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Totally Joe by James Howe
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Jun 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: older-elementary
Recommended for: 5th grades and up.
Read in May, 2009

A coming-of-age story about a gay 12 year old. But it's not as deep as it sounds. Totally Joe is written as an 'alpha-biography' class assignment. Joe has to write something about himself for every letter of the alphabet, so each chapter is a letter. A is for Addie, his best friend, etc. It's clear by letter B that although Joe is only 12, he's very sure he's gay. It was a good book on the topic, although Joe is sooooooo stereotypical. But I guess one boy can never be expected to represent all the gays in the world. (Totally Joe is about the same group of friends as The Misfits.)

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