

Alexa Y. - This book sounds utterly amazing. I love the sound of the story! It seems like this character is pretty great, and the story is fairly refreshing, if I’m being honest. Glad to see you enjoyed this one!

August 3, 2013 - 8:42 am

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - When I saw what you’d rated this one, I didn’t even bother waiting before I put this on a list of books I’m buying this month. I kinda suspected I WOULD want to read this but I’m so happy that I read review and feel no doubt about it. I’m positively positive I’m going to love this book. It screams “MY THING!” so I seriously cannot wait until I’m squeezing it myself.

July 31, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - I think I’ll do just that. Buy it.

What a great topic…not wanting to be defined by your sexuality.

July 30, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This is such an great idea for a book. I’ve never thought of anyone that has felt comfortable enough with coming out then feeling pigeonholed by their sexuality. I love that you love it so much because your enthusiasm is infectious. Great review, Estelle. (:

July 30, 2013 - 6:02 pm

April Books & Wine - I’ll leave a longer comment later when I am not skimming (I haven’t written my review yet and don’t want to be influenced) so I’ll just say that YES YES YES hugs and squeezes for Openly Straight!

July 29, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Bookworm1858 - I enjoyed this book a lot too even as I was cringing as Rafe spun yet another half-truth to hide his true self-I could not see it ending well and in my opinion, the ending was pretty sad (though the author sees it as pretty optimistic.)

July 29, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - This book sounds awesome! I definitely need to get myself a copy of it, I love how it’s dealing with more than Rafe’s coming out story, and I can’t wait to see how the topic is tackled.

July 29, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Tara - Whoa — this book sounds incredible! The story seems very original and unlike anything I’ve read before.

July 29, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I LOVED this book. Rafe’s flaws and the blurred lines are what make it so great. For a book that (based on its cover) looks pretty light, it really makes you think.

Lovely review! 🙂

July 29, 2013 - 11:33 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - Great review! I’m so excited for this one, but it has a long hold list at the library. I think it’s great that queer YA lit is moving beyond simply coming out stories and showing different aspects.

Estelle: When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Pages: 304 Audience: Young adult Keywords: Dublin, senior year, gay teenager Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Neil is about to turn 18 and graduate from high school in 1990s Dublin. He’s friends with people he’s […]

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January 29, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Arber Selmani - Just ended the book. Very depressing, but the narration is perfect. I felt sad for the Sugar Daddy, as somehow he is left aside. But happily ever after, thats what I wish for Neil Byrne. Thanks for review <3

February 27, 2013 - 11:16 am

Alexa Y. - That title certainly makes it sound like a love story. But even if it really isn’t, I do like the idea of this story. It would be intriguing to read about Neil and find out his story; a good character always manages to catch my attention, and he sounds like one.

February 22, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Estelle - E, thanks for pointing out the last lines. haha. It took me forever to be happy with them. 🙂

February 22, 2013 - 4:35 pm

elena - I would hope for a love story too with that title! It also reminds me of a Talking Heads song. I love the last lines of your review and I can see how it’s easy to feel for Neil.

February 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Jamie - Never heard of this one but I honestly feel like it’s something I would like! I just saw that Asheley said this is a reissue? Interesting!

February 20, 2013 - 8:36 pm

VeganYANerds - This sounds like a really interesting, but also quite a difficult, read, E. I’d like to think that things have changed, for the better, too!

February 20, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I didn’t realize that this was a reissue or anniversary edition until I looked this up on Goodreads just now! I wonder if the fact that it was written so long ago contributed to how it fell just a bit short in terms of it not quite being the love story you were hoping for? Great review, Estelle. Also, I really love the cover on this book. 🙂