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Tommy Stands Tall

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  3 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Tommy is excited to finally be a senior at Roosevelt High School. There was a time when he thought he'd never graduate, especially after he tried to kill himself to avoid dealing with his sexual orientation. But when Albert, a new student at Roosevelt High, is beaten so badly he winds up in the emergency room, Tommy can't help but wonder if he was attacked because he's gay ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by Arte Publico Press
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I gave this novel a 3 but it's more of a 2.5. Its purpose is to diversify YA lit with non-white, non-straight protagonists, which is necessary and commendable; however, the writing is heavy handed and didactic, the adult psychologist character takes up too much narrative space, the narrative itself often dips into unrealistic preaching, and Tommy, though his ethnic heritage is well-portrayed, is LGBT only because he tells us he is. This novel is well-intentioned but fails in its execution. The p ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Tommy is "out" and comfortable with that, although this was not always the case. A couple of years ago, he attempted suicide. His mom and best friend, Maya, are supportive, but his dad is still struggling with acceptance. When the new kid at school is beaten and hospitalized because he might be gay, Tommy decides he needs to do something to change the homophobic atmosphere at his school. So he and his friends start a Gay/Straight Alliance group at their school.

This is a great story about a diver
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A well structured story that provides realistically optimistic scenarios, without falling into the temptation of having all the conflicts resolved in a "happily ever after" type of ending. I also like that the book isn't preachy and presents non-stereotypical characters who are both relatable and likable.

The story deals with the sensitive issue of homosexuality and gay-bashing in a high school setting with a truly diverse (ethnic, gender, culture) set of both teen and adult characters. The book
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