In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Lee Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.
How can you be yourself if you don’t know who that is ?
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“Rudolphs was packed like always on Saturdays. The buzz ricocheted off pink plaster walls as I squeezed through the rowdy crowd swigging beer in the entry. Eddie was sitting alone in back. "Kick's not here yet?" I asked, sliding my lanky frame into the fake-leather booth.”Continue Reading »
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"Bantle describes the teen's emotional roller coaster in such an open and honest manner that readers will feel everything from his anguish to his elation. While this book will have wide appeal due to its universal themes of first love and the search for one's identity, it will be especially intriguing to readers who are struggling with their own sexuality. They will be able to understand and relate to David and his quest for self-discovery"
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The three R´s of Summer
The three R´s of Summer
David Dahlgreen leads a pretty good life. He runs on the cross-country team, he does okay in school and there's even a girl in his life who likes him a lot. The only problem is that he has a crush on one of his cross country teammates, Sean. And the crazy thing is that Sean might like him back.
The eponymous narrator of this brilliantly multi-layered novel is trying to do what arguably every teen in America strives for: to fit in. But David Dahlgren's modest aspirations are hampered by reality. David is gay, something he doesn't acknowledge about himself at first, the dawning realization coming only as the story progresses.
This coming of age book was far different than what I had thought it would turn out to be. Yes, I knew the main character David, was gay and all, but I didn't think it would go into full detail when he and another guy were together.
How Did the Landmark Marriage Equality Decision Affect You?
In the novel David Inside Out, David grew up before the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states. Though he was romantically drawn to boys, David never imagined that he could one day marry a man.
David Inside Out Released in Paperback and e-book
After 7 years in hardcover, David Inside Out was released in paperback and e-book in spring 2017. Available in bookstores and on the internet now. The new edition has a bonus section discussing the many positive steps forward for LGBTQ people since the release of the hardcover in 2009. The cheaper price of the paperback will make it accessible to many more teens wanting to read David's compelling coming out story.