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Selected as a 2002 “Best Book for Young Adults” by
the American Library Association; a 2003 “Young Adults’ Choice” by the
International Reading Association; and a finalist for the 2001 Lambda Literary Award for Children/Young Adult
Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he
can't stop dreaming about sex...with other guys.
Kyle Meeks doesn't look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to
tell anyone -- especially his parents.
Nelson Glassman is "out" to the entire world, but he can't tell the boy
he loves that he wants to be more than just friends.
Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. In a revealing
debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows
these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with
sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal,
and ultimately, friendship.
Jason Carrillo, the best-looking athlete in school, has
had his eyes on the prize from day one: a scholarship for college.
-- Finalist 2003 Lambda Literary Award for Children/Young Adult
But then his eyes turn to love -- and Kyle.
Kyle Meeks, swim team star and all-around good guy, is finally in the
relationship he wanted. Being in love feels so good, in fact, that he
can't imagine giving it up to go to Princeton.
Something he's worked for his entire life.
Nelson Glassman, outgoing and defiant, might be HIV positive. Jeremy,
the boy he loves, is HIV positive. Although Nelson fears testing
positive, if he is infected Jeremy might stop protecting him and pushing
They can be together.
High shool's almost over. Graduation is ahead. Life's a bowl of
cherries, right? Right...
- Jason Carrillo came out to his basketball team
senior year and lost his university scholarship. Now, with graduation
behind him and summer ending, he's asked to speak at the opening of a
gay and lesbian high school across the country. But after spending years
in the closet and losing his scholarship dream, what message can he
-- Finalist 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Children/Young Adult
Kyle Meeks is getting ready to go to Princeton in the fall and trying to
see as much as possible of his boyfriend Jason before they have to
separate. When Jason tells him about his speaking invitation, Kyle jumps
at the chance to drive across country with him. Yet he can't help
worrying: Will their romance survive two weeks crammed together in a
Nelson Glassman is happy his best friend Kyle has found love with Jason.
Now he's looking for his own true love -- and hopes he might find his
soul mate during the road trip. But will being the "third wheel" in a
trio ruin his friendships with Kyle and Jason?
During an eye-opening post graduation summer road trip, each of the
three very different boys also embarks on a personal journey across a
landscape of love, sexuality, homophobia, and above all, friendship.
- When a guy in his class looks at him funny, Diego
punches him in the face, and ends up on probation. At first he wants
nothing to do with his probation officer. But as Diego starts to open up,
he begins to realize that Mr. Vidas is the first person in his life who
ever really wanted to listen to him. With Vidas's help, Diego begins to
make real progress in controlling his anger. He even opens up enough to
tell Vidas about the shark tooth that his stepfather gave him that he uses
to cut himself. But only if Diego can find the courage to trust Vidas with
the darkest secrets from his past will he be able to heal completely.
(June 9, 2009 release)
In this bold story of a boy trying to grow beyond a painful past,
award-winning author Alex Sanchez calls upon his personal experience as a
probation officer to reveal the complexities of one of his most genuinely
realized characters to date.
When Frederick shows up at school, Xio is thrilled. The
new boy is shy, cute, and definitely good boyfriend material. Before long,
she pulls him into her lively circle of friends.
So Hard to Say
Lambda Literary Award
Frederick knows he should be flattered by Xio's attention. After all,
she's popular, pretty, and a lot of fun. So why can't he stop thinking
about Victor, the captain of the soccer team, instead?
Getting It: From Make-over to Making Out
-- Nominated 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Children/Young Adult
He clicked on Queer Eye, a show where five
gay dudes gave some grungy straight guy a makeover -- plucking his nose
hairs, redecorating his apartment, and teaching him to bake a quiche -- so
he could confidently propose marriage to his girlfriend and she'd tell him
"yes." Which, of course, she did. On TV the guy always gets the girl.
As Carlos watched, he recalled Sal, the supposedly gay guy at school. It
was then that the idea first popped into his brain: If Sal truly were
queer...could he possibly help Carlos?...Nor to propose to Roxy, of course
-- at least not yet -- but to get her to maybe like him?
The God Box
How could I choose betwen my sexuality and my
spirituality, two of the most important parts that made me whole?
High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're
good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in
their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel
transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the
first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet he
says he's also a committed Christian. Talking to Manuel makes Paul
reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and listening to Manuel's
interpretation of Biblical passages on homosexuality causes Paul to
reevaluate everything he believed. Manuel's outspokenness triggers
dramatic consequences at school, culminating in a terrifying situation
that leads Paul to take a stand.
Lambda Literary Award-winning author Alex Sanchez tackles a subject ripped
from the headlines in this exciting and thought-provoking exploration of
what it means to be both religious and gay.
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