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.
When Sean begins to express a similar attraction to David, he couldn't be happier. But then David wants more than Sean is willing to give. 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. This book will be an excellent addition to any library's GLBTQ collection.
- Sarah K. Allen, Thetford Academy, VT