From the award-winning author of George, the story of a boy named Rick who needs to explore his own identity apart from his jerk of a best friend.
Rick's never questioned much. He's gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff's acted like a bully and a jerk. He's let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn't given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out.
But now Rick's gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school's Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that . . . understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.
As they did in their groundbreaking novel GEORGE, in RICK, award-winning author Alex Gino explores what it means to search for your own place in the world . . . and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.
About the Author
Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. George was their first novel. George was a winner of the Children's Stonewall Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Children's Choice Book Awards, among a host of others. George was also featured on several Best of the Year lists. For more about Alex, please visit alexgino.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter I Rick Ramsey, Right Hand Man 1
Chapter II She Doesn't Use That Name Anymore 16
Chapter III Ice Cream Either Way Isn't a Bad Deal 31
Chapter IV Plato Was Gay, Even During Science Class 52
Chapter V The Ketchup Kerfuffle 61
Chapter VI On Best Friends 78
Chapter VII The Rainbow Spectrum 88
Chapter VIII Out of Sync 108
Chapter IX Pronouns and Purpose 118
Chapter X Secrets Shared 137
Chapter XI Less Brave than a Poster 152
Chapter XII A Stellar Idea 164
Chapter XIII Up in Flames 172
Chapter XIV Theater Thrives on Spontaneity 185
Chapter XV Gamma Ray Goes to Space Con 199
Chapter XVI We Are All Beautiful 213