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If Boys Could Hold Hands Paperback – November 15, 2012
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About the Author
David Lavallee grew up the youngest of three sons in Plainfield, Connecticut. At an early age, David developed a strong interest in environmental issues and social justice. David is a full-time science educator for adolescents. He continues to teach his students how to better understand their environment and how they fit into a community or a system, no matter who they are and how different they may seem. He currently splits time between New York City and his home in the Catskills.
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Reading this book brought me to a better understanding of young people who are struggling to find not only their sexuality, but their place in this world. Had I had this book 15 years ago, I could have given it to young people who would have gained so much from it.
I could not put this book down, I was so engrossed with what each character was going through. I cried, I laughed, and I got so angry at the injustices of life. Yet, when the book ended I realized that the author had brought me through to the realization that we just need to hold on to our faith in each other. We must remember that when all seems lost, there is always a hope for a better understanding of the worth and dignity of all persons. I highly recommend this book, especially to those young adults who think they may be gay or lesbian. In this book David shows them the importance of being honest with themselves and the people who love them.
From the moment I started reading I was instantly drawn into a world that I, and I'm sure many others, can relate to. I couldn't put it down. The only thing wrong with this book is that it had to end. I eagerly await David Lavallee's next book. He is a master at setting the stage for his wonderful story to unfold.
There are an over abundance of unrelated editorials by the author about events that have absolutely no bearing on the story he is telling. Combined with several story lines that are incomplete and unresolved. Topped of with an abrupt ending.
I would probably rate it lower but I so pleased to read a Gay coming of age story that didn't rely on graphic sex to keep the readers attention that I had to give it credit for that. It was also nice to have two romantically involved male characters who could be in the same room, make eye contact and not get an erection (wow amazing and these guys are actually still in there teens).
Another contributing factor for not rating this story lower was that I only paid .99¢. That is the only recommendation I can make if you are considering reading this book do not spend more.
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David has written a story that is sadly reflective of what many young gay people experience as the come to...Read more