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Author: Bill Konigsberg Narrator: Pete Cross Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Openly Straight Series Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781520066806
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The award-winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else. a sequel to the companion novel Honestly Ben.

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 eighth 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cross’ delivery reflects how Rafe wrestles with honesty, hides truths in a romantic relationship, and finally faces the painful path to becoming his real self. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Konigsberg’s lovely novel invites us to walk with Rafe through his season of assumed identity and his costly emergence into honesty. It’s beautiful. It’s a story of salvation.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An exceptionally intelligent, thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel…altogether one of the best gay-themed novels of the last ten years.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Readers and discussion groups looking for new and deeper ways to think about what it means to live honestly in a world that sorts by labels will find this fresh and evocative.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Golden Kite Award Winner in Humor
  • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens Selection
  • Lambda Literary Award - Nominee

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About the Author

Bill Konigsberg is the author of Openly Straight, which won several awards, including the SCBWI Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list. His The Porcupine of Truth won the Stonewall Book Award and was named a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection, and Out of the Pocket won the Lambda Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Pete Cross is an Earphones Award–winning narrator. He holds a BA in theater from the University of Toledo and an MFA in acting from the California Institute of the Arts. His experience on stage includes Carnegie Hall, and he has also acted in film. He has served on the faculty at Cal Arts and with Aquila Morong Studio in Hollywood. He has coached for film and theatrical productions and continues to work with private clients all over the world.