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326 pages, Hardcover
First published June 7, 2016
“It must be really hard for his parents.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well, him being gay.”
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[...] I'm sorry that you're always getting picked on, and I'm sorry you had to deal with that kid in the parking lot today. But honestly, why do you wear such flaming queer outfits to school? You're inviting trouble. In a perfect world, you could wear whatever you want, I guess, but look around you, man. This isn't San Francisco. It pays to try to fit in a little.
Here's another thing I don't understand. If you're gay, and I've heard that you've admitted it, then why do you have to act like a girl? If you like other boys, why would he be attracted to a guy who walks and talks like a girl? There are probably a few other gay kids in the school, but I'm sure they're scared to come out because they don't want to be associated with you.
"... but I've always been told that I'm straight. And that's the story I was trying to make happen. I didn't come up with the lie. It wasn't mine. They handed the lie to me, and I tried like hell to make it work for a while."
""If you ain't scared standing up for what's right, then you ain't standing up for much."
- Not Mark Twain"
"Right now it doesn't matter whether you feel courageous. Make them believe you are. You win this one by acting like you're a happy, calm, strong kid, even when you don't feel that way."
"Well, you can always count on some people to be human and others to be monsters, right? That'll never change. That should never surprise you. So practice that smile you're going to flash when other kids insult you. Arm yourself with a few clever one-liners."