Steven begins by clearly asserting that he is absolutely, positively not gay. He is able to rationalize with great aplomb his attraction to men, his love of square dancing, and the fact that he’s never shown an interest in girls. But when he begins to question his own excuses, Steven launches into a hilarious series of events in an effort to assert his heterosexuality. But everything intended to bring what he believes to be his “latent” attraction to girls to the forefront — a dismal attempt to bond with the overly-manly hockey team, a series of dates with as many girls as he can round up — ends in complete failure. When he invents a girlfriend named Kelly to take to a school dance in order to throw his mother off the scent (he ends up taking his best friend’s golden retriever named Kelly as a “statement”), he is forced to at last confront the fact that he is gay.

When he tells his best friend Rachel that he is gay, her reaction is finally! In fact her whole family parents and little brother think it is about time he realized that he was gay.Rachel is a real go getter. She immediately want to form a gay-straight alliance in their high school which horrifies Steven.

Steven  reminds me of Raj in The Big Bang Theory who in one show will exclaim to himself, “I am so not gay” but in the next episode he will be the only one who raises his hand when the group is asked who likes puffy sleeves for bridesmaids.

It’s a great coming out story for teens. It won an American Library Association Best Book for Young adults.

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