BOOK JACKET BLURB: Seventh grade: You remember it, don’t you? Sweet sixteen seemed impossibly far away, an elegant, unattainable future. All that we had was the doldrums of thirteen—not so sweet, and definitely queer. Now, some of the observers of the gay experience take us back to the homerooms and hallways of your youth, in a collection of original essays that captures that time of adolescence when social and sexual development was at its raging worst. From gym class to kissing parties, obsessive crushes to after-school pummelings, everyday held the possibility of discovery—and complete humiliation. For those of us who are gay, our sexuality added another twist, that extra little way we didn’t quite fit in. It was a time of becoming who we truly are, a passage into adulthood that was as memorable as it was agonizing. Queer 13 tells these tales of teenage trauma—from a funny to painful, reflective to literary—all ringing with the universal truths of a poignant, extraordinary time.
Published by Rob Weisbach Books / William Morrow & Co., 1998, $24.00
Release date: August 19, 1998
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