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Totally Joe (The Misfits Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File Size : 2128 KB
- Publication Date : November 1, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 218 pages
- Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint Edition (November 1, 2011)
- ASIN : B005WL6HPO
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #343,966 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Things get especially interesting when he gets to “C,” which stands for Colin Briggs, Joe’s secret boyfriend.
So though the course of the book as Joe works from A to Z, he bares his soul, and we follow him throughout the year as he realizes that he’s gay and figures out what that means for him and his life. Through the pages of his assignment, Joe comes out to his family, gets a boyfriend, all the while navigating the tricky waters of middle school. We get to experience firsthand what life is like for an out 12-year-old boy and the issues and challenges, as well and the joys and delights that he faces. It’s also worth mentioning that Joe is quirky and somewhat colorful, and certainly not afraid to be different, which, unfortunately, attracts the attention of bullies.
But what was beautiful about this book was the unconditional support of his family and friends throughout his coming out and difficulties at school. It was also heartwarming to see the positive change that Joe, his friends, and their parents were able to bring about at school to the school, including issues of harassment and bullying. It was nice to see the adults in the story step up and take responsibility.
I loved Joe’s vibrant, bubbly personality and bright, optimistic outlook, and it was a joy to read his story. I now want to read the other books in this series.
The book is a delight; a blast, a visit to a slightly different planet where being queer isn't easy, but it isn't dangerous and the hardest part is figuring out how to find your way -- pretty much like any other adolescent.
Well written as usual, and a nice sequel to the Misfits, but so far from reality (at least the reality most of us grew up with) that it can almost be filed under Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Still, I very much liked it, and recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Misfits.
The alphabiography was a fascinating concept that seemed like an excellent project for young adults. Not only does it require them to work on their writing skills, it also allows them a chance to discover who they are though self-expression. The No Name Calling Week, which was inspired by the companion novel The Misfits, is a fantastic idea and a great way for students to understand that agreement is not necessary, but respect is. If this is the type of books James Howe decides to write, audiences should decide to read them.
Top reviews from other countries
I thought the Misfits was a better book - far funnier.
This is also good though, I think worth 5 stars - and it is interesting how we already have some of the story in the misfits from another boy's point of view.
In this book some of the old story is retold from Joe's point of view and then more of the story unfolds.
The book is funny and well written and they way the story is revealed is very clever.
Some critics say that Joe's life is unrealistic with his supportive family and friends.
OK many gay teenagers do not have such a life - hence the extremely high rate of attempted suicides among gay teenagers and bullying.
However, as a reader myself I like to read up-beat, positive stories like this and I think this sort of life does reflect reality for a lucky minority of gay youth these days. Times have changed greatly for the better since the author and I were teenagers (I am 45 and I believe James Howe is old enough to be my dad).
If any of my three children is gay or has gay friends they will find a totally supportive and accepting family in my house.
One of the things I liked in this book (and the Misfits) was how James Howe shows us what it means to have girlfriend/boyfriends when you are just 12 or 13: hanging out together, liking each other, perhaps not even speaking because you are too shy, hugging, holding hands and just maybe kissing. And it is clear that many in this age group still do not want to do kissing.