CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In "Openly Straight," Bill Konigsberg uses a keen sense of humor along with his knowledge of the LGBT community to display the fact that labels aren't everything.
Seamus Rafael Goldberg, or simply Rafe, is a typical boy who loves to play soccer, ski and write. The thing that makes him a little different is that he's openly gay and has been since the eighth grade.
Ever since then, he's been known as the gay kid who visits other schools talking about gay tolerance. Luckily, Rafe is never teased about his sexuality.
He soon gets tired of being labeled as the "gay kid," though, so he moves 2,164 miles away from his home in Colorado to attend an all-boys boarding school in New England. Instead of being openly gay, he decides to be openly straight.
At first, Rafe's life at Natick is perfect. He's now a part of the jock group and plays soccer, football and softball. His roommate, Albie, and Albie's best friend, Toby, are a little weird, but they all end up being good friends. Rafe learns early into the book that Toby is gay, too, but Rafe, of course, pretends to be straight.
Everything goes smoothly until he starts hanging out with a fellow jock named Ben after Ben's best friend/roommate is hospitalized for depression. Rafe and Ben spend their time together, with Rafe staying in Ben's room, and Ben even going to Colorado with Rafe for Thanksgiving break.
Rafe subsequently gains feelings for Ben, and at first, it isn't a bad thing. However, when Rafe finally decides to tell Ben he's gay, it causes some problems.
"Openly Straight" helps you realize you shouldn't try to hide who you are. Trying to hide who you are just causes more complications and makes it harder not only on you, but also on those around you.
By reading this book, hopefully you learn that you should never lie to your friends, even if it's just a white lie. Every white lie takes another one to cover it up, and then the snowball effect kicks in, and you're telling lie after lie after lie, which is never good.
Rafe learned the hard way that lying to your friends will get them mad at you. They may even say hurtful things and stop talking to you. Is it worth it?
To find out what happens between Rafe and Ben, along with the rest of Rafe's new friends, get your copy of Bill Konigsberg's "Openly Straight" today!