Honestly Ben

By KONIGSBERG, Bill

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ISBN
9780545858267
Publisher
Arthur A. Levine Bks.


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on January 1, 2017  |  Young Adult

Gr 9 Up—Ben Carver works hard trying to please his friends, his teammates, his teachers, and, most important, his father. Barely keeping up with his classwork, extracurricular activities, and friendships, Ben wonders if he does all of these things for himself or just to placate those around him. He grapples with staying true to himself, even if he isn't sure who that self is yet. Thi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2017

In the aftermath of his best friend Rafe coming out (Openly Straight, rev. 5/13), Ben grapples with his own identity as "gay-for-Rafe"-straight, but still head-over-heels for his friend. Through this lens, the challenges of being openly yourself when you can't yet put a label on who you are come to light; as a gender-fluid classmate puts it, it's like "putting it on a platter and saying, 'Here's my confusion. Feel free to pick it apart.'" Konigsberg sets the s...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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