Absolutely, Positively Not...

Absolutely, Positively Not...

by David LaRochelle


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ISBN-13: 9780439591096
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

David LaRochelle is the author of many books for young people. He lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, where there are neither bears nor tigers. You can find out more about David and his books at www.davidlarochelle.com.

Jeremy Tankard is the author and illustrator of wonderful and silly books for children. He grew up in South Africa, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Canada. He currently resides in Toronto.

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Absolutely, Positively Not... 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
lbrignac on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Absolutely, Positively Not is a humorous book about a teenage boy accepting and admitting his sexual orientation. Steven, who is aware of his sexual attraction to men, struggles greatly with himself in admitting he is gay. He tries his hand at multiple masculine things like hanging pictures of woman around his room, eating lunch with ¿manly¿ hockey players, and dating numerous girls to prove to himself that he is straight. The author leads his readers to wonder if Steven is "absolutely, positively not...gay" or "absolutely, positively not...straight". This is a good read for a young adult struggling with his/her sexuality.
IEliasson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A gentle, humorous first person account of the coming out process by a sweet and funny high school junior, Steven Denarsky. Steven's process of self recognition is realistically portrayed, including the hilarious scene of surreptitious research on male teen sexuality. Steven's self-brainwashing campaign is comically tragic - he "absolutely, positively" can not be gay, because the prospect of ostracism and bullying by his peers is so frightening. This book is a wonderful candidate for a curriuclum unit on issues of sexual orientation and its social implications for hetero and homosexual teens. I think this would be excellent reading for homophobic boys to give them some insight into the lives of their victims.
BridgetMary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I added this book to my reading list on the basis of an article that appeared on "The Huffington Post." The article detailed the top LGBT YA books and while I appreciated the sensitive manner in which LaRochelle conveyed this important story, I find this distinction a bit dubious when considering the literary merits of this novel. I thought its tone was a bit too didactic, with distant characters and plot points far too awkward to be meaningful for most teens.
messelti on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When Steven develops a crush on a male teacher, he assumes it must be something else-he is ¿Absolutely, Positively Not¿ gay¿or is he? David LaRochelle¿s protagonist provides funny and poignant view of the confusion and loneliness that can affect gay teens, without serving as a caricature. Although this newly-discovered sexuality does weigh on Steven¿s mind for the majority of the novel, it is not the be-all-end-all of his actions or interactions with other characters. Absolutely, Positively Not¿¿s high school setting and themes of loneliness, questioning, belonging, and the urge for independence make this novel relatable to many teens, gay or straight, and LaRochelle¿s humorous style will keep them hooked to the last page. Highly recommended for any collection, in school or public libraries.
mzonderm on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Aside from the fact that I can't really relate to the story of a teenage boy coming to terms with the fact that he's gay, I really enjoyed this book. LaRochelle divides the story about equally between Steven's growing realization that he's gay and his process of coming out to his friends and family. Although the first half of the book became a bit tiresome after a while, the second half of the book more than made up for it. LaRochelle writes Steven's coming out scenes with humor and sensitivity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who is trying to figure out their sexuality while in high school this book made me feel a lot better actually. I'm trans and this is a hard enough thing, I'm sure, but sexuality is still difficult. It was a big comfort to find a nice book like this. This book is so well written and the characters seem lively and really relatable. Rachel, main character's best friend, was well intended but I didn't appreciate her and her family's comment of already knowing he was gay. It is completely realistic though. This book is very realistic and I absolutely LOVED it! I highly suggest this book to someone trying to figure their own sexuality out or just looking for a well written, relatable, and light-hearted book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun, well written coming of age novel.
PriPri More than 1 year ago
I'm not really sure how to describe it. It was funny and a little sad. I felt so bad for Stephen for being so clueless as to his own mind and for trying so hard to prove that he wasn't what he was. I suppose what makes it sad is that people struggle with this kind of thing everyday. I wanted to smack his best friend Rachel because whether or not you knew before he did, and even though you were supportive, you don't out anyone. I don't care if her family had already figured it out, it was up to Stephen to tell them he's gay. And his parents *sigh* they were so clueless, but in the end they were a good mom and dad. I think the best part was poor Stephen trying every idiotic thing he could to prove he wasn't gay.
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RockTheWorld27 More than 1 year ago
I hated this book. The whole thing was him denying that he was gay, when he was so obviously gay. I guess the best I could say about it was that I understood some things SLIGHTLY better when I was done, but I found it completely and utterly boring, stupid, and annoyingly predictable.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: This contemporary fiction book 'appropriate for later middle school through high school grades', tells the story of a suburban teen named Steven. Steven has a secret that he can¿t tell anyone: he square dances with his mom- and he likes it! While this is the biggest secret he thinks he has to keep, the arrival of Coach Bowman makes him question his sexuality. Steven tries a number of different ¿macho tasks¿ to prove to himself that he is not gay. For example, he sits at a table with the school jocks, hoping that their masculinity will rub off on him. He forces himself to cut out pictures of nearly nude women, and makes himself kiss their pictures every night. Steven also becomes a ¿serial dater¿- when his parents punish him for driving the truck without permission, he invites several girls from school over to his house. Each girl loves the ¿date¿, but Steven¿s best friend Rachel sees right through his games: what kind of guy gets a chance to be alone with attractive women, but helps them clean up their homes and play scrabble? He even manages to attract the beautiful foreign exchange student, who throws herself all over him, but he lies and tells her he can¿t sleep with her for a silly reason. Unfortunately, his growing feeling for Coach Bowman, and his lack of attraction to any girls makes him slowly come to terms with who he really is. Evaluation: This book seems to gloss-over the private emotions of the narrator and other characters in the story. The characters seem incredibly flat, and the setting is unrealistic. Steven¿s mom is the best-selling author of the book about how to raise a tidy child, but her house is a complete mess. His father is overly macho, and insults Steven for driving like his rule-abiding mother. Steven himself doesn¿t seem to feel the emotions that a real person, given his situation, would feel. The high school students in the story are far to accepting of differences, something that is unheard in most high schools. No one criticize Steven for bringing a dog to prom, and the jocks don¿t question him when he sits at their table for lunch. It should be noted that the jocks, and not Steven, are stereotyped in this story: they are portrayed as cavemen whose speech is unable to be more than laconic, and they do idiotic things like belching and farting for fun. When Steven finally decides to go to a meeting for gay and lesbian teenagers, he spots a guy from the hockey team. Steven begins telling him that he shouldn¿t look so uncomfortable and shouldn¿t be in denial. The hockey player is angry, but not realistically and just tells Steven he¿s not gay. Steven then discovers that the boy¿s mom is the coordinator of the group, and that she, not her son, is a homosexual. Steven¿s antics should have left him pulverized 'by the heartbroken girls he serial dated, and the students at prom', but everything turns out okay. While I didn¿t expect anything tragic to occur, Steven has fewer problems than real heterosexuals who are trying to date for the first time. For readers looking to experience what is like to be a teen that unsure of his/her sexuality, this book may be a great disappointment. Unlike Alex Sanchez¿s So Hard To Say, the story elements in this book appear to be far from authentic, completely underdeveloped, and are therefore not representative of quality realistic contemporary fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely, positively, Notis written by David Rochelle and is written for Young adults. This story is about a boy name Steven and he is a high school student who has problems, boy problems to be exact. He wants stop and really soon, before it¿s too late. This book is very diverse and has its own uniqueness. It¿s really something you would want to read when you are bored or in the mood to read something funny. The author describes things exactly how a person would see if in that situation. Even though the cover and the title is a little too girly and weird, it is really good for boys a girls. This book can really make your day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What if you were attracted to the wrong gender? That is precisely the conundrum that Steven DeNarski is facing.¿well, that and the fact that he enjoys square dancing and can¿t seem to pass his driver¿s test. This book introduces us to a very likable cast of characters and addresses the emotions of a teenage boy who is coming to grips with his belief that he is gay. While most of the scenarios present realistic situations (from researching in an attempt to change his feelings to ¿coming out¿), the story is superficial. Our hero is surrounded by a group of people who range in reaction from wonder that it could have taken him so long to acknowledge it to supportive denial. It paints a much rosier picture of how easy it would be to be gay than the suicide rates would support. It was a quick, cute read that would be great for starting conversations, but is not something I would rely on to paint the full picture of the issues surrounding teen homosexuality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The humor in this book fits well, but it doesn't overpower the book so you can still see the real message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A bit frothy but pleasant and fun to read. It is nice to read a book on this subject without the heavy angst.