Absolutely Positively Not
Steven's a 16-year-old boy with two obsessions: sex and getting his driving license. The problem is, Steven's not thinking girls when he's thinking sex. Could he be -- don't say it -- gay? Steven sets out to get in touch with his inner he-man with Healthy Heterosexual Strategies such as "Start Ha ...more
Steven DeNarski is gay. But he doesn’t want to be, so he tries extremely hard NOT to be. Such energetic denial could be ugly, and in fact this book has quite a lot of pain in it; but David Larochelle manages to handle Steven’s angst, his fear, and his sadness with a sympathetic light-hear ...more
Even at the LGBT Youth Meeting, Steven only met girls, no boys at all. We wouldn't want to shock the readers by a gay boy actually meeting another gay boy face to face, would we? : /
For me, it had an overly sanitized, palatable fodder for the possibly homosexually-challenged in-class 8th grade reading assignment feel to it.
I'd much rather stick with a good Mark Roeder YA, if I' ...more
Why I bought it:
I've been going through the YA books on Lee Wind's site and this blurb caught my imagination.
Dislike/like (ending on a high note):
Dislike~ Or more of a warning~ The people who think we're living in a gay utopia where all stories should reflect queer experiences where everyone automatically accepts and believes everything about themselves and each other and that this magically makes everything alright in the world should probably stay away from this book.
Like~ What I li ...more
As one would expect from a book released under the Scholastic imprint, there's nothing too disturbing or too depressing in this book. Aimed squarely at teen readers, it's a basically happy, basically fun-filled, tale of t ...more
However, near the 60% mark there is so much awkward I couldn't hardly take it. I ended up skimming a bit to be honest.
The ending was nice too.
For fans of lgbt and coming out stories. ...more
This is a great coming-out story. The first person narrative is witty and humorous. The quips are delightfully funny. Finding your own identity is such a cumbersome process that usually starts at the adolescent age, regardless of one's sexual preference, but it is kind of refreshing to find a book which has a different approach on the matter....more
By all means, I barley have anything to say. I will cut to the chase because I obviously read so much better and I have a feeling the next one will be ...more
1. The main character didn't need to be in a relationship to figure out his identity.
2. The character, although reluctant to admit he's gay, never once uses slurs to refer to gay people. In fact, he even dislikes it when other characters around him use such terms.
3. He felt real. It wasn't just the quirky misadventures he ...more
This is a very lighthearted book, but still emotionally poignant & such a great read. I consumed it (seriously gobbled it up) in one sitting.
I especially liked how his driving test was all tied up in what he "needed" to drive to and how it related in the end to him coming out to his mom.
His coming out to his ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA teen discovers he's gay, fails driving test multiple times. [s]||4||26||Jan 18, 2019 08:37AM|