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Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn’t want to think about, ever.

Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His “wives” and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won’t like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he’s the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what’s considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.

Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they’re willing to risk — to get the thing they want the most.


  • Starred review from Booklist: “In this ambitious novel, Konigsberg demonstrates once again why he is one of the major voices in LGBTQ literature.”
  • Starred review from School Library Journal. “Give to fans of Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. A first purchase for public and high school libraries.”
  • “The result is a story with imperfect characters who are, refreshingly, called out on problematic behaviors and aim to do better. A fresh addition to the menu of queer teenage love stories.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Konigsberg explores how conventional ideas about masculinity trap young men into believing they must act a certain way…. A fun, romantic, and moving novel.” — Publishers Weekly
  • “Readers seeking an unusually thoughtful gay-positive romance will find this moving.” — BCCB
  • “This book offers an interesting perspective on growing up and coming-of-age by crafting two main characters who offer unique points of view for an often underserved audience. This is a much-needed book in every high school library.” — School Library Connection
  • “With The Music of What Happens, Bill Konigsberg serves up a profound examination of masculinity, consent, and relationships through the eyes of two of the most endearing narrators I’ve ever read. Jordan and Max are vulnerable, sweet, funny, and flawed. Teens, whether they identify as LGBTQIA+ or not, are lucky to have this book in their lives.” — Shaun David Hutchinson, author of We Are the Ants
  • “The Music of What Happens is a compelling, laugh-out-loud story, as swoon-worthy as it is deeply affecting. Max and Jordan grabbed hold of my heart from the moment I met them and I don’t see them letting go any time soon. Konigsberg has a way of making me see the world–and food trucks!–a little differently.” — David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
  • “Bill Konigsberg has a way of creating characters that could be your next door neighbor, your best friend, or that cute boy who once helped you change a flat tire. Max and Jordan will find their way into your heart, and after the last page, you’ll regret that they aren’t real. Once you start reading The Music of What Happens, you won’t be able to stop.” — Brigid Kemmerer, author of Letters to the Lost


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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 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.

“Konigsberg weaves together a masterful tale of uncovering the past, finding wisdom, and accepting others as well as oneself.” – School Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Konigsberg crafts fascinating, multidimensional teen and adult characters. A friendship between a straight boy and a lesbian is relatively rare in YA fiction and is, accordingly, exceedingly welcome. And that’s the truth.” – Booklist (Starred Review)

“Konigsberg eloquently explores matters of family, faith, and sexuality. …  Bouts of humor leaven the characters’ intense anguish in a story that will leave readers thinking about inherited traits (whether an oddball sense of humor or a tendency to overdrink), the fuzzy lines between youth and adulthood, and the individual nature of faith.” – Publishers Weekly

“The story tackles questions about religion, family, and intimacy with depth and grace. … Equal parts funny and profound.” – Kirkus Reviews


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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?

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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
openly everyone!”
–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

“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



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The companion to the award-winning Openly Straight, called “remarkable…deeply satisfying and as honest as its appealing protagonist” (Booklist). Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Andrew Smith, and John Green!Ben Carver is back to normal. He’s working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He’s even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past.Except…There’s Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighboring school, who attracts him and distracts him. There’s his mother, whose quiet unhappiness Ben is noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away. And there’s Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else . . . and maybe the real normal that Ben needs.

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What people are saying about Honestly Ben

* “Konigsberg has again done a remarkable job developing characters and inviting readers to consider the meaning of friendship with all its rewards and challenges. Extremely well written, this novel of ideas is deeply satisfying and as honest as its appealing protagonist.” — Booklist, starred review

* “Well-rounded characters take readers from serious, thoughtful discussions to typical teen pranks with ease . . . Equal parts serious and funny as it addresses homophobia, hazing rituals, and cheating while also delighting readers with a slice-of-life tale set at a private academy.” — School Library Journal, starred review

* “Konigsberg again realistically explores what happens when one’s self butts up against . . . the world’s expectations and assumptions . . . The result is a refreshingly honest exploration of modern relationships and an understanding that love can take many shapes and forms.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Honestly Ben is funny, complex, joyful, heartbreaking, and exceedingly wise all at once. A teenager with any question about the right way to live couldn’t ask for a better read.” — Geoff Herbach, author of Anything You Want and Stupid Fast

“It’s hard to write a good sequel, keeping what people loved about the first book, but adding something fresh and new. Not surprisingly, Bill Konigsberg pulls it off wonderfully in Honestly Ben.” — Brent Hartinger, author of Geography Club and Three Truths and a Lie



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Paperback re-release available now!

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?

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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,
oh-so-human friends.”
– 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

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  4. Albert says:

    I just have to say I finish reading Openly Straight and I loved it. It’s a great new way of putting the gay character in the role of a straight character. I love it how you referenced to Alex Sanchez’s books. I have to admit I have never heard of the author before but I gave it a chance and I wasn’t disappointed. Thank you; I usually don’t like some of the gay novels but you are one of the few exceptions with Alex Sanchez and David Levithan ( I hope I spelled his last name right; if not, forgive me.

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  10. Arthur says:

    please make a second book continuing Ben and Rafe’s relationship.

    I will die.

    No lie, I can feel my life force leaving my body as we speak.

    • Kevin Xiong says:

      Me too!! I would die as well! I really want a book two!! The book was so devastating at the end and makes me want to read more and more! I loved it!

  11. Brian says:

    Openly Straight is the best book ever! Please make a part two of this book! I just finished reading it and now my feelings are everywhere.. I need to know what happens between the characters.. my life depends on it! I think I fell in love with Ben too. I just ugh you don’t know how attached I am right now to these characters. I ship them SO HARD YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW!! HAHA

  12. jenny says:

    This second book needs to happen. Immediately..

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  15. Makaila Bolley says:

    So i just finished Openly Straight yesterday. I finished it in a day, and it takes an amazing book for me to do that. As a leader of the Holt GSA this is a book I know will speak to many of my members and i wanted you to know how amazing I think it is that you write the books you do, because I feel not many authors are comfortable writing a book feature a gay teen as the main character.

  16. Christian says:

    I just finished this book and I loved it!! There has to be a second! I need to know if what becomes of Ben and Rafe. Maybe it could be in Ben’s Pov…?

    • bkonigsberg says:

      Everybody seems to want more Ben and Rafe! We’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed, won’t we?

      • Christian Torres says:

        Yes we need more Ben and rage do you realize how much money you would make by making that book be a series I can live with how it ended the book was so good 😀

      • Christian Torres says:

        Sorry I meant Ben and *rafe

      • Ian says:

        I just recently heard of this book. And now that i’ve finished it. I am deeply devastated at how Ben and Rafe’s story ended. I appreciate the philosophy and deep thoughts of this towards lgbt. But i really wish i can fall in love with Ben & Rafe more, if that’s even possible

  17. Kyler says:

    Dear Bill Konigsberg:

    I first heard of your book ‘Openly Straight’ mentioned by Cheryl Klein on a podcast she contributes to called ‘The Narrative Breakdown’. Within 20seconds of her talking about it I was hooked. I had to read it. When I finally did manage to pick up a copy recently, it took me all of a day to read it cover-to-cover. I couldn’t stop, and when I finished…I was heart-broken. Sad that it was over. I was, and am, more sad that there was no definitive conclusion to Rafe and Ben’s relationship. So, I guess the point of this comment is to “subconsciously” persuade you to continue the story in some form or another because it is killing me on the inside and I’m confused as to why. Confused about a lot of things we’ll just say. Yours is the first book I’ve read regarding its topic and there is so much being said that needs to be said to be heard by everyone. I’ve never felt this way towards a book before. Maybe because it hits so close to home in various ways…I’m not sure. I am sure that there needs to be a hell of a lot more young people reading it, understanding it. And while you work on a sequel to this journey that has tortured me so, I believe ‘Openly Straight’ should be worked into a film of its own some how. Seriously… As an aspiring screenwriter and ardent film geek, I can’t help but be transfixed with the idea of your amazing book becoming a film of its own. Anyway, thank you for ‘Openly Straight’. I hope I didn’t go too overboard with this comment/essay/letter?


    • bkonigsberg says:

      Not at all! I loved reading it! The most surprising thing about the response to Openly Straight is just how many people feel like they NEED to know what happens next. When you’re writing a book, you don’t always know how people will react, or I suppose I should say you never know. I truly in my heart felt like this was a happy ending, because I was so focused on Rafe’s growth, and as many people have pointed out, there really is no way to conclude the relationship differently based on what’s just gone down. I figured, “Well, it’s open ended. People will have hope for the future.” But that has NOT been the reaction for so many readers. All I can tell you is that in one form or another, you will get your answer. The option to the novel is currently held by a production company, so it’s possible that the answer will come in TV/film form. If not, I will either write a sequel that is published traditionally, or untraditionally. Do not despair; at some point, there will be more Rafe and Ben!

      • Kyler says:

        You’re absolutely right. Thinking back on it now, I don’t believe I would have been satisfied with a, “and they lived happily ever after” ending. So while I still have this burning desire to find out if Rafe and Ben will truly reconcile, I can’t help but be happy with Rafe’s growth as you mentioned.
        I feel like this ‘need’ to know what comes next is simply us saying we never wanted it to end in the first place. Being exposed to Rafe’s world was profound and honest on so many levels. I myself have never experienced anything like it and it was/is heartbreaking in many ways. Perhaps I just need some recovery time.
        I am very excited to hear that the option is being held by a production company! Thinking back to my Producing Classes I realized I’ve forgotten how harrowing the process of getting a book to screen can be…and I barely know the half of it. I guess I will have to be patient, as hard as that will be, and hope for the best. I’m very excited for the future of ‘Openly Straight’ and yourself, and I wish you nothing but the best. Looks like I will need to pick up a copy of ‘Out of the Pocket’ to fill my void of Rafe and Ben.

        Thanks for the reply!

      • Thank you omg I can’t even begin to explain how happy this has made me! I was told by my school librarian about the new book and I was the first to read it in my school! I’m so glad I picked that book up because It was so breathe taking I couldn’t put it down!!! I can’t wait for the next book or the book to be made into a movie because it’s such an amazing story! Honestly I’ve never felt this way about any book something about this book made me feel alive like I was living in rafe’s Shoes and I for that simple fact didn’t like the ending lol it felt like I had just jumped off a cliff haha I needed more! I know everything must end but i hope for this story it’s many books later lol

  18. Olivia says:

    Openly Straight is the most realistic book I have ever read about being youtself. I loved it and I highly recommend everyone to read it.

  19. Barry says:

    Wow-I am speechless! I have to say I enjoyed Out of the Pocket, but Openly Straight was amazing! I had to rush home from work every night to see what was going to happen next. I loved the diary portion, along with teacher feedback! The character’s were believable. I related to Rafe and Ben on so many different levels. I’ve lived Rafe’s “being one of the guys”. I still do but openly. I was a jock in my younger days, but closeted. Today though, my straight friends are tickled when I win the Fantasy Football league or the March Madness pool! Thank you for giving us good fiction to read. I haven’t found an overwhelming amount so I look for more of your work in the future! OK, I like many others want a sequel-it’s not a bad thing. You just had us caring so much about these characters!

  20. Kate Norbury says:

    Will you publish anything in 2014?

    • bkonigsberg says:

      The Porcupine of Truth will be published in the summer of 2015.

      • Ian says:

        Seen it. Bought it. Soon to read it… When do you suppose we’ll catch a glimpse of more Ben and Rafe? My heart is yearning.

      • bkonigsberg says:

        I know, I know… everybody wants more Ben and Rafe! It’s coming, I promise. I’m working on it as we speak. The publishing process takes a long time, unfortunately, so expect to see it in the second half of 2016. I wish it was sooner!

  21. Mason says:

    Wow! I’ve read both of your books in the past few weeks and they were both amazing! I loved Openly Straight! The part of the book that really struck me was when Rafe was at the school talking to the students about being gay, and the boy raises his hand and has a question about what his friend should do about coming out because his parents were so homophobic. It was just such an amazing book, not just a cute little love story, but a very realistic story about how you shouldn’t keep yourself hidden. Thank you!

  22. Sky says:

    Dear Bill,

    Your book has been a great influence to it’s readers in a myriad of ways. Personally, I believe that it has an appeal to people, in general. It broke the barrier and the misconception that gay novels should only be for the LGBT community. I am very glad that you did what you did and let me tell you that it was “impeccable!” As I read the book, I realized that I was no longer reading a story but I was actually taking a peek out of life. Though I know that you might already be tired of people asking for a sequel, I am pleading you write a sequel. Fingers crossed, I am hoping that you will continue to inspire us the way you do.

    PS. I know that it is an open-ended novel but it is an agonizing wait for the sequel. I hope it comes soon!

  23. jesse says:

    Why is there no closure to Ben and Rafe’s relationship?

    • jesse says:

      Okay, so after reading ALL of the comments. .. I feel a little better on what’s to come. This book was amazing. I am on the NEED to know what happens next. I believe this is the most amazing story since the rainbow series by Alex Sanchez. It’s refreshing to find a story that’s so real. Most I find are showing only the promiscuity of gay life, and not the coming of age feelings we all go through. I got this book for my birthday, have to say it’s my favorite gift I received. Please let us know when there’s more to come.

      • bkonigsberg says:

        LOL I hear you. I know how much people want more from Ben and Rafe. I promise you it will come. I’ll post news when it’s available, probably later this summer!

  24. Michael Möller says:

    I have just finished reading “Openly Straight” (in the German translation “Offen Hetero”). It has touched me deeply. Not just because of the story of Rafe and Ben, but because this is not just “Another Gay Story” not just a story but also a very emotional, realistic and touching description of the person Rafe. Through the reading as well as now after finishing all my thoughts are at Natick, at Rafes way to act to his friends and at Mr Scarboroughs way to confront Rafe with his previous life to get him to his second coming out. It has so many parallels to my life. I am not worried about the future of Rafe, but someone has to help Ben coming out. I feel very sad for him and for the broken friendship between Rafe and Ben. The story is not over for me… I need more. I need an end.
    You have with “Openly Straight” inspired me to write about my own life the way Mr Scarborough want it.
    Thank You Bill !
    Greetings from Denmark

  25. Shan says:

    Hi I would really l to know where I can find the audio book for Openly Straight so I can play it on my phone when I don’t end up having the book in my possession If anyone could tell where I could find one online that would be great. Thanks.

  26. Gabe says:

    I think that this book, less than three hours after I finished it, impacted my life. I was planning on doing exactly what Rafe did, except when I went away to college. I ran across this book online, and read what it was about, and realized I had to read it. So I did. First of all, I’m in love with Ben. Second, and more importantly, this book stopped me from doing something I never could have pulled off with my head intact. Thank you for this book. I finished it in one afternoon. Please write a sequel.

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  28. Ron B says:

    Loved Openly Straight. I shed a few tears but really enjoyed the story and characters.
    Thanks for that and I look forward to your other books.

  29. Zac says:

    Openly Straight is one of the best books I have ever read. I was so interested and finished the book in a day. I fell in love with the characters and grew attached. I hope there will be a second novel soon. I need to know what happens. I have so many questions that must be answered. LOVE THE BOOK.

  30. Aaron Stamps says:

    Dear Mr.Konigsberg,

    This is one of the first novels I have ever read with a gay main character that I can identify with, and reading it has helped me grow as a person and as a Gay Teen. I would also like to thank you on behalf of the entire world and I think I speak for them too when I say that this book is a jewel sparkling in a big pile of rubbish and it has changed my life so much .

    Thank You again,
    Aaron Stamps

  31. Kevin says:

    Dear Bill Konigsburg

    I hope you would read this. I emailed you this.
    I have to say. Your book “openly straight” is the best book I’ve ever written. It taught me to never hide away and always lean forward. I am bisexual but secret too. I’m just now starting to come out because of this amazing book you written. I wanted to ask you an important question. Will there be a book two? I would really love to read it and it would be the book I would spend money on. I really enjoyed your book and finished reading it in three days. That’s the best book I’ve read in forever. I will always love your books and expect more to come soon. The books about gays and sexuality is really interesting. I can’t say how much I love your book. I love the plot line and it’s the first book to make me want to read everything in it. It really made my emotions pour out. I cried when Rafe and Ben got into an argument and I gasped when I found out about Toby and Robinson! It’s the best book ever! Please keep writing.

    • Kevin says:

      I meant “one of the best books I’ve ever read”* sorry for that mistake

    • bkonigsberg says:

      Thank you so much! I am so glad this book has had such an impact on you. If it’s helping you be more authentically you, I consider that a great thing!

      Keep an eye on this site over the course of the next month or two for news about a possible sequel. I will share the news as soon as I can!

      • Kevin says:

        I want to thank you again! It’s a really great book! I will always keep my eye out for a possible sequal. Thanks.

      • jesse says:

        When will there be a sequel! I am really wanting to pick up more of the story. I have now read the book 4 times. I do appreciate that you interact with the readers as well. We are all excited and waiting.

  32. Marc says:

    Yesterday I finished reading the German Translation of “Openly straight” – the German title is “Offen hetero” which has – of course – the same meaning as the English title.
    What a great novel! I really enjoyed reading this! Good combination of interesting characters and several really heartfelt insights. The sort of books I like most have all these ingredients and this one really belongs to them now!
    Best wishes from Cologne, Germany! Die besten Wuensche aus Koeln, Deutschland!

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  35. Ian says:

    You know what i hate? Is people judging a book by whatever it is on the outside. They don’t even want to hear me out while i state that this is not “JUST ANOTHER GAY BOOK”. All they hear is “GAY GAY GAY” and their out. It frustrates me. Obviously.

    But who needs them, when there’s a whole community loving this book like myself.

    This made me think about myself, and be aware of my choices. Reflect on things that would have never come in mind, if not for this book. Contemplate on society and the image of “ME”. Think of “WHAT IF’S” and “PERCHANCE’S”.

    So yeah, it is a gay book. But that doesn’t mean it’s JUST a gay book. There’s more to it than what meets the eye. I just wish more people can see it, especially people that surrounds me.

    Thank you!
    You shouldn’t do harsh things to a teenage boy’s heart, like abruptly ending Ben and Rafe’s relationship as if its an object that can be put into hiatus. Please help me get back up.

  36. Ian says:

    What i really loved about Openly Straight is that, it has a voice. A message that had changed my perception of how things are supposed to be. I am enlightened by this. Opened up to new possibilities. Thank you for you had made me feel that I am not the only one who hates labels as well.

    Before reading this book, I hadn’t expected it to help me in such ways. Now that i’ve read it, a lot of things makes sense to me. Albeit i still have questions — that’s what the 2nd book is for — i have been changed by this. And i thank you for that.

    I really loved how you differentiate Acceptance from Tolerance.

  37. Brian says:

    Been reading the synopsis and book reviews of your novels, and I found them interesting to read. I might go to a book store right now or tomorrow or next next day, as long as I’m free, to find and buy your books.

    From the PH

  38. Hi I just finished Openly Straight like just now and I effin love it well I can relate to Rafe, Im gay: Im not in the closet but I dont realyy waved me being gay in peoples faces anyway I would really love a sequel of Openly Straight pls….

    P.S. Im 15 btw ahahaha

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  40. Ryan says:

    Hey, I know I’m kinda late to this party but Openly Straight is probably the best gay-themed book I’ve ever read. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, breathtaking and painstakingly beautiful. I literally could not keep my mind off it for the last week, so I figured I’d turn to the internet and hopefully get some more ideas from other readers. Since it’s almost 2017, I just wanted to check and see if you’re still planning to write a book 2 for this??? I would ABSOLUTELY die (in a good way) if I get any indication of a sequel. I really love all the characters and personalities that you put into Openly Straight, and I can’t wait to read the next!

  41. Bobbi Jo Chin Sue says:

    I’m a high school senior and my senior paper is a research paper. It’s about a banned book of our choice. I chose your book Openly Straight, and I was wondering if I would be able to ask you a few questions regarding your book and your feelings about the fact that your book was banned??

    • bkonigsberg says:

      Sorry that I didn’t have a chance to respond to this until now. I apologize. My email is my first initial, last name at the gmail. Send questions there. Thanks!

  42. Ron Cerabona says:

    Will the short story be included as a part of/supplement to the published book of Honestly, Ben? Would save a download and have it in a permanent place with the other books. Thanks, Ron
    PS Sorry that for whatever reason the other comments/queries had to be deleted – no offence was intended.

    • bkonigsberg says:

      Hi Ron,
      I didn’t get any other comments or queries that I know of! As for your question, no, the short story won’t be included with Honestly Ben. You’ll need to download it separately.

  43. Jesse says:

    I must say I just finished honestly Ben and I am very happy where the story went. Can’t thank you enough for the sequel. There are still questions left unanswered, but I am happy with the follow up and from a new characters point of view. Keep the story coming I’d read another! Does Ben get the award? Do they finish school at natick and what happens when they separate for college? You have gotten us all pretty attached to these characters. Great writing!

  44. Dave Huff says:

    This is a comment in response to your rationale for portraying a straight protagonist in The Porcupine of Truth – your statement that you are “more than gay”.

    First – does it remind you at all of the protagonist in Openly Straight? Just saying…. how interesting that you choose to remove the label from yourself which, from all I can see from your blogs, certainly defines you or defines a major part of you.

    So this is a very late response to your posting – but – hey – what the .. – why not. I for one am disappointed not by the quality of The Porcupine of Truth, (which is extraordinary and up to all of your previous works) but by this choice of a straight protagonist -so let me say why (since you so eloquently said why in the opposite direction in your posting). I am a gay man who grew up decades ago when it was even tougher and it isn’t a picnic now. Gay teens (male gay teens I can speak of and about and to – I am not a lesbian or trans or anything else so I can only speak to what I know) gay male teens have it tough enough, and it is hard enough to find good role models, fictions which doesn’t marginalize us (and yes – Modern Family and Will and Grace and Glee all marginalize us by portraying stereotypical gay male characters).
    So when an author stands up and says – “I am you (or like you) and I have made it this far and listen to my story (as told through my characters) and take heart!” – well, that’s just wonderful. Heartening. Enriching and empowering.
    Then, after reading Openly Straight, and Honestly Ben, and Out of the Pocket, and then reaching deep to find another ennobling work for a disenfranchised gay teen in a school somewhere lost in the sea of the assumption of heterosexuality, for that teen to begin to read and find he is reading about a troubled straight boy, of which there are thousands of examples in modern fiction, and not about himself any longer? that feels like a betrayal.
    Yes, you are more than gay – you are gay and talented and proud. And your family and your tribe are the gay boys who are your spiritual sons. To indulge yourself in being something else (because, after all, you are your characters in a very real way) feels like you have ducked into the closet and said – hey straight dudes – you don’t get us but we get you.
    Wrong (IMHO). If you urge your readers to be themselves, do us the honor of being yourself in your writing always. it is the least your children can expect.

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  47. Christian LaFreniere says:

    I am a selfish person. There I said it. I am not alone when I say that the fandom of Ben and Rafe must continue. Please Bill, please I implore you. One more novel to celebrate this wonderful relationship between there two remarkable characters. What do you say?

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