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Absolutely, Positively Not...
by David LaRochelle
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 13+
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2005
NO. PAGES: 224
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction, Humor
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
ISBN: 0439591090
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
Absolutely, Positively Not...—Book Review

Sixteen-year-old Steven is intent on proving to the world -- and to himself -- that he is absolutely, positively not gay. Never mind the Superman poster above his bed or his secret fondness for square dancing with his mother. He is not gay, even though there is also the curious absence of an attraction to girls, and the fact that he can't help noticing Coach Bowman is just so handsome. He is not gay. He can't be gay. Can he?
The Scoop
Absolutely, Positively Not...—Book Review
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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.
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