This award-winning book about coming-out is hysterically funny with a sensitive side, too. Stephen starts out in complete denial, although almost everyone in his life has accepted that he is gay except for himself. He tries to prove to himself he is not gay by dating girls and snapping himself with a rubber band every time he has a homosexual thought. Of course, none of this works and with the help of his supportive friendship with Rachel, he comes to admit to himself and others that he is gay. His classmates and family are, for the most part, very supportive. He seeks out and attends a support group for gay teens. There is some language (a-shole, b-stard, f-ggy) and some mild sex talk. Heterosexual kissing occurs.