Middler Books and More

This blog contains Bruce DuBoff's book reviews, info on other media, and related topics. It is a collaboration between the librarian and both the students of Pennsauken Intermediate School and Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken, NJ, and the general middler book reading community. The books featured here are appropriate for grades 5-8, though not all books reviewed here are appropriate for all of those ages.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Absolutely, Positively Not . . . by David LaRochelle (4 of 5 stars)

This is a new book about a theme that has become increasingly prevalent among YA novels. The protagonist, 16-year-old Steven, is a regular midwestern kid who hides a major secret from everyone, especially himself. He must deal with this reality and find out once and for all if it is true or just a "passing phase" as his mother says. Steven doesn't want to accept this possible truth about himself, but he can't hide his feelings much longer.

I liked the voice of the author very much. He seemed authentically 16 and confused, and he presented well the universal insecurities every young man feels (including myself, all those years ago) even when he wasn't discussing the "big secret."

I recommend Absolutely, Positively Not . . . even if you're definitely not. It is also well regarded by several popular book review journals.


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