Cover image of OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Konigsberg

Cover image of OPENLY STRAIGHT by Bill Konigsberg

BOOK JACKET BLURB: Rafe is from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He hates tofu. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since eighth grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all he wants is to be a regular guy. Not that gay guy. To have that 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 become “openly straight” — not so much going back in the closet as starting over outside it. The transformation works: Rafe revels in a new group of straight guy friends, and the chance to be “just Rafe” at last. But things get complicated when he falls in love with one of his new friends . . . who doesn’t even know that’s a possibility.

A book for anyone who’s ever felt trapped within just one part of who they are, Openly Straight is a funny, smart novel about being out, being real, and all the things “be yourself” can mean.

Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, 2013, $17.99
328 pages
Release date: May 1, 2013
ISBN 9780545509893
Also released as e-book: ISBN 9780545509909
Agent: Linda Epstein, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency


“Coming Out of the Locker Room Closet …” By Toby Emert
SIGNAL Journal, September, 2011

“Out and About: Rapture Practice and Openly Straight”  By Jeff Chu
The New York Times, Published May 31, 2013


Young Adult Magazine



Publishers Weekly, June 16, 2013

The Horn Book, June 19, 2013

YA Guy (blog), June 12, 2013


Author’s Website: http://billkonigsberg.com

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Konigsberg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/billkonigsberg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/openlystraight?ref=nf

Headshot of Bill Konigsberg

Headshot of Bill Konigsberg


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