Seamus Rafael Goldberg, aka Rafe, is tired. Tired of being “The gay kid” who plays soccer. “The gay kid” who hangs with Claire Olivia. So he decides to reinvent himself without the label. Because he’s more than just that. He goes to a new school, where he finds himself among the jock crowd, and he loves it. But what happens when he falls in love with Ben, who doesn’t know about Rafe’s past? Can he give up a part of who he is, and still be himself?
Kudos for Openly Straight…
- Sid Fleischman Award for Humor
- Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalist
- Lambda Literary Award Finalist
- Rave review in The New York Times!
- Starred Reviews from Booklist and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
- YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014
- YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee, 2014
- ALA’s Rainbow List
- Texas Library Association’s TAYSHAS List (Top Ten Title)
- CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin) Choices Lost, 2014
- Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education (Starred Title)
- Notable Book for a Global Society Award – IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG
- Georgia Peach Award nominee
- North Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee
- Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Teens List
- Summer ’13 Kids’ Indie Next List
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
What people are saying about Openly Straight…
“An exceptionally intelligent, thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel about the labels people apply to us and that we, perversely, apply to ourselves. A sometimes painful story of self-discovery, it is also a beautifully written, absolutely captivating romance between two boys, Rafe and Ben, who are both wonderfully sympathetic characters. With its capacity to invite both thought and deeply felt emotion, Openly Straight is altogether one of the best gay-themed novels of the last ten years.” — Michael Cart, Booklist Starred Review
“Konigsberg’s lovely novel invites us to walk with Rafe through his season of assumed identity and his costly emergence into honesty. It’s beautiful. It’s a story of salvation.” — Jeff Chu, New York Times
“Openly Straight aims high and succeeds brilliantly. It’s
up-to-the-second contemporary, funny, unexpected, peppered with
terrific dialogue — and best of all, achingly honest.”
–Ned Vizzini, bestselling author of IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, and
THE OTHER NORMALS
“An original, thought-provoking, hilarious story about the importance
of embracing your true identity, and the cost to yourself and others
when you don’t.”
–Julie Anne Peters, award-winning author of LUNA and KEEPING YOU A SECRET
“Bill Konigsberg hands a great “high concept” to a really compelling
narrator and presents us with a terrific read. Openly Straight is
smart, funny and unflinching. Read this book.”
–Chris Crutcher, bestselling author of DEADLINE, WHALE TALK and PERIOD 8
“OPENLY STRAIGHT sports a sharp plot with a twist, sympathetic (and
totally hot) characters, and universal appeal. It’s a must-read for
–Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the WAKE Trilogy and the VISIONS Series
“A terrific new novel with a very contemporary take on coming out and
an age-old look at falling in love.”
— Brent Hartinger, award-winning author of GEOGRAPHY CLUB (soon to be
a major motion picture) and THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE
“For anybody who ever wished they could be someone else (and who
hasn’t?), OPENLY STRAIGHT provides a fun and intriguing,
twisting-and-turning romp through sexuality, identity, friendship, and
— Alex Sanchez, award-winning author of RAINBOW BOYS and BOYFRIENDS
Coming in May, 2015: THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH!
Start in Billings, Montana
Carson Smith isn’t thrilled to spend the summer with his estranged dad. But then he meets Aisha Stinson, the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. And the smartest. And the funniest. They connect like he never has with anyone …
Also she’s a lesbian. So there’s that.
Turn left at the missing grandpa
Carson’s dad is still bitter about the disappearance of his dad more than thirty years earlier. When Carson and Aisha discover a box of recent cards from his grandfather, they realize the old man is still out there somewhere.
What are two bored teenagers in the middle of nowhere to do?
Proceed for 1,293 miles across the country
So Carson and Aisha being a journey with no destination, to find a man who wanted to be lost, in an unreliable Dodge Neon, with one very prickly mascot. And what comes next is an extraordinary, enlightening, hilarious, inspiring, complete and utter mindblower of a road trip that will transform both their lives.
You have arrived at
The Porcupine of Truth.
What early reviewers are saying about THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH:
“Quirky, hilarious, sad, and ultimately tender. The world could use more tenderness and more books like this one. Words like ‘Brilliant’ are so overused when praising novels–so I won’t use that word. I’ll just think it.” – Benjamin Alire Saenz, award-winning author of ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE.
“Bill Konigsberg’s THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking, a funny and thought-provoking road trip with remarkable friends Carson and Aisha, who share tough lessons about mending fractures, forging bonds, and discovering grace. Undeniably human and unforgettably wise, this book is a gift for us all.” — Andrew Smith, award-winning author of GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE and 100 SIDEWAYS MILES.
Special paperback re-release out now — featuring a foreword by LGBT ally and former NFL player Chris Kluwe, as well as two new chapters!
What if the star of the high school football team was gay? In the Lambda Literary Award-winning OUT OF THE POCKET, 17-year-old Bobby Framingham is struggling with a secret. One of the most talented players in his state, Bobby knows he is different from his teammates. But he so much doesn’t want to be. Can he be one of the boys while still being who he is? And how will the girl who thinks she’s dating him take to the news?
Kudos for Out of the Pocket…
- Lambda Literary Award Winner – 2009 Children’s/Young Adult
- ALA’s Rainbow List
- NYPL’s Stuff of the Teen Age List
- Fall ’08 Kids’ Indie Next List
What people are saying about Out of the Pocket…
“A thought-provoking, funny, and ultimately uplifting story of
self-actualization that masterfully defies stereotypes about both
coming out and team sports.”
–School Library Journal
“A thoughtful, powerful novel.”
“It’s tough enough completing your pass as the linebackers blitz, but
when your private life is also crashing in, the game is about
survival. A hard-hitting first novel about quarterbacking your life.”
– Robert Lipsyte, author of RAIDERS NIGHT
“How I rooted for Bobby, and all his imperfect, complicated,
– Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of DAIRY QUEEN and THE OFF SEASON
“The best teen novel I’ve read in ages. This book seamlessly combines
two genres, the sports novel and the coming-out story, to tell of a
star high-school quarterback who’s coming to terms with being gay
while caught in a national spotlight. Konigsberg avoids all cliches
and instead fills his book with funny, fantastic, surprising
characters. He also makes each football game a riveting, high-stakes
–Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books