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Ezra Caine is gay. He’s sort of out at school but not at home, where he fears the wrath of his father’s bigotry. When Ezra's flamboyantly out friend Alex Mills takes one too many beatings from homophobic bully Will Severe, Ezra finally snaps. Fed up with the situation at school, he decides to do something about it.

With the help of his BFF, Nettie, and some unlikely allies,
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Published February 6th 2018 by Museitup Publishing
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Alice Rachel
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic.

It reminded me of The Rainbow Boys.

It's the best YA novel with LGBT characters I have read in a long time.

It felt so real, it was incredible.

The issues tackled in this book transpired with authenticity.
In no other LGBT book have I felt this kind of truth. The pain of the characters in this book is truly felt by LGBT people every single day. This book is filled with history of the LGBT community too and the heartbreaking rejections and hatred they constantly go throug
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Alice Rachel
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic.

It reminded me of The Rainbow Boys.

It's the best YA novel with LGBT characters I have read in a long time.

It felt so real, it was incredible.

The issues tackled in this book transpired with authenticity.
In no other LGBT book have I felt this kind of truth. The pain of the characters in this book is truly felt by LGBT people every single day. This book is filled with history of the LGBT community too and the heartbreaking rejections and hatred they constantly go throug
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Naomi
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Craig has a way of writing characters that could be people you know. They could even be you. In Pride Must Be A Place, we are led through the convoluted mind of Ezra, who knows who he is and knows what he wants but is afraid of going after those things because of what the consequences might be for himself and others around him. When circumstances come to a head, Ezra feels he can no longer stand by in silence, and is inspired to start a club to be an activist for himself and those like him ...more
Lisa Llamrei
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gay teen Ezra Caine is sort of out, but not really. He would like to live openly, but fears the reaction of his peers and his bigoted father. Seeing his out friend being bullied, he decides to create his school's first gay-straight alliance. While establishing the Rainbow Alliance Club, Ezra must simultaneously negotiate homophobia, toxic friendships and messy scandals. Along the way, he discovers (sometimes pleasantly, sometimes not) that the people around him are not always what he thought the ...more
Mario
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It gets better, they say to young people trying to come out of the closet, and that is true. But for the individual going through that process, it can be overwhelming. Kevin Craig authentically weaves a story of the adolescent journey of self-acceptance and the need to be loved. His characters come alive in their teenage angst and drama. I found myself falling in love with the main characters, Ezra, Marc, and Nettie. I could change the names and be right back in my high school so many years ago. ...more
Katherine (DarlingBibliophile)
I was a bit uncomfortable with the blatant fat shaming and food shaming in some of the earlier chapters, but otherwise was a very nice book to read!
G. LPC
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a read that went the whole spectrum of emotions, as if you could ascribe a color to each emotion and then run the gamut. At times you will laugh, cry, burble with anger, grow silent with sadness, grind your teeth with rage, feel your heart swell with love, and those are just a few of the emotions felt between these covers. To say it simply: this book shredded me. It eviscerated me. I am changed. I will never be the same, and that's okay. Thank you, Kevin, for writing this book, and for ...more
Margaret Lesh
This book is so many things. It's about being a teenager, caught up in a swirl of conflicting emotions. It's about equality and being able to live your true self without shame, without fear, just being who you are without having to look over your shoulder. Everyone knows how hard the teen years are to navigate to begin with, but dealing with issues of sexuality, identifying as LGBTQ and the often related intolerance make those coming-of-age years that much harder. Kevin Craig's novels get right ...more
Ulysses Dietz
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pride Must be a Place
By Kevin Craig
MuseItUp Publishing, 2018
Four stars

I mostly loved this book – loved the writing, loved the characters (especially the central teenager, Ezra Craine), loved the story arc that took things in slightly different directions than the basic coming out in high school story.

In a provincial Canadian town, Ezra has to deal with a hostile and (he’s sure) homophobic father on the one hand, while on the other hand coping with his second-best friend Alex Mills. Alex has bee
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Jennifer Turney
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read a book written by Kevin that I didn't enjoy. He has a sort of magic that gives life to his characters. In this book, from the hero to the bully, these are people I could have gone to high-school with. Everyone knew a 'Nettie', everyone loved to hate a 'Will' and day dreamed about their 'Marc'. And all of us can relate (in some way) to the struggles Ezra has and admire his courage and conviction.

I was drawn in from the start and genuinely relived some of that long forgotten YA
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Abigail
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
Aw this gave me some high school GSA feels. It was a big effort for my school's GSA to get off the ground, and it was fun (mostly? Some of the situations the characters get into are quite serious) to read about this group of students trying to get theirs going. I also really liked that the topic of toxic friendships also got addressed in the narrative. Overall a solid time. ...more
Charlotte
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtq
This story is many things... it's part romance, part coming-of-age, part drama... it's got a bit of everything. I loved the main character, Ezra. He's a smart, little bit unsure, teenager trying to figure himself out. ...more
Tracey White
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! It took me a chapter or two to get into, because of the vernacular of a high school boy. But I sure did get into it! I laughed quite a bit, and I cried ugly tears. To me, that's what makes a good fiction piece.
I look forward to reading more of Kevin's work.
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Indigo Wayworth
3.5 stars. A really well paced read, and a sweet story as well! I was really uncomfortable with the constant use of blatant slurs, and one of the characters really peeved me the entire story.
Full review to come!
S.T. Hills
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable book. Written for young adults but the author had a way of taking me back into time when I was young.
Lovely characters and theme. Shout out for a sequel.
Kerry Craven
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutel6 loved this novel. Will definitely be recommending to a lot of my students!
Chase Hackett
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific story of high school, coming out, first crushes and a first boyfriend.
Carol Levitt
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous!

Such an unexpected book... in the best way possible. I know this word is overused, but it feels right... this book is authentic. Read it!
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