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Absolutely Positively Not Mass Market Paperback – April 15, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Thankfully for us, "Absolutely, Positively Not ..." (APN) is a fun, light, well-written entry into the genre that's readable and completely charming. Sure, some of the book can have some situations that some see as sitcomish but you have to admit, they're cute. There are just as many funny, original moments in the book that previous reviewers ignored. I think my favorite moment in APN involves ice fishing and an wildly enthusiastic response when he thinks he's won a pickup truck only to really have won ... I won't give it away. That moment encapsulates the theme of the book and Steven's world, of misperceptions and reality.
The best thing about APN is that it's hopeful. APN doesn't perpetuate the myth that you come out and suddenly you're dating and everything's okay. It's a step by step process and Steven's just beginning to take the journey. Many of the best Young Adult novels are those that don't wrap everything up in a neat bow and allow for the reader to make their own decisions as to what happens next. I'm glad I happened to find this book and hope more people discover it from themselves.
Though coming out is a serious, deep issue, the book is told humorously. It's a very fun and fast-paced read, which also manages to deliver a powerful message that homosexuality is not a choice.
It was so refreshing to pick up David LaRochelle's ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NOT...and find a teen novel that looked at the clammy-skinned, throat-catching horrors of coming out but approached them with a sense of humor and fun. This is dangerous territory. Coming out and simply living life as a gay teen is not often a pleasant experience. Treating the topic with levity could be seen as belittling the problems these teens encounter on a day-to-day basis.
But LaRochelle's skillful approach to the tribulations faced by 16-year-old Steven DeNarski manages not only to deal with Steven's coming out in a respectful manner but also to capture the dread felt by anyone who has spent a second of time worrying what the world would think of them once they were out.
In the book, Steven begins by clearly asserting that he is absolutely, positively not gay. He is able to rationalize with great aplomb his attraction to men, his love of square dancing, and the fact that he's never shown an interest in girls. But when he begins to question his own excuses, Steven launches into a hilarious series of events in an effort to assert his heterosexuality.Read more ›
I loved Steven, his parents were a total hoot (and I just adored the part where he came out to his dad). Rachel was terrific, and her parents ROCKED! Victor was cool. I really liked the part about taking Kelly to the dance!
My heart was pounding during the library scene when kids from another school were making gay jokes, and I felt bad when Mr. Bowman laughed at the wrong jokes.
The stories about Steven trying to get his driver's license and mom's book and her lack of housekeeping skills just really added to the fun! This book is not JUST about coming out. Anyone could read it just for the dang fun of it!
This is a great story of a boy becoming happy with who he is, and the delightful realization that others like him just how he is, too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 12 year old son is likely gay. He doesn't yet know what this means, and I want him to find himself at his own pace and on his own terms as his teen years unfold. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BWV988
This was a funny and entertaining story about a young guy trying to come to terms with being gay but living with a huge amount of denial.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a nice story with not many clichés. Even thou it's placed in High school, it's different from other stories out there. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gettothepoint9
I'm not really sure how to describe it. It was funny and a little sad. I felt so bad for Stephen for being so clueless as to his own mind and for trying so hard to prove that he... Read morePublished 13 months ago by PriPri
This book has somewhat of a strange niche. The writing style seems mainly geared towards a younger audience (probably between 12 and 15), but by the same token, it seems designed... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jonathan
This book was well-written and funny, and I really enjoyed it. Even in the midst of wacky comedy scenarios, there were poignant moments that brought tears to my eyes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by KPCakes
I have read this story twice and laughed my way through each time. Highly recommended.Published 14 months ago by J Craig Platt
Inspirational , amazing and quite beautiful- what every gay guy and girl deserves. Kindness, awesome humour and honest self acceptance. Magical book.Published 17 months ago by pencilq