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From The CriticsJason, Kyle and Nelson hang out in three very different cliques at their high school. Jason is a top football player with a serious girlfriend, Kyle is a quiet, serious student and Nelson is a flamboyant loner. All three are gay. Each one of these teenagers faces different coming-out issues: Jason does not want to admit that he is gay—especially to himself, even though he fantasizes about making love to a boy. Kyle feels comfortable with being gay, but does not want to tell his parents. And Nelson is physically bullied for being openly out to his family and peers. Seeking help and friendship through a Gay/ Straight Alliance, the three boys learn how to be themselves and stand up to their tormentors, who are not just ignorant students but also older predators and gay bashers. Just as he frankly addresses the hardships the boys endure, Sanchez writes with clear, honest language about their exhilarating first sexual experiences.