Absolutely, Positively Not… by David LaRochelle
Steven DeNarski is a 16 year old high school student who tries very hard to deny his homosexuality. He drools over his hunky male math teacher and even square dances but he is absolutely, positively not gay. In an effort to try to be normal, Steven covers his walls with posters of women and even buys a playboy magazine to replace the international male catalogs under his bed. To fit in with his peers, he tries to hang out with the jocks and goes on failed dates with some female classmates. Although this delights his parents, it still doesn’t feel right to Steven. To trick his mom into thinking he has a date to the school dance, he takes his fake girlfriend Kelly who is actually a dog. That’s when he comes to a realization that in fact he is gay, but now he has to come out to his best friend and even harder, his parents. This light-hearted book is best for teen readers but is all around relevant to audiences by Stevens need for acceptance.
Madison R., Class of ’11
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