Openly Straight

Openly Straight

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Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He's been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers & championed by his progressive parents. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe 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 and realizes his own labels aren't well-concealed. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben...who doesn't even know that love is possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781520066813
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bill Konigsberg is from New York City. Konigsberg was a sports writer and editor for years, earning a GLAAD Media Award for his ESPN column “Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays.” He won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for his first novel, Out of the Pocket. Konigsberg lives in Arizona with his husband, who is clearly too good for him, and their dogs, Mabel & Buford.

Read an Excerpt


As I stuffed my second empty duffel bag into the dorm closet, I decided on a shower, since I smelled like my expiration date had come and gone weeks ago. A guy zoomed by the doorway, then I heard the footsteps slow and stop.
"Hey, guy," he said. "We're gettin' a game going downstairs, do you...holy Jesus!?
"What?" I said.
"You look just like Schroeder."
"From Peanuts?"
"What? No. This kid. Graduated last year. You could be his brother. I'm the first to tell you that?" the guy said, revealing a flawless set of pearly, white teeth.
I smiled back, dazzled by him. I hoped I wasn't blushing. "You're the first to tell me anything. You're the first person I've met here."
"You're kidding. Well, we're playing touch football, could use another player or two," he said. "You comin'?"
"Um, sure," I said. Showering could definitely wait.

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