Tommy Stands Aloneby Gloria Velasquez
Uncomfortable with dating girls and equally distressed by his interest in a male friend, Tommy begin to cut classes
THE THIRD NOVEL in the Roosevelt High School Series for young adults, Tommy Stands Alone deals with a difficult issue: a young man's struggle with his sexual orientation, a struggle made more difficult by his family's traditional Hispanic expectations.
Uncomfortable with dating girls and equally distressed by his interest in a male friend, Tommy begin to cut classes and drink alcohol in order to avoid his friends and their increasing awareness that he may be gay. His attempt at suicide lands him in the hospital and leads to a fledgling relationship with counsel Ms. Martinez. Scenes narrated by Tommy are juxtaposed with those narrated by Ms. Martinez, whose brother committed suicide and whose brother-in-law has found out he is HIV positive. Family and friends' efforts to deal with his sexual preference and Tommy's encounters with bigoted students are all detailed realistically and will make worthwhile reading for young people.
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