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Grade 6-9–Sixteen-year-old Steven relishes square dancing, drools over his male health teacher's musculature, and keeps a stash of International Male catalogs underneath his bed, but is determined that he is absolutely, positively not gay. In an eager crack to prove his heterosexuality, he futilely attempts to buy a Playboy magazine, tries mingling with the meathead jocks at lunch, and embarks on a series of disastrous dates with girls from his class. From the outset, it's obvious that Larochelle's first novel is mostly lighthearted laughs as Steven tries to rid himself of deviant sexual behavior (as explained in an ancient teen sexuality book he borrowed from the library). When he finally does own up to his shortcomings as a heterosexual, he decides to out himself to his best friend, Rachel, who is relieved that he has finally told her and blabs the news to her entire family while urging him to form a gay-straight alliance in his high school the following day. Even though the good-natured humor does cloud the book's overall sense of reality at times, Larochelle's eye-opening and accurate portrayal of Steven's coming out will ring optimistically true for many teens and their friends who are struggling with sexuality issues. And it's the delivery of his outing, coated in a healthy dose of hilarity, that makes Absolutely, Positively Not a fast-paced, funny, and frivolously frank read.–Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library
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*Starred Review* Gr. 7-10. In a touching, sometime hilarious coming-out story, Steven DeNarski, 16, tries to deny he is gay. He covers his Superman posters with pictures of women in skimpy bikinis and lacy lingerie, and he follows the aversion therapy prescribed in a parents' handbook for getting over his "deviant" desires and awakening his sluggish interest in girls. He hangs out with the hockey players and tries to start dating (even kissing), to the delight of his fussy mom and macho dad. It doesn't work. When he reluctantly tells his friend Rachel that he is gay, he has to restrain her from celebrating it to the world and "empowering" him at school. The wry, first-person narrative is wonderful as it moves from personal angst to outright farce (Steven takes a pet golden retriever to the school dance). The characters are drawn with surprising depth, and Steven finds quiet support, as well as betrayal, in unexpected places. Many readers, gay and straight, will recognize Steven's need to talk to someone. Hazel Rochman
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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 4 months ago by PTR
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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read this story twice and laughed my way through each time. Highly recommended.Published 6 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 9 months ago by pencilq
This coming out story made me laugh on every page. The characters are wonderfully believable caricatures. The entire read was charming but never sweet. Read morePublished 9 months ago by RJC