The (Half) Year of Openly Straight

I get Google Alerts. Every time somebody mentions me online, I get an alert. It’s way narcissistic. It’s like, “Tell me more about me, Google!”

One of my thousands of New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 is to become the opposite of a narcissist. I’m gonna be like Father Teresa, basically, and feed and clothe the poor (in that order with the cute ones), and when I sit at lunch with friends, we’re going to talk only about them. That’s the kind of non-narcissist that I, in my new Father Teresa role, will be.

But seeing as there are still a few hours left in 2013, let me “Me Me Me” another few moments and compile as many of Openly Straight’s kudos from what has been a fantastic year for me (me me), and it (it it).

Starred Reviews: 


Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Rave Review from The New York Times

Soon to be released in German!

These are the organizations/blogs/readers who have placed Openly Straight on its/their year-end lists:

Tayshas (Texas Library Association): Top 10 title

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Teens 2014: Nomination

Oregon Young Adult Network: Mock Printz Award Finalist

Rather Be Reading: Top 10 Best Books of 2013 (Rafe Goldberg also wins Most Memorable Character)

The Reading Date: No. 9

Beautiful Chaos: Favorite Book of the Year

Bibliojunkies: Nat’s Favorite of the Year

Me on Books: Underrated Books of the Year

Ami’s Hoard: Top 10 Favorite Reads of the Year

Thanks to every reader, fan, bookseller, reviewer, blogger, librarian, teacher, and friend who has picked up this book, read it, given it to a friend or someone who needs it, hand sold it, recommended it, talked it up… whatever it is you have done, thank you. This has been a truly beautiful year for me, and you have helped make it that way.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, prosperous 2014 for you!

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3 Responses to The (Half) Year of Openly Straight

  1. Thank YOU for writing a LIFE CHANGING book! Seriously. I tell everyone with a pulse about Openly Straight!

  2. Ullrich says:

    Thank you for this story indeed. I hope this sucess with lead to a sequel. (As sucessful summer blockbusters do).
    I’m one of those you hope Ben and Rafe will mend their their relationship next semester. It can’t end like this.

    Please tell me you are considering a follow up or epilogue.

    • bkonigsberg says:

      I am considering that, in some form. I can’t say too much about this right now, but I am optimistic that in one way or another I’ll be able to revisit this relationship.

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