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The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
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Jun 04, 2010

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Dade Hamilton is graduating from high school—and he’s a pretty likable guy, if not slightly awkward. And although he holds his own, he still gets harassed on occasion. At school, he’s thrown a gay slur every once in a while…possibly in part, because he is gay. While not not yet "out of the closet,” and despite a secretive sexual relationship with a popular guy on the football time, Dade plans to come out to his parents after he’s left for college. That is, until everything changes: his dad’s having an affair; his mom’s bordering on the hysterical; his football player “friend” can’t face his own sexual orientation and plans to marry a girlfriend. But most importantly, Dade has found his first true love in a laid-back, 18-year old marijuana dealer, Alexander Hamilton. Written in 2009, this YA work by author Nick Burd is no longer the story about a tormented gay youth struggling with his sexual orientation—Dade knows exactly who he is and what he wants—but of a teenager who is ultimately compelled to tell his family and friends he’s gay before he’s permanently left town for safer grounds. –Russ K. (Ref.)
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