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3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  236 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
A powerful drama about self-acceptance
Kit Webster is hiding a secret. Carma, his best friend, has already figured it out, and pushes him to audition for the high school play, Talk. When he's cast as the male lead, he expects to escape his own life for a while and become a different person. What he gets instead is the role of a lifetime: Kit Webster. In the play, Kit's thr
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 10th 2005 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Nov 29, 2009 Thomas rated it liked it
Recommended to Thomas by: Ralph
Kit Webster has never once had a role in a play, much less the lead part in a schoolwide production. Yet, he has been acting all his life. Pretending to like girls, pretending not to be attracted to his fellow males and committing sin. Kit's best friend Carma recently persuaded him to try out for the school play "Talk". It turns out that Kit is a natural actor and instantly gets the male lead and to no one's surprise the female lead is played by Lindsay Walsh - the beautiful, ruthless, and schoo ...more
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Honest, emotive, and most of all, gorgeously written.
Cons: Could have been longer and more detailed, characters-wise - though still we get to know them enough. Leads first-person voices blur into each other a little sometimes.
Will appeal to: GLBT fiction lovers of course, but pretty much anyone who values staying true to oneself and standing up for what ones believes in. And, last but not least, anyone who's a sucker for beautifu
Mar 22, 2008 Stephen rated it really liked it
At 134 pages this is a lightning quick read that you might say is single serving sized. It draws you in and progresses so quickly that before you know it you're finished with it.

The story centers on Kit a closeted high school gay boy who's crushing on an openly out gay boy a year or so his senior. Kit's been challenged by his best gal pal to audition for the school play and has landed the lead role. While Kit is discovering that he LOVES acting and has a natural talent for it, he's also being d
Jordyn Wickard
Apr 09, 2015 Jordyn Wickard rated it liked it
This book was a book about teens putting on a play with some drama added to it.First, I am going to name some of the main characters. The first main character is Kit Webster. This person is a boy. He is hiding a secret. No one knows who it is except Carma, one of her best friends. Carma is a very outgoing boy, but his spot is not on the stage. He is more of an insider. My final main character is Linsey Walsh. She is the main role in the play. She thinks that Kit is a very cool guy, but Kit is mo ...more
Peony Minassian
Jun 03, 2012 Peony Minassian rated it liked it
The reason why I chose the book Talk by Kathe Koja was because the plot of the story seemed like one I could relate too. The story is about a boy named Kit Webster and his friend Carma who forces him to join a school play to overcome his shyness in the world. While being in the play and meeting a girl named Lindsay, he feels like his life changes for those few moments he acts. When the school finds out about the play and says that its inappropriate for high-schooled students, its up to Kit and L ...more
Apr 01, 2011 Kev rated it really liked it
For a book that only has one word for a title, it packs in a dictionary's worth of drama and suspense. Talk by Kathe Koja is a terrific novel about how two people try to fight for what they both love, while dealing with their own personal problems. I love how Koja was able to combine these teenagers together who live different teenage lives into one thrilling story!

The author did an almost perfect job of displaying the types of kids in high school through the main character Kat Webster and Linds
Aug 05, 2009 Jody rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-class
This is different than any other book I've read. The story is told between two alternating points of view but the author doesn't make this known by a change of name. The reader knows once dialogue begins and as details are included. Also, I haven't read too many books that deal with GLBT; this book does.

The school is practicing to perform "Talk", I highly controversial play. Kit, a gay student who hasn't exactly made his sexuality know to anyone except his best friend, is cast as the lead male r
Feb 10, 2017 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Gets a little real at some times, almost too real. It's a really sad book, and definitely made me think... I'm not sure what else to say about this book. But it's a really, really, good book.
Int'l librarian
This is a good book, but it may not stick with me for very long. The best character, Lindsay, also happens to be maddeningly egotistical and blind-to-the-world. It’s very easy to dislike her, but it would be nice to like a few of the good guys, such as Kit and Carma, a bit more. Homosexuality is a key issue in this story, and Koja presents a very clear and important message, but it would help if the storyline was as compelling, and maybe even as fun, as it is significant. The controversy over th ...more
ACS Librarian
This is a good book, but it may not stick with me for very long. The best character, Lindsay, also happens to be maddeningly egotistical and blind-to-the-world. It 19s very easy to dislike her, but it would be nice to like a few of the good guys, such as Kit and Carma, a bit more.

Homosexuality is a key issue in this story, and Koja presents a very clear and important message, but it would help if the storyline was as compelling, and maybe even as fun, as it is significant. The controversy over
Finally! A readable stream of consciousness novel for teens! Wonderful, absolutely wonderful! This is one of those books that's going to stick with you.

Kit is a senior in high school, trying to figure out how to be true to himself without becoming the center of attention, negative attention. He knows he's gay...has known for as long as he can remember. Can everyone else tell? Lindsay, his co-lead in the controversial school play, obviously can't. She's been coming on to him since she dumped her
Cathleen Ash
Hot hip and happening - this thespian production at a high school pits Kit (as Reed) against Lindsey (as Lola). While they hardly know each other in the daily, "real" high school life, they talk a lot on stage. The play is all dialogue and as the two leads, they have a lot to say. So much that the town might not like - as it tries to ban the play. A lot that Lindsey and Kit might not like as they learn about each other and why they came to be in this play: Lindsey, fulfilling her dream of acting ...more
May 04, 2008 Toni rated it liked it
A short but poignant book (YA) that delved into issues about a high school boy who is gay and hasn't come out. It shows a lot of insight into the feelings and fears of letting others know about his sexuality in a high school setting. The students go to a private high school and they are putting on a play that the parents think is controversial and that ties into the story very well b/c through the book the young man finds his way "out" and the students find a private venue to act in the play awa ...more
Jul 24, 2009 Ozimandias rated it really liked it
I can see how the way the book is written would throw someone off. I had to reread the opening a few times to understand the stream of consciousness writing, that went back and forth from Kit to Lindsay. This small book was able to convey an entire story about self acceptance and self-actualization in so few pages (134), it made me wonder why Rowling would need so many. I think there is an art in brevity. Also so many of the passages are so convincingly told. I was pleasantly surprised by this s ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Very well written, perceptive, and psychologically astute, this novel defies the conventions of its genre but nevertheless makes its sharp and sympathetic points in a completely refreshing way. The novel's structure, although unconventional, is not at all difficult: in fact, it perfectly conveys the emotional roller-coaster that is high school. Original, inventive and touching, the story of Kit, Carma, and Lindsay is far above the usual YA fare.
Nov 26, 2013 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt-literature
Koja, Kathe / Talk
Kit Webster is has just got the leading role in his high school’s production of a controversial play Talk. Although this is Kit’s first play, he is a natural, he fits right in. Lindsay Walsh, the female lead immediately sees something different in Kit and wants to get to know him better, but Kit is interested in another student, Pablo. The students rally to put the play on, in spite of its controversial nature, and in doing so learn something about themselves.
Jul 06, 2008 Sara rated it liked it
A decent coming out story for teens. I like the way it shows how difficult it is for the main character, Kit, to come out to his parents, even though he has good reasons to expect they'll be supportive. Alternates pov between Kit and Lindsay; they're the two leads in the school play. Unfortunately I couldn't get that interested in Lindsay, who is very self-centered and seems likely to remain so.
Jul 22, 2008 Karin rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic, teen
Short novel about young teen boy who is cast in his first high school play and turns out to be really good at acting. Play causes controversy in school community and group has to find another location to perform. All of this is backdrop for crush he has on another boy and his decision-making about whether to come out to his family and friends. Short but really good.
Lillian Nemmers
Nov 01, 2016 Lillian Nemmers rated it it was amazing
It's about a boy who is gay but hasn't told many people. This girl that he does plays with has very big feelings for. There is writing on a wall that says Kit+me. No one knows who write it and they are trying to figure out who did. He later finds out it was a guy who had been hanging out with him and his friend.
Mar 20, 2008 Alex rated it really liked it
I found this book a fun read, and one that I connected to because of my background in theatre. The protag. auditions for his first school play, the controversial 'Talk', and gets the lead role. His opposite lead may have a crush on him, but he is into boys. Very compelling.
Sep 18, 2010 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I came across this book while cleaning up yeasterday and remembered how I really liked it. Details have become fuzzy over the years but it was a well-written story about a closted boy acting in a controversial play and standing up for free-speech and himself. Very D.E.B - like.
Hoping to escape from himself for awhile, Kit auditions for a controversial school play and discovers his talent for acting, struggles with coming out, and both he and his costar face crises in their view of themselves and in their close relationships. Told from two points of view.
Nov 27, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it
Ending was a bit flat. Really liked the pacing, flow, and writing style.
Connie McEntee
Jan 18, 2013 Connie McEntee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lgbtqi
A captivating coming out story.
Jun 07, 2012 Adriana rated it really liked it
it was a good book i liked how the points of view the story was written in
Sep 20, 2007 michelle added it
Shelves: 2007
Oct 10, 2010 reed rated it really liked it
A stand out from the current batch of YA gay novels. The story is told from multiple viewpoints in a stream of consciousness style; the drama is realistic, not overdone as it often is in YA books.
Anna Motteler
Sep 08, 2008 Anna Motteler rated it it was ok

The beginning is so slow. It's pretty sad that the play in the book sounds ten times more interesting than the actual book itself.

Mar 30, 2009 Courtney rated it liked it
this is a really interesting kind of hard to fallow at some points but you get the hang of it after a while. But if your over the age of 20ish not recaminded (sorry)
Lauren Keil
Oct 20, 2016 Lauren Keil rated it did not like it
This book was very weird. It was about a boy who liked another boy a lot. I believe this is not a appropriate book for kids.
I did not like this book because the inappropriate behavior.
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Kathe Koja (born 1960) is an American writer. She was initially known for her intense speculative fiction for adults, but over the past few years has turned to writing young adult novels.

Koja is also a prolific author of short stories, including many in collaboration with Barry N. Malzberg. Most of her short fiction remains uncollected. Koja's novels and short stories frequently concern characters
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