Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.
And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And whi
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Openly Straight is the story of Rafe, a teenager who is terribly tired of being labelled as the ‘‘gay guy’’ in his city, Boulder. Ergo, he decides to go to an all-boy boarding school and hide this part of himself. Not lie about it, just never mention it.
Except, he does lie. He invents himself a girlfriend, so he can avoid further inquisition from his jock group of friends on the matter of the heart. Rafe is pretty keen on not letting the truth about his sexual orientation slip out, especially no
it was amazing
“You can be anything you want, but when you go against who you are inside, it doesn’t feel good.”
This was a (nearly) perfect read. I absolutely enjoyed reading Openly Straight . On one hand because I didn’t have any expectations towards it and on the other hand because it exceeded them anway.
I was suprised to like this book so much. The LGBT+ book market is still growing and growing. It’s hard to find a book in this category that is able to live up to the readers expectations or to s
Rafe has already “come out” as being gay. His parents are very accepting, his friends do, and he even does not face bullying because of it.
He just feels like he never truly gets to be a “normal” guy because everyone always sees him as “gay”.
So when he gets to go to boarding school he keeps his sexuality a secret. Not that he is ashamed. He just is tired of the labels.
“Back in Boulder, when people saw me, they saw the GAY kid. It was like, every second of my life, I had to be aware of the fact t
This book doesn’t do the usual teenage angsty stuff, or at least for me it didn’t. Rafe actually has a tad bit of sense in his head. Even if he does go the liar path.
I kept expecting the book to try and pull at my heartstrings.
It did, just not in the normal young adult book way. The main character Rafe knows that he is wrong in lying about himself, but he does it in a thoughtful way that makes you think throughout the whole book.
Interspersed throughout the book you have journal pages from Rafe that his teacher (who knows his secret) is grading. You see Rafe grow and change his mind on things that happen.
I think or rather hope that one day labeling people will stop. No one will stop and stare at two gay guys walking down the hall. That no one will think twice about that black guy over in men’s clothing.
“My mom has a saying when we ski,” I said. “She always says, ‘Lean forward, and head on down the mountain.’ I love that. It’s true, right? About life?”
“It means to be unafraid. Lean into the challenges, don’t lean back. I don’t always do it, but I love it.”
Book source: Library