Paul Volponi's Blog

June 7, 2011

I'm very proud of my new novel, Crossing Lines, which I believe makes a great anti-bullying statement. You can read the opening chapters at paulvolponibooks.com. And below is the review by Booklist--

"Told from the vantage point of the complicit bystander, Volponi’s latest novel is a moving story of bullying and courage. Adonis relishes his spot on the varsity football team and plays along with his teammates’ aggressive posturing. Alan, who is working through identity questions, comes to school in lipstick and dresses and soon finds himself in the team’s crosshairs. Escalating bullying culminates in a premeditated, violent public attack. Adonis’ intervention is too little, too late, and he tries to work his way through guilt and remorse to extend friendship and a genuine apology to Alan. Volponi’s characterizations verge on the stereotypical: Adonis’ father is a firefighter who reinforces his son’s macho contempt, and Alan’s father, an army recruiter, calls his son a disgrace. Yet by reinforcing many teens’ preconceptions about how the adults in their lives, and society in general, perceive and respond to questions of sexual identity, the author makes Adonis’ growth and breakthrough both plausible and powerful. This quickreading, tightly constructed novel will provoke substantive questions, making it a great choice for group discussion."
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Published on June 07, 2011 11:39 • 477 views • Tags: anti-bullying, cross-dressing, football, ya-novel

September 11, 2009

Yesterday, I came to an agreement with Viking to write the conclusion of Black and White. Right now it will be called Marcus and Eddie. I'm very excited about it and it will be published in 2012. --PV
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Published on September 11, 2009 13:08 • 788 views • Tags: -marcus, black, eddie, white