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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: RateABull Publishing (August 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982713282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982713280
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,902,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would definitely recommend this book to parents to read to their kids!
Eric K
I also thought it was weird and just a little bit too Freudian that the main character, who is trying to figure out if he is gay or not, has a banana for a head.
Maranda Russell
Overall, this is a great story for kids to show them that "gay" shouldn't be a put-down or a cause for bullying and that it's not "gay" to hug your friends.
Lee

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the third book in a series by the very sensitive and intelligent and caring Cristian YoungMiller, a crusader for helping kids through difficult themes. In EVERYBODY HAS THOSE THOUGHTS SO IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE GAY he creates a little novella about a father and son and the discussions they have about important topics.

Jack is a 13-year-old lad who is depressed because his friends have called him 'gay', a term he doesn't completely understand and a feeling about his dream world and his sexuality that he has not confronted. Jack is fortunate to have a fine father who, sensing there is something Jack needs to discuss, takes his son to the miniature golf course where they can jointly enjoy the game and provide time for communication. Jack finally has the courage to discuss a dream he had in which he kissed his friend Billy in a successful attempt to save him from an accident. He also relates a recent game of Truth or Dare in which Billy was dared to kiss Jack: the only problem for Jack was that when he stood for the kiss he had to hide an unwanted evidence of stimulation! This really opens a discussion about the spectrum of emotions that include same sex attraction and Jack's father offer a brief but understandable explanation of the work of Kinsey and the bell curve of human sexual response. The story ends with the father and son warmly finishing their miniature golf game with a strong and reassuring embrace.

Though some may disagree with YoungMiller's simplification of genetic propensity and the role of inheritance in sexual response, few will deny that he has provided a very wise manner for kids to understand the world of sexual proclivity - and a recipe for parents and all adults to approach the topic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Kozack on October 21, 2010
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Brilliant! Kinsey explained for 14 year-olds! This story beautifully captures the bafflement and frustration of a young boy dealing with the warring factions of his body and brain. YoungMiller clearly explains why our body goes through these changes while celebrating our differences as normal and good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 15, 2010
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Jack was really sad and upset and even though he was thirteen-years-old he headed to the swing set, a place where he felt comfortable. His father noticed his distress and called out, "Bad day, kiddo?" It really was a bad day and Jack really didn't know what to do about it. He confided in his father by saying, "Billy and Sandy called me gay." His father didn't want to hear that he had been bullied, but tried to reassure him that there wasn't anything wrong with being gay and also expressed the fact that it "wasn't very nice of [his] friends" to do something like that. He added that when he was younger his friends called him "soft."

He explained to Jack that is wasn't necessarily what someone can say to you, but how they say it. In this instance what they said was intended to hurt him and claimed "if someone is saying something about you that isn't true, it's not right, no matter what it is." Jack's father sensed that there was more to the topic that needed to be discussed so he suggested that they head to the miniature golf course to play a game. Even though it was hard for him to talk about it, Jack soon told his father what had happened. When he and his friends were playing Truth or Dare, Billy wanted to know what the "strangest dream" he'd ever had was.

Jack had been honest with his friends and told them that in this dream he had kissed Billy. As they played their game of mini-golf his father tried to explain why he had experienced that dream in terms that he could understand. He said, you "experienced something that made you feel that you had a close connection to Billy," but Jack told him that there had been more to the game that just divulging that bit of information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Gregory on February 28, 2013
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This is an easy read, entertaining, and uplifting. If parents acted like the dad in this book, the world's children would be so much more happier and well adjusted. The way things were explained was clear and succinct, and I already understood much of it, but what I didn't was eye-opening and wonderful to learn. Support this author!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maranda Russell on November 24, 2012
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I liked this book ok and did think it tackled an important, current issue, but I did find it a little bit corny at times in the way gayness (or the lack of it) was presented. I also thought it was weird and just a little bit too Freudian that the main character, who is trying to figure out if he is gay or not, has a banana for a head. Could they have picked a more stereotypical, phallus-like fruit? I think it would have been better had the characters just been people and not fruit headed people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee on March 7, 2012
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This little book shows its audience several lessons - about name-calling, about being different, showing affection, and keeping a line of communication between parents and children about important stuff. It's non-judgmental, uses simple and G-rated language (no swearing, no physical intimacy or violence here), and is illustrated in full color in this Kindle edition. The title sounds like it could be anti-gay; however, name-calling and homophobia are immediately tackled as hurtful practices. Overall, this is a great story for kids to show them that "gay" shouldn't be a put-down or a cause for bullying and that it's not "gay" to hug your friends. This book may prove helpful for some adults, too.
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Cristian YoungMiller is an author and TV writer that became the first person to post a video on YouTube about jelqing. Later he posted other videos about sexual secrets that received over 3 million views. Since then he has gone on to publish multiple books on topics ranging for sexual advice to spirituality. His latest works are novels for those that like to laugh and be scared.

Cristian YoungMiller was born in the Bahamas and now lives in Los Angeles. He received his degree in Psychology from Beloit College and has worked as a writer, editor and producer for Disney, Vivendi Universal Games and other companies.

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