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Absolutely Positively Not
Absolutely Positively Not
Author: David LaRochelle
Steven's a 16-year-old boy with two obsessions: sex and getting his driving license. The problem is, Steven's not thinking girls when he's thinking sex. Could he be -- don't say it -- gay? Steven sets out to get in touch with his inner he-man with Healthy Heterosexual Strategies such as "Start Hanging Out with the Guys," and "Begin Intensive Dat...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780439591096
ISBN-10: 0439591090
Publication Date: 6/1/2005
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Steven's got a secret as he admits in the first sentence of this book. But by the second sentence we know that his secret is that he enjoys square dancing. He's also got ANOTHER secret that he's not so forthcoming with. In fact he can't really admit it to himself yet, he's gay.

As one would expect from a book released under the Scholastic imprint, there's nothing too disturbing or too depressing in this book. Aimed squarely at teen readers, it's a basically happy, basically fun-filled, tale of the early stages one young man's coming out. Certainly there are plenty of heavier, more depressing books out there dealing with this topic but this book gives it a light-hearted aspect that is more in keeping with today's sensibilities.

The book is well written, the characters are likable, and the events are entertaining, particularly Steve's accidental foray into inter-species dating. At 219 pages, this is a fast, fun and positive read that entertains and lightens the mood surrounding an event that is too often fraught with unpleasantness. I recommend it.
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