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Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates
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Mar 05, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: gay-fiction
Recommended for: 16 and up
Read in March, 2009

"Leave Myself Behind" is a very poignant short novel. I read it in two sittings (which, for me, is practically unprecedented). Noah, the narrator is "a hilariously profane and searingly honest" 17yo boy who paints, plays the trombone, and who falls in love with another boy from school who lives across the street. But this is not YA palaver. Themes include poetry, family love, family secrets, nice guys vs. shitheads, and being forced to think as an adult at an early age. Yates' style is economical and direct, as in his following novel "The Brothers Bishop." Noah's "voice" is that of an authentic 21st century teenager. Highly recommended.

For some reviews that say it better than I can, check out http://www.bartyates.com/lmbreviews.htm
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