Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Absolutely Positively Not...

Absolutely Positively Not...
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This book is so gay!

I hear that sort of thing a lot from teenagers who should certainly know better - "gay" or "faggy" or "queer" used as an adjective to describe anything that the speaker finds distasteful or weird. In this case I am using "gay" properly using two of dictionary.com's definitions: "having or showing a merry, lively mood" and "of, indicating, or supporting homosexual interests or issues". See? That isn't so hard! And it makes me feel smart. But back to the book.

Absolutely Positively Not is the very funny story of Steven - a teenager growing up in Beaver Lake, Minnesota - "the hockey stick capital of the world." He is neat and considerate and enjoy square dancing once a week with his mom, even though he knows it is a little odd. But this absolutely positively doesn't make him gay. How Steven comes to terms with his sexuality is handled in a sensitive and often hilarious manner.

There are a lot of "coming out" stories out there, but few that have the light touch of this one. One exception is Totally Joe by James Howe. Alex Sanchez has written the Rainbow Boys books that share these books' light tone but are a little more direct about sex.

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