Out with It: Gay and Straight Teens Write about Homosexuality


Sensitive issues of teen sexuality, coming out, homophobia, and relationships with family and friends are explored in a dozen articles authored by teens. Updated with new stories.
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Sensitive issues of teen sexuality, coming out, homophobia, and relationships with family and friends are explored in a dozen articles authored by teens. Updated with new stories.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Some of the authors in this valuable compilation of personal stories identify as gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/questioning (GLBTQ), while others have GLBTQ friends or family members. The selections are both powerful and poignant; many evoke deep emotional responses. The book's universal message is that at the core, everyone desires the same things: to be accepted and to be loved. However, not one essay describes a completely positive coming-out experience with parents, making the book unrepresentative of some teens' experiences. The writing styles vary, and some essays are stronger and clearer than others. Average-quality black-and-white drawings add little. The index lists the starting page of the essay in which a topic can be found. Desetta also provides information on the sponsoring organization, Youth Communication, and on foster care, which is a feature of life for many of the teen writers. Noticeably absent is a list of GLBTQ resources, such as websites, books, and hotlines. Overall, though, this title will be a useful addition.—Sarah K. Allen, Elko Middle School, Sandston, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933939728
  • Publisher: Youth Communication, New York Center
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 1,502,695
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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