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Sticks and Stones

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A seventeen-year-old boy's life is nearly destroyed when a rumor that he is homosexual is started in his new high school.
Unknown Binding, 220 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Follett
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Stephanie A.
Set in a narrow-minded small town in Iowa, a straight high school senior becomes best friends with a recently-discharged veteran, unaware of the cause ("homosexual tendencies") or the fact that an attention-seeking outcast has begun a rumor that he is gay as well. A startling look at just how damaging being gay, or even suspected of it, could be just a few decades ago.

In text it is really nothing more than a close friendship, but it's fascinating in a heartbreaking sort of way to watch somethin
Julian Janeway
This is one of those books I read again every year or so and still love. It's dated but well written, and a very interesting character study. It's one of those books that ends exactly where it needs to, and yet you want a sequel just to know what the repercussions will wind up being.
Aug 11, 2008 Deb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens & homophobics
This book needs to be republished. Awesome imagery & emotions. Piano playing city kid moves to small town, and becomes friends with the town's known homosexual outcast, before knowing his status. I've re-read this several times.
Lifesaver to an isolated queer high school kid. May not be the most sophisticated story; when I read it I read it with sixteen year old eyes, and I am still in awe.
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