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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.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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.

American Library Association LGBT Roundtable

In his first novel for young adults, Lee Bantle has created a wholly believable and likable protagonist in David Dahlgren. In a story based on Bantle's own experience of growing up gay in Minnesota, the book takes David from creating a plan to be straight to accepting his sexuality.

Fiction for LGTBQ Teens

Protagonist David is mostly in the closet, but sometimes he peeks out a bit. He experiments sexually with hot jock Sean, wishing he were his boyfriend, but Sean can't come out to the rest of the track team and in fact insists he's not gay -- boysex is just more convenient.

American Library Association

This is one of the best and most realistic coming out stories I've ever read for teens.

Shooting Stars Mag

I have a feeling this will be one of those underdog books, so I really hope people will pick up a copy and spread the word.

School Library Journal

This is a realistic and compelling story of a young man who finds himself questioning his sexuality. High school student David Dahlgren is a cross-country runner who develops feelings for his teammate Sean. Scared and confused by these new emotions, he tries to stifle them in various ways, including dating a girl and snapping a rubber band on his wrist whenever he thinks about Sean. 

Horn Book

High school junior David Dahlgren opens his story by comparing himself and his girlfriend Kick to the famous comic-book couple Archie and Veronica; he worries that their relationship is "two-dimensional." His attraction to his teammate and new friend Sean provides an explanation. 

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