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There is one thing Steven knows for sure: He's absolutely, positively NOT gay.Steven's a 16-year-old boy with two obsessions: sex and getting his driving license. The problem is, Steven's not thinking girls when he's thinking sex. Could he be -- don't say it -- gay? Steven sets out to get in touch with his inner he-man with Healthy Heterosexual Strategies such as "Start HaThere is one thing Steven knows for sure: He's absolutely, positively NOT gay.Steven's a 16-year-old boy with two obsessions: sex and getting his driving license. The problem is, Steven's not thinking girls when he's thinking sex. Could he be -- don't say it -- gay? Steven sets out to get in touch with his inner he-man with Healthy Heterosexual Strategies such as "Start Hanging Out with the Guys," and "Begin Intensive Dating." But are Steven's tactics going to straighten him out, or leave him all twisted up?Absolutely hilarious. Positively sidesplitting. But absolutely, positively NOT GAY!...

Title : Absolutely Positively Not
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ISBN : 9780439591096
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Absolutely Positively Not Reviews

  • Ulysses Dietz
    2019-03-31 19:36

    This was a special book for me. I never tire of reading YA books with gay main characters, probably because, at 60, I still can’t forget what it was to be a teenager just realizing I was gay, some 45 years ago. Steven DeNarski is gay. But he doesn’t want to be, so he tries extremely hard NOT to be. Such energetic denial could be ugly, and in fact this book has quite a lot of pain in it; but David Larochelle manages to handle Steven’s angst, his fear, and his sadness with a sympathetic light-heartedness that kept me both smiling and on the verge of tears for most of the book. There are any number of LGBT/YA clichés in this book, including the sassy best female friend and the crushworthy teacher. But that’s it. Every teenage life is somewhat the same, and the familiar patterns of a present-day boy are eerily like those of a boy in the late 1960s (as I recall). Some emerging gay boys have a horrible, traumatic time today, what with irrational parents and bullying in the schools worse than it was in my teen years. But every story doesn’t have to be about hard grief and physical trauma. Self-acceptance is traumatic enough, and we feel every bit of it as we follow Steven through his carefully concocted (but perhaps not entirely thought through) regimen of straightness.Larochelle’s narrative is filled with lots of gently poignant touches: the hero with the feet of clay; the over-enthusiastic supportive friends who are way too ready for you to be gay; the quiet, painful, but ultimately healing responses from those who really matter. For all its humor, this book is full of such tender moments, that remind us all what a frightening rite of passage coming out was. The book ends almost on a cliffhanger; but I very quickly realized it ended just perfectly. I re-read the last couple of paragraphs several times, and finally shut the book with a wistful smile on my face. I loved Steven DeNarski so much by the end of this book that it made up for all my worries as I followed his story. Because I remember how it felt, and I knew Steven was going to be all right.

  • Sara
    2019-04-23 14:35

    As an LGBTQ teen in the process of coming out myself (I'm a bisexual girl) I found SO much to emphasize with in Absolutely Positively Not. I loved Steven; he was the right balance of quirky and normal, gay-but-not-too-gay. Occasionally his self-denying rants got a little ridiculous to someone like me, who has always grown up in a household where it's not a bad thing to be gay. He finds an old book which instructs parents how to 'fix' a gay teen and tries the methods on himself. I can't imagine anyone actually believing any of that anymore, but still it wasn't such a big part of the novel that it got in the way of anything, Overall, the book isn't about much more than Steven coming out, but it's such a nice breath of fresh air. It's short and nice and fluffy. I read it in one sitting. The humor had me smiling on almost every page and I felt like LaRochelle just captured the experience of coming out as a teenager SO well. I'm not surprised that LaRochelle is gay himself seeing as on his website, he wrote "I did not find it difficult writing about a teenager who was confused over his sexual orientation because that’s exactly who I was growing up!" It's really nice reading an LGBTQ novel by an LGBTQ man.What I didn't like was that it was so short. I could have, and would love to, read a giant book about Steven's adventures, but the story as it is felt right. I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking for a nice, short read, or any LGBTQ teens who are coming out or not.

  • Edward
    2019-04-09 14:15

    I don't often impulse buy at bookstores (I tend to browse libraries), but I came across this book, opened it, and started reading, and I couldn't stop, so I figured I might as well buy it. Turned out to be an excellent idea. This story comes with natural and engaging characters and a plot that is sometimes hilarious and sometimes a bit painful, but always subtle, and it feels *just* removed enough to feel like a fun, engaging read, rather than something that's super realistic and heavy (those books have their place, too, this just isn't one of them). David LaRochelle also nails the Midwest without making it a two-dimensional stereotype - even the slightly more stereotypical characters have another side to them.It's not the deepest look at what it means to come out in a high school in the Midwest, but it's a lot of fun - funny and heartfelt - and definitely a book that I will continue to pick up from time to time, when a need something a little humorously off-kilter that wraps up in a satisfying, but very natural way.

  • Amy
    2019-04-15 16:17

    I found this book to be a very unbelievable, clique story of a teen’s journey to discovering his homosexuality. Although it was refreshing to see a heavy subject dealt with in a light and somewhat humorous way, it was so unrealistic; it is hard for me to see how teens could benefit from it. It appeared to me to be a “Brady Bunch” version of a story of discovering your sexuality. Many stereotypes of homosexual people were used in this book which don’t really reflect reality. The teen also takes a dog to a school dance, which is not only unrealistically accepted by his peers, but seems to draw a line between bestiality and homosexuality that I think most homosexuals would find offensive. The teen does go to a support group for homosexuals which shows a Caring Neighborhood and a healthy way of dealing with life situations, but even this seems to be very unrealistically portrayed. This would probably not be the book on homosexuality I would choose to promote to teens, but if I had to, I would promote it as a humorous story of discovering one’s homosexuality.1Q, 2P, M

  • ☆ Todd
    2019-04-12 16:36

    Meh. This one felt very *junior* YA to me, like the training wheels were still on Steven's little pink pre-gay bicycle.Even at the LGBT Youth Meeting, Steven only met girls, no boys at all. We wouldn't want to shock the readers by a gay boy actually meeting another gay boy face to face, would we? : / For me, it had an overly sanitized, palatable fodder for the possibly homosexually-challenged in-class 8th grade reading assignment feel to it.I'd much rather stick with a good Mark Roeder YA, if I'm going that route. Or re-read J.R. Lenk's 'Collide' again.

  • Eternallyfab
    2019-03-26 20:15

    I'm so fond of this book. The protagonist is awesome, the story's delivered with a good dollop of humour and not a lot of angst, and it's simply a delightful read. I appreciate how the main character isn't just a gay guy, but a gay guy with a lot of weird quirks, like his Superman obsession and his passion for square-dancing. Plus, no tacked-on romance! Which made me especially endeared to the character, since too often queer YA novels are all this melodrama about this one character who's attracted to another same-sexed character, and said other same-sexed character miraculously reciprocates and all that. I'm glad to see that yeah, in some cases there AREN'T a lot of queer folks around you and you make do with what you've got. And I know I've read a great book when I can honestly say that I hate no character. I pretty much love everybody in this book (which is rare). Highly recommended for folks who're tired of all of the gay YA lit that's angst-ridden and melodramatic, and who want a simple, funny, and joyous tale of one quirky gay guy and his life.

  • Kris
    2019-04-25 15:25

    My Tasting:Why I bought it:I've been going through the YA books on Lee Wind's site and this blurb caught my imagination.Dislike/like (ending on a high note):Dislike~ Or more of a warning~ The people who think we're living in a gay utopia where all stories should reflect queer experiences where everyone automatically accepts and believes everything about themselves and each other and that this magically makes everything alright in the world should probably stay away from this book.Like~ What I liked about it so much - and why gaytopians or conservatives aren't likely too (see above) - is that it is one of the first YA books I've read where the main character, Steven, really struggles, denies, explores, etc the fact that he might be gay. For this reason, I think this is a story many will be able to relate to because it reminds us of how we also stumbled our way through the highs and lows of adolescence in an attempt to work out who we were - or might be - as individuals.Dislike~ Or another warning~ This is not a love story where the main character comes out because he's 'found' a boyfriend or whatever. I actually thought this made the theme more realistic because, rather than being based on external factors, Absolutely, Positively Not is, at its heart, a story about the acceptance of oneself. I personally find these stories the more empowering.Like~ I LOLed, cringed, giggled, got exasperated, snorted and even awwed whilst reading this book. I finished it very satisfied that Steven had made a positive, if somewhat tentative, step forward on his journey, which I think is a testament to the development of both story and characters by this author.So, what I think: Absolutely, Positively Not is a touching, funny and, above all else, convincing coming out story. It is perfect for those who enjoy YA and are interested in a couple of hours of entertaining reading. I really liked it.=============================================‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.

  • Fla Di Stefano
    2019-04-13 16:29

    I really enjoyed this book, I think it's an awesome mix of sarcasm but also of important messages. I think that one of the greatest things of this book is that the author uses simple sentences and makes it easier for the reader to understand complicated situations, which are several in this book. The main character of this book is a guy that is confused about himself, but he's going to eventually find out who he really is at the end of the book. He goes thorough a lot of phases that make him realize a lot of things about him. Of course he's not alone he has a best friend, and she is really gonna help him through his decisions. the book is full of surprises, like him going to the homecoming ball with a dog as a date, an other that are for sure more intense.I would totally recommend this book to anyone, i think it's both really educational but really funny at the same time, it's like a perfect mix.there are not a lot of books out there that present the sexuality problem so directly, and i think that the author does his best to make it a pleasant book with a very important message.

  • Stephen
    2019-04-09 20:09

    Steven's got a secret as he admits in the first sentence of this book. But by the second sentence we know that his secret is that he enjoys square dancing. He's also got ANOTHER secret that he's not so forthcoming with. In fact he can't really admit it to himself yet, he's gay. As one would expect from a book released under the Scholastic imprint, there's nothing too disturbing or too depressing in this book. Aimed squarely at teen readers, it's a basically happy, basically fun-filled, tale of the early stages one young man's coming out. Certainly there are plenty of heavier, more depressing books out there dealing with this topic but this book gives it a light-hearted aspect that is more in keeping with today's sensibilities. The book is well written, the characters are likable, and the events are entertaining, particularly Steve's accidental foray into inter-species dating. At 219 pages, this is a fast, fun and positive read that entertains and lightens the mood surrounding an event that is too often fraught with unpleasantness. I recommend it.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-05 20:32

    Okay so this one was a cute coming out story that was rather humorous. I really enjoyed the first half, and I was often giggling whilst reading.However, near the 60% mark there is so much awkward I couldn't hardly take it. I ended up skimming a bit to be honest.The ending was nice too.For fans of lgbt and coming out stories.

  • wesley
    2019-04-18 22:09

    This is a great coming-out story. The first person narrative is witty and humorous. The quips are delightfully funny. Finding your own identity is such a cumbersome process that usually starts at the adolescent age, regardless of one's sexual preference, but it is kind of refreshing to find a book which has a different approach on the matter.

  • Trin
    2019-04-14 19:08

    Cute book about a teen guy coming to terms with his sexuality. Nothing earth-shattering or even particularly memorable, but it’s funny (International Male!) and a lot more natural and less anvilicious than, say,Geography Club.

  • Miharu Rokujou
    2019-04-20 19:17

    dont remember what this is about but i read it lol

  • Phong Ph.
    2019-03-31 14:13

    Surprisingly, I actually liked it. It was a common story of a confused boy who tried to weave through his sexual realization; in fact, it sounded boring. The character development was mostly surfacial and fleeting, so it was not a book to empathize or seek empathy. In most aspects, it was not something I would enjoy. But still, I had fun reading it (a fairly quick process) mainly for the nonchalant and rather airheaded main character/narrator/writing. Let's just say the story was depicted via the lenses of a dramatic teen, yet he was rational enough to not make the drama into a cheesy cringy wept of a gay boy. It was delightful, fast-paced, and very encouraging. Not in the sense of 'hey be proud of your sexuality and come out now' propaganda but it showed how we actually had a choice and a chance in experiencing and exploring our own self. I adored that mindset. After all, not everything is so easy to determine, but you don't necessarily have to beat yourself over deciding this or announcing that. Of course, it was not much of a grandeur in any way. It was entertaining only. If you want revolutionary books, forgo this one because it is so very soothingly naive for exhausted minds.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-07 18:29

    I found the book superficial, especially after just finishing Misa Sugiura's "It's Not Like It's A Secret" (which I also didn't love but I at least got to know the character a lot more). I found Steven's choices odd (deciding to sit with the hockey players when that's not his usual clique and he didn't actually know any of them- I feel like that's not really a thing; and I breathed a sigh of relief when he finally stopped paying attention to that anti-gay book he got from the library) and the repetition of the phrase "absolutely, positively not" throughout the story made me feel like I was reading a book meant for a first grader. It's a cute, super quick read with a few laughs but it probably won't change your life.

  • Aldrin
    2019-03-26 16:23

    In terms of personal enjoyment, I'd give it more of a 3. This wasn't a groundbreaking or super unique story about coming out, especially compared to the ones I've read lately. HOWEVER, this is clearly written for a younger reader, and with that in consideration, I think it's a great and short read about what someone might experience when questioning their sexual orientation in high school. For that reason, I gave it a 4.

  • A
    2019-03-26 16:34

    Very cute story, quick read.

  • Arlynn Woods
    2019-04-04 14:26

    This book was hilarious and I loved it.

  • Becky Hunter
    2019-03-25 21:27

    Very sweet

  • Rhys_21
    2019-03-25 17:22


  • Nate
    2019-04-18 18:29

    Kept me interested. Good read.

  • Amy
    2019-04-25 18:18

    Funny & realistic coming-out story from the point of view of Minnesotan high schooler. I just finished this in the car on our way to Cleveland, I'll try to remember to post a more detailed review later!!***Steven has spent his high school career trying hard not to be noticed. This is especially true since his primary hobby is square-dancing on Monday nights with his mom in a town where hockey is king. If the kids at his school knew he was a square dancer, he’d get the shit kicked out of him for sure - so he tries to keep a low profile. That generally works well for him, except he’s starting to feel certain urges that he can’t ignore. The new substitute teacher in his health class is looking pretty appealing, which horrifies Steven. Not that he hasn’t noticed guys before, but the new teacher has Steven whipped up into a frenzy like never before. Steven fights his gay thoughts with everything he has, mostly by trying to show the world how heterosexual and macho he is. He clips out every picture of a half-dressed woman he can find and plasters them to his notebooks and the walls in his room. He tries sitting at the jock table at lunch, hoping that some of their macho energy will rub off on him. And he starts dating every girl that will look his way, hoping that one of them will finally stir up some romantic feelings. These tactics have mixed success; while Steven becomes more popular because of his serial dating, he’s still decidedly attracted to guys. And in his quest not to be gay, he’s totally alienated his best friend, Rachel.Steven’s finally forced to confront his homosexuality after a horribly botched date with the hot Norwegian exchange student. She tries to have sex with him, which is about as appealing to Steven as having a root canal. He drudges up some lame excuse about coming down with the flu, and the exchange student drives him home as he stews under a cloud of humiliation and shame. The good thing? Steven decides it’s finally time to tell Rachel the truth. He suspects that his own parents are relatively clueless, so opening up to Rachel seems like a good way to start the coming-out process. The only problem - and it’s kind of a big one - is that Rachel is a little too excited. She startles Steven by squealing that she knew all along, and then outright alarms him with her announcement that she plans to start a gay-straight alliance - with him as co-chair. Steven is barely ready to admit to himself that he’s gay, let alone the whole student body. He’s able to tamp down her enthusiasm about the GSA, but then she cooks up a new scheme: Steven will attend prom with Rachel’s golden retriever as his date, which would (theoretically) send the message that they laugh in the face of dating conventions. This scheme complicates Steven’s life tenfold, because it means he has to lie to his parents about his plans for prom, on top of keeping his sexuality a secret. The big question is: Will Steven finally be able to come out to his parents and his community? Will he finally feel okay with himself?The book gets progressively funnier as the story goes on, mostly because of the elaborate lies Steven has to construct to keep his gayness a secret. I loved reading a lighthearted book about coming out that was also reasonably realistic - Steven still encounters homophobia, but seems to be able to handle it good-naturedly. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good coming-out story or a funny realistic fiction book.

  • Alessandro Margheriti
    2019-04-20 19:16

    Un libro per ragazzi sul coming out scritto in modo intelligente e divertente, ma alcuni episodi li ho trovati decisamente surreali. Forse si poteva osare di più.

  • Baby Bat
    2019-04-16 17:31

    This was so painful to read that I eventually put it aside for good. the writing is so obnoxious and just didn't capture my interest at all. I really wanted to like this book and I dragged myself through the first few chapters before I realised: it's not getting any better than this. The main character didn't feel real to me, the mistakes he made felt forced and portrayed him as a complete idiot who doesn't understand the first thing about life. I feel like that's not very fair on the target audience. If I were a teenager I'd feel a bit insulted that someone would think people my age are really this clueless. The supposedly "funny" scenes just made me cringe so hard, but made me laugh a total 0 of times. It used so many gay stereotypes that at some point I wasn't even sure if this was an attempt to caricature the life and coming out of teens. The book wants to make you think "oh that's SO GAY!" and laugh at the obliviousness of the main character and that's the only joke there is. And that's just not what I'm here for. There. Rant over, maybe now I can move on and stop being angry that I wasted both time and money on this.I can absolutely positively not recommend this.

  • Punya Nayak
    2019-04-18 15:35

    Such a funny light read. Finished it in like 2 hours. The Plot//**May contain very predictable plot spoilers.**//Absolutely Positively Not is Steven's tale of exploration and struggle to determine his sexual identity. Told in a very humorous fashion, it begins with a 16 year old Steven who tries to clearly assert that he is absolutely, positively not gay. He tries to rationalize his attraction to men, his love of square dancing and his lack of interest in girls. He thinks himself to be a very observant individual when he notices everything about his very attractive teacher, Mr. Bowman. But when he begins to question his own excuses, Steven launches into a hilarious series of events to assert his heterosexuality. But everything from a pitiful attempt to bond with the "manly" hockey team to 23 dates with 21 girls ends in complete failure he is forced to at last confront the fact that he is gay. The goodThis book was so easy to read. It was fast paced and didn't have any gay teen angst and kept me laughing. It's absolutely positively hilarious. While we can't stop laughing at the utter hilarity of steven's methodical attempts to assert himself as a heterosexual we can feel the pain he is experiencing. It could be an especially good book to recommend to boys who are trying to understand their sexual identity, but both boys and girls will enjoy reading it. David Larochelle manages to handle Steven’s angst, his fear, sadness and desires in a light-hearted way hat kept me both smiling for most of the book. The book ends almost on a cliffhanger; but I liked it. The badThere was one scene which made me a little uncomfortable (view spoiler)[ He ends up taking a dog to his school dance. (hide spoiler)] but I guess it was made in an attempt to increase the humor in the book and make it a little less predictable. So it did not ruin the entire book for me in any way. Highlighted quote1. “I tried to think of a good reason as to why I had a sex book down my pants, but my brain refused to work.”

  • LeAnn Suchy
    2019-04-01 14:21

    Originally reviewed at Minnesota Reads.Sixteen-year-old Steven is absolutely positively not gay. Liking square dancing and having a slight attraction to the hot male substitute teacher doesn't mean he's gay, does it?Thinking he can't be gay, Steven takes some tips from a book on how to cure homosexuality. He sits at the jock's table at lunch hoping the masculinity will transfer to him. He goes out on some awkward dates with girls. He even tries some aversion therapy by putting a rubber band on his wrist and snapping it whenever he has inappropriate thoughts about a man. Needless to say, his wrist was really sore after a class with the substitute teacher.Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle is a funny, touching coming out novel with a relatable teen. Steven has all the same fears of acceptance that most young adults have, and any teen, gay or not, will relate to his struggles.My favorite part of the novel is where Steven finally admits to himself that he is gay and then he comes out to his best friend and his parents. In many coming out novels this experience can be bad and negative, but Steven's experience isn't and I found that refreshing. I recently heard LaRochelle say a lot of people did not like that Steven’s coming out was so positive, and his reaction was, “Why does it have to be negative?” Exactly.One downfall of the novel could be that some of the situations that Steven gets into border on sitcom cute. When Steven takes an unconventional date to prom I started imagining this playing out on “The Facts of Life” with Natalie and the gang being in the same limo. But, since I grew up with “The Facts of Life,” I really enjoyed some of these sweet, simple situations, but sitcom haters may find some of this cartoonish or cookie cutter.Even with some of the sitcomishness, this lighthearted novel is really enjoyable. Steven is sweet and I was cheering for him while I laughed along with him.

  • Trisha Smith
    2019-04-23 16:27

    4 1/2 stars"Of course! That was it! I didn't need a tattoo. What I needed was something a lot less expensive and considerably less painful. What I needed was a Playboy."When sixteen-year-old Steven DeNarsky starts to develop feelings for his teacher, Mr. Bowman, he attempts to convince himself that he is not gay. He then devotes himself to “straight” activities such as dating a lot of girls, buying Playboy magazines, and sitting at the hockey table at lunch. After weeks and weeks of not having any luck with being attracted to the opposite sex, Steven accepts the fact that he is gay and comes out to his best friend Rachel, who (alone with her entire family) already knew that Steven was gay years before he did. Shortly after taking his dog to the prom, Steven tells his parents that his is gay and is surprised about their neutral reaction. He eventually attends a meeting for gay and lesbian youth group at a coffee shop. Even though it is a lesbian meeting, Steven has a good time and connects with a boy at his school that is also gay.I really enjoyed reading this book. It was faced paced and fun to read. I loved the character of Steven and that the story was told from his point of view. Readers were able to see exactly what he was thinking and going through during his process of coming out. The book had a lot of humor and I found myself laughing out loud during certain parts. I felt that the novel did a great job of accurately portraying a high school students coming to terms with his sexuality without being too sexual or unrealistic. I also liked that the book ended on a positive not with Steven finding a group of peers to talk to. I would highly recommend this book to all young adults and feel that adults would enjoy reading it as well. See my full review and others here: http://onceuponatime-bookblog.blogspo...

  • Ali
    2019-04-09 22:36

    The characters in “Absolutely, Positively Not” are Steven, Coach Bowman, and Rachel. Steven is snot the most athletic person at school, and usually gets picked on because of it. However, his best friend Rachel, is the exact opposite. Whenever Steven is getting made fun of, she’s always there to fight the bullies off. Coach Bowman started out as Steven and Rachel’s substitute teacher. After a few days, he because the assistant hockey coach. He is labeled as very attractive and friendly.This book mostly takes place at Beaver Lake Consolidated High School. This is where Steven and Rachel go to school, and where Mr. Bowman coaches hockey, This school is like most high schools. But this is to be expected from their small town. The town that they live in is very average. There really isn’t anything too special about it. Lastly, Steven spends a lot of his time in his father’s car. This is because he is attempting to get his driver’s license. Mostly, this book is about a boy named Steven trying to not be gay. After Coach Bowman teaches in Steven’s class, he immediately starts questioning his sexuality. Coach Bowman is very attractive and a great teacher. But while trying to figure this out, Steven also has to pass his driving test. After failing twice however, Steven finally gets him license on his third try. Is Steven actually gay? Find out by reading “Absolutely, Positively Not.”The reason why I gave this book three out of five stars is because I thought it was pretty funny and entertaining. However, it wasn’t the most interesting book. Also, not much actually happened in the book. It felt like they were saying the same things over and over again. So basically, it was a fantastic book, but it wasn’t too bad.

  • Katsumi
    2019-04-20 21:35

    Steven is questioning his sexuality. He knows he's not gay, because why else would he have Victoria's Secret models on his wall or sit with the jocks at lunch? But then again, he does spend a lot of time eyeing Coach Bowman and looking at male underwear catalogues. Throughout the story, Steven learns what it means to be a guy and to be true to himself. First of all, I'm going to put aside the fact that parts of this book were very stereotypical and unrealistic. I am noting that, and that I am not going to go into detail about it.I absolutely loved this book. It made me laugh on quite a few occasions because it was just TOO funny. Steven is hilarious and someone I would want as my best friend. The writing is witty and the characters are easy to understand. This is an adorable story about coming out. I wished that the pages never ended because I was totally absorbed into Steven's words. I loved Steven's personality and how brave and positive he is. I found myself cheering him on in all the "illegal" things he does and when he was trying to get his driver's license.I also enjoyed how there wasn't any messy romances in the plot line, so that didn't take away from the story. It distinguishes this novel from being about a gay romance to being about coming out. And that is such a refreshing change.The one thing that I was disappointed about was Coach Bowman. I would have really liked for Steven and him to have talked at the end of the story instead of Bowman just disappearing from the plot line.I loved this book because it made me smile and laugh and put me in a good mood. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a hilarious story about a not-sure-if-he's-gay guy.This fantastic novel definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Connor Tansley
    2019-04-14 15:16

    This book was a wonderful read! The story starts with a young man coming to grips, or completely denying, his sexuality. At the same time it was light, humorous and generally quite fun. The book explored the lengths people go to with denial and a number of attempts to 'fix' himself. The best things about this book were the wild twists and turns of the plotline, the quirky protagonist and a number of surprising reactions from those around him when they found out about his sexuality. The book was quite unpredictable in a large number of ways which was what made it so enjoyable. The characters could be classed a bit too quirky to be believable but it really was important in keeping it light and pleasurable and as the story develops, so do he characters. Generally speaking I would recommend the book as it really does cover a number of features and examples of attempts to 'normalise' by the protagonist which may be recognisable to LGBTQ peoples' but it has a rather distinct use of hyperbole and humour to stop the angst that's common in these sorts of stories.The only reason the story doesn't receive a 5* review is because of the ending. It was rushed, sharp and left me feeling a bit bereft. I wanted something a bit more conclusive. Something that felt rounded like the end of a story not the end of a chapter, so that I felt the character had completed his development not just reached halfway through. Although, I suppose a sequel could be on the way which was why the story ended like it did and I shall be keeping my eye out.