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Rafe is starting a new school and all boys school. He wants to make a fresh start and become something more than just the openly gay soccer player. He believes the only way to make that fresh start is by not telling anyone that he is gay.
This was such an entertaining book. Rafe grew up with such a wonderful, supportive family. When he told his parents that he was gay, they through him a coming out party, his mother became the president of PFLAG, and Rafe even begin to give openly speaking to other students about the coming out process. But along the way he began to feel that his sexuality was the only thing about him rather than just being a part of what makes him a person.
So he takes the chance to move to a new all boys boarding school and to keep his sexuality to himself. I loved all the internal debates Rafe had with himself about being honest and how that honestly might limit him. By remaining in the closet, he was able to have a very different relationship with his soccer teammates.
As the book progressed he stopped caring about so many of the stereotypes and what others were thinking about. He becomes better friends with his roommate and his friend Toby. Rafe even begins to have a deeper relationship with another boy named Ben. They had a rough start to friendship and as Rafe's feelings begin to deepen, he feels guilty about lying to Ben.
This was such a well written story about identity, honesty and friendships. I loved the family elements that were in this book and I liked all of Rafe's imperfections.
I give this book a B.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.