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
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."
"Engrossing and heartfelt...Stevenson deals with controversial and emotional issues with sensitivity and realism. Recommended."
"A fast read that should appeal to any reader looking for a story of self-acceptance and the determination to carry on."
Read an Excerpt
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.