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Big Guy
     

Big Guy

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by Robin Stevenson
 

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Derek thinks he might be falling in love. The problem is, he hasn't been entirely honest with his on-line boyfriend. Derek sent Ethan a photo taken before he got depressed and gained eighty pounds. Derek hasn't been honest with his employer either. When he lied about his age and experience to get a job with disabled adults, the last thing he expected was to meet a

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Derek thinks he might be falling in love. The problem is, he hasn't been entirely honest with his on-line boyfriend. Derek sent Ethan a photo taken before he got depressed and gained eighty pounds. Derek hasn't been honest with his employer either. When he lied about his age and experience to get a job with disabled adults, the last thing he expected was to meet a woman like Aaliyah. Smart, prickly and often difficult, Aaliyah challenges Derek's ideas about honesty and trust. Derek has to choose whether to risk telling the truth, or to give up the most important relationship in his life.

Editorial Reviews

Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"Complex themes handled very well with humor and directness, this book would be a good addition to a HS library."
CM Magazine
"Engrossing and heartfelt...Stevenson deals with controversial and emotional issues with sensitivity and realism. Recommended."
TeensReadToo.com
"A fast read that should appeal to any reader looking for a story of self-acceptance and the determination to carry on."
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Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
Derek, 17 years old, is going through a lot of changes as he becomes an adult. The author does an excellent job of getting inside Derek's head and showing the emotions involved. Her approach is almost poetic, almost a stream of consciousness. As a young gay man, Derek is dealing with his first real romantic involvement, online, problems with his own body image, his father's non acceptance of his sexual orientation, his first job outside his comfort zone, and friends who are experiencing similar issues. He meets a young handicapped woman through his job. They help each other learn about their own shortcomings and strengths. He learns about family love from a female friend, also gay, whose family takes him in when his own father kicks him out. Despite the shortness of this novella, the author shines a lot of light on a lot of issues. Reviewer: Sue Poduska

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551439105
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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That picture I sent? It was taken last year, before Mom left. Before I packed on all this fat. That was a good eighty pounds ago though: you wouldn’t even recognize me if you saw me now.

I barely recognize myself.

Meet the Author

Robin Stevenson is the author of twenty books for kids and teens. Her novels include The World Without Us and The Summer We Saved the Bees, as well as the Silver Birch Award-winner Record Breaker, and the Governor General's Award finalist A Thousand Shades of Blue. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.robinstevenson.com.

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Big Guy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Derek is seventeen. He has dropped out of school and is working in a nursing home. He lives alone with his less-than-supportive father who looks down on everything in Derek's life. Derek can't even imagine what his father would do if he knew the truth - Derek is gay.

Recently, Derek has been exchanging emails with Ethan. They have established a real friendship over the Internet. In fact, the friendship has blossomed into much more, at least for Derek. There's a problem, though. Derek sent Ethan a picture that doesn't really resemble the Derek of today. It was taken some time ago before Derek's mother left to join a cult. He has put on some extra weight since the picture was taken, and now Ethan has just broken the news that he wants to meet in person.

Should he tell the truth or break things off?

This sounds like a fairly shallow storyline, but much more is revealed about Derek's struggle to accept his unforgiving father, his absent mother, and himself. BIG GUY is a fast read that should appeal to any reader looking for a story of self-acceptance and the determination to carry on.