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Finding H.F.: A Novel Paperback – October 1, 2001
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I'm a solid fan of Watts and she handles the territory with her usual skill and wit. Watts is one of the funniest writers now working (and certainly working in the GLB vein). Get this, spend the evening enjoying Watts's great writing, and then get the others.
As H.F. who narrates this story of coming out and coming of age in 21st Century Appalachia, says "I guess I'm lucky, though, because I'm not the only one in school who's different. I don't have to be a lonely gazelle limping along while the lions stalk me. I've got Bo for a friend, and bless his heart, he's got it a lot rougher that I do. The sissy boys always have it harder than the tomboys." p 8
At the end of their sophomore year, H.F. decides she needs to look up the mother who abandoned her 16 years before. She convinces Bo to take a road trip to Florida. The teens, who have never been out of the state, pool their resources, pile into Bo's old Ford Escort and head south. Along the way these two young explorers find a loving gay community, role models, friends and the potential for a positive life.
Watts' novels are always a treat. (Reading Wedding Bell Blues made me laugh out loud. So go read the others too!) Her humor and characterization together with her understanding and insightful depiction of life in the Southland allow us to laugh at life's ironies. Don't let the cover of Finding H.F put you off. It's illustrative of an epiphany for H.F early in the novel and sets the tone for her coming out.
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(Just as a note, this review is being written as part of an assignment for PH 2998 - Seminar in Child and Adolescent Health at UT School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Felicia
A great novel for young adults who are discovering their sexual identity. I liked it a great deal.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Finding HF was a very good novel by Julia Watts. The novel offers a different perspective.
It takes place in the South, or "bible belt" of the United States. Read more
Excellent story from an obviously gifted author. HF lives in a tiny town in Kentucky, where they seem to be as redneck as they come. Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by Erin Brooks
I was browsing through a gay bookstore in atlanta and just happend upon this book. Now I can't get enough! Read morePublished on May 8, 2002 by U2pop