Openly Straight

by | Read by Pete Cross

Published by Dreamscape Media

Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He's been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers & championed by his progressive parents. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down and realizes his own labels aren't well-concealed. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben...who doesn't even know that love is possible.

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Openly Straight

Rafe, who’s been out since he was 14, escapes labeling by leaving Colorado for a private boy’s school in New England. From the first, Pete Cross’s narration describes the high spirits of Rafe and his family. His loving mother is overly involved and well intentioned. His father is jokey as he records this big event. Rafe teases his parents affably as he prepares for his great new adventure. The humor continues outwardly throughout the book, but Cross undercuts it with Rafe’s uncomfortable inner feelings. Cross depicts how Rafe blithely joins jock clubs and masks his former self. When a sensitive teacher urges him to write honestly, Cross’s delivery reflects how Rafe wrestles with honesty, hides truths in a romantic relationship, and finally faces the painful path to becoming his real self. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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