WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles of books we are eagerly anticipating. This WoW is being posted a day early partly because I am so psyched about this news and partly because my blogging has been a bit spotty lately. So, I'm striking while the writing juices are flowing. I'm reading tons but just not writing. And that includes memes.
Last Thursday, a post by YA author Bill Konigsberg popped into my feeder in which he shared the cover of his upcoming novel, Openly Straight. I had the privilege of meeting Bill at the Alan Workshop Author cocktail party shortly after the publication of his debut novel, Out of the Pocket. I also attended a talk Bill gave. I believe it might have been an ALAN breakout session. He was very easy to talk to and he did a great job speaking in the session. Even though it did take me a while to get to, I enjoyed Out of the Pocket. I was pleased to learn that his sophomore offering is due to release next June. He gave me permission to swipe the image from his blog.
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg. 336 p. Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic, June 1, 2013. 978-0545509893.
Publisher synopsis: A funny, honest novel about being out, being proud . . . and being ready for something else.
Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes. He likes to write. And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn't even know that love is possible.
This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate being different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.
Can't wait! Love the cover too!