Openly Straight (Paperback)

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Rafe Goldberg has been out since middle school. He's tired of being an activist, of talking in every school in the county. So he decides to go to boarding school back east and just be Rafe. Of course life is never so simple. Konigsberg sucks you into Rafe's experience as he navigates boarding school, the friends he left behind, and a new crush. This is one of those books where you feel like you are there in his mind, seeing and feeling what he does. A bonus is, of course, that there are quite a few local Denver/Boulder spots mentioned, including a scene at Hamburger Mary's, which is in walking distance of Tattered Cover Colfax!

— Stacey, TC Bookseller


The award-winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else. Pre-order the companion novel Honestly Ben now (out 3/28/17)
Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes. He likes to write.
And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben... who doesn't even know that love is possible.

About the Author

Bill Konigsberg is the author of Openly Straight, which won the SCBWI Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list; The Porcupine of Truth, which won the Stonewall Book Award and was named a Booklist Editors' Choice selection; and Out of the Pocket, which won the Lambda Literary Award. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck. Please visit him online at and @billkonigsberg.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545798655
ISBN-10: 0545798655
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English