Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg

The sequel to Openly Straight is recounted by Ben.

Ben has put his feelings for Rafe behind him and the new semester has started well for him – captain of the baseball team, the lovely Hannah as a girlfriend and the promise of a scholarship for a good university. This is going to be a great year for Ben.

Except Rafe is still there and Ben can’t turn his feelings off. As Ben struggles to meet everyone’s expectations, he starts to question what is important, what he needs and what he wants. If Ben is honest and follows his heart, he world might implode; but if he buries his feelings and pleases his family, his team mates and the school, he might lose sight of himself.

This book goes over some of the question raised in Openly Straight about labels we apply to people. However, it goes further as it considers what being bravery and honesty really mean. There is a fair amount of ruminating about relationships and feelings, but the imperfectly real characters make this a fun and interesting book to read.



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