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Publisher's Summary

Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can't stop dreaming about sex...with other guys.

Kyle Meeks doesn't look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to tell anyone - especially his parents.

Nelson Glassman is "out" to the entire world, but he can't tell the boy he loves that he wants to be more than just friends.

Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. In a revealing debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship.

©2001 Alex Sanchez (P)2012 AudioGO

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My favorite book

I don't know how many times I've read this book growing up but it's fantastic!!!!!! It is a must-read and the audio is absolutely fantastic

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Great book for middle school/ high school and up

I think that this was a great book. The character development made the reader want to invest in the characters in the story. It is also a great story for individuals who are struggling with their sexual identity and bullying.

Warning: trigger words/ hate speech present in book.

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I like this book

I love everything about this book and it's narrative. I read it before and listen to it twice. I think a lot of people should read or listen to this book, whether they are gay or not, and than ask themselves, "Is being gay a choice?". Who in their right mind will choose to be gay? Being gay isn't a chose.

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Mixed feelings

The characters were well-written, and their relationships with each other and their families felt real. The book feels like a morality play, to a certain extent. The moral was heavy-handed, although I appreciate that people are writing books about how hard life is for teens in general, and the added difficulty of being lgbtq.
The details, though... it felt like it was set in 1990. Tapes? A chain-smoking teen? The over-all homophobic atmosphere? Oof. Or the author hasn’t really paid attention to teen culture since 1990... this part made it pretty painful to get through, honestly. Of course, I say that, but at the same time, when it ended I burst out “Wait, that’s it?!” So... lol Yeah. 4 stars.

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Terrible narration!

The narrator is the stereotypical prissy pants that straight people visualize with “gay guys.” His voice is like nails on a chalkboard. Come on people! The majority of us are not limp wristed nor effeminate. Let’s get real!

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AMAZING

I have the physical copies of all three of these books and was super excited to listen to them in audio form too yassss

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Bit boring and preachy

This book had the potential of being great the whole time, but would get mired constantly in preachy monologues masquerading as self reflection.

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A fumbling Time capsule into adulthood.

the feels like a time capsule of days where anxiety was closer than your best friend could ever be. A wonderful listen and I was so invested in the characters that by the end of the book I felt like I knew them.

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The narrators voice is too flat

For a story that needs emotion, the narrators flat tone kind of kills the story

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So Relatable

We all have our own stories of how it happened and the courage that it took. I really enjoyed this book and could relate to each of the characters in one way or another.