Bantle, Lee. David Inside Out. Henry Holt. 184 pages.
Driving along Minnehaha Parkway on my way to see Kick, I felt like Archie going over to Veronica's. Not because she lived in a massive stone house and I mowed lawns for cash. Or because I was prone to Archie-type screwups. I felt that way because our relationship was two-dimensional. And that was the test. Could I make it to the third dimension with her?
Will he or won't he? That's the big question. Will David admit to himself, to his family, to his friends, to the world that he is gay. When the novel opens, David is trying his best to deny his homosexuality. He's trying his best to "make it to the third dimension" with a girl. The girl, in this case, is nicknamed Kick. And she's a good friend to both David and Eddie. Who's Eddie? Well, he's the newly-out-of-the-closet best friend of David. His friend's coming out is making David uncomfortable. Perhaps because his own thoughts, his own desires make him uncomfortable. David tries to be straight--tries not to notice guys in the locker room and the showers; he tries not to fantasize about guys at all. But he's forcing it. And it's just not working. No matter how many times he tells himself no...he can't stop the feelings, the desires, the thoughts.
David's not the only one questioning his sexuality. One day in class, he receives an anonymous note:
Want to get it on with a guy?
Wear your red jersey on Friday.
Wait on the steps outside after school.
I'll meet you.
Don't tell anyone!!!
Don't show this note to anyone!!!
I am not messing with you. (54)
Could this mystery-note be from Sean, one of his teammates? He hopes it is. But will he have the courage to even show up? What if it's a joke, a prank?
This is a coming-of-age novel about coming to terms with who you are and what you want.
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