Digital Scholastic Audiobooks 2017
DD ISBN 978-1-338-11913-8 $27.99
Dan Bittner's narration develops the unique personality of 17-year-old Ben, a secondary character in Konigsberg's earlier book OPENLY STRAIGHT. At the end of that story, Ben has pushed away Rafe, his best friend with whom he had a brief lover relationship. In this follow-up, Bittner quickly reveals Ben's intelligence and introspection. His delivery continually contrasts Ben's sensitivity with the insensitivity of others--his gruff and domineering father, his macho baseball teammates, and his elite classmates at the boarding school to which he's earned a scholarship. In a complex portrait, Bittner captures Ben's confused central conflict--is he gay, or straight, or is he only "gay-for-Rafe"? Keeping the plot engaging, Bittner highlights Ben's search for his identity. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2017]
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