Academic journal article Language Arts

Openly Straight

Academic journal article Language Arts

Openly Straight

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Openly Straight Written by Bill Konigsberg Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic, 2013, 320 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-50989-3

Rafe Goldberg is entering a New England boys' boarding school for his junior year, leaving behind a family and community in Boulder that celebrates him-along with his openness about his sexuality. Clear in his identity as a gay adolescent, Rafe is sick of the label that he feels overpowers every other aspect of his being. He longs to bond with guys in a way that transcends preconceived notions of the "gay kid" (p. 9). Central to this engrossing novel is the conflict that arises as Rafe enacts someone he is not in hopes of being seen for who he truly is.

The irony becomes apparent to Rafe in time, but the stage is set early. During a first-day pick-up football game, as Rafe revels in an easy camaraderie with presumably heterosexual classmates, he notices members of the opposing team "share an eye roll" (p. …

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