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The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities [Paperback]

David Levithan , Billy Merrell
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Book Description

1 May 2006
Teens are more aware of sexuality and identity than ever, and they’re looking for answers and insights, as well as a community of others. In order to help create that community, YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s. The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers—gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning—on a variety of subjects: coming out, family, friendship, religion/faith, first kisses, break-ups, and many others.

This one of a kind collection will, perhaps, help all readers see themselves and the world around them in ways they might never have imagined. We have partnered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to them.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375832904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375832901
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 15 Oct 2006
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Amazon doesn't seem to like my review of THE FULL SPECTRUM, so please check it out on the TeensReadToo dot com website. This is a great book, and you deserve to read the review.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Full Spectrum 23 April 2006
By OhLourdi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
So what happens when you gather up a group of young, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and other label-full or label-free writers and ask them to share a real life experience to be published in a book?
ANSWER:
The Full Spectrum.
A collection of non-fiction stories that can be found in the fiction section of your favorite library or bookstore.
Why the fiction section you ask?
Fiction sells.
Anthologies come and go, come and go, usually unnoticed and dammit!- we don't want this book to just `go'. We need its readers to find it first. This book is out there so that you realize, finally realize that you're not alone. Oh sure, your closet's cramped, there's no leg room in that 4X4 box that only fits you and your fears but...the book is small. Structured perfectly to fit the hands of anyone who wants to let a little laughter, a little heartache, a little hope and reality into their life.
The writers...yes, we're young. Teenagers and random 20-somethin' year olds, but our stories(experiences) are ageless.
So, look for the heartbreakingly beautiful book chock-full `o non-fiction in the fiction section of any store that sells books.
We wanted to share a little piece of ourselves with you and if you go to [...], you're welcome to share with each of us as well.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 26 May 2006
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Amazon doesn't seem to like my review of THE FULL SPECTRUM, so please check it out on the TeensReadToo dot com website. This is a great book, and you deserve to read the review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels. All the feels. 21 Feb 2014
By TheGreenPrincess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Amazing! I figured this would be one of those books that I'd give up on and never finish reading. It turned out to be the most fantastic read I've had in a while. This is definitely one for everyone who supports the LGBTQ community. For anyone who thinks they are alone and that no one has ever felt the way you do now give this book a chance. I ended up finding myself and my story several times.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Collection 5 Oct 2010
By Rachel Gogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a fantastic answer to a lot of the older anthologies that I've read. It filled with hope and heartbreak and some really great stories. There's a wonderful variety of voices and identities through this book and it demonstrates some awesome commonalities across them all. The desire to feel accepted and loved and definite hope comes through.

It's a great book to share with someone who might not understand GLBTQ issues and it was very personal and real.

Loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Important and compelling true stories 25 May 2010
By Lawral Wornek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The pieces in this anthology tackle a myriad of topics: coming out, religion, first love, unaccepting parents/peers, religion, supportive parents/peers, the Boy Scouts, the military, religion(!); in a variety of settings: high school, New Your City, college, junior high, Egypt. They are written by young people who fall under the umbrella term "queer," but identify as gay, bi, trans, lesbian, gender-variant, and more. Some of the pieces are positive and affirming, some speak of overcoming unbearable hardship and hate, some end as hopeless as they began. All of them are important and valid, just like the young people who wrote them.

As a collection, The Full Spectrum is ambitious. It strives to present a multitude of experiences and identities, and it does. The mix of guys and girls, trans or not, is great. The mix of topics is also expansive, and given how much religion is mentioned, the mix of opinions on it is also widely variant. Also the mix of poetry, prose, letters, and diary entries was great. I never felt bogged down in too much angsty poetry or journal writing; all was in balance. This mix of writing styles will, hopefully, make this book accessible and attractive to readers of all stripes.

My main problem was with the editing. Some of these pieces are beautiful bits of polished writing. Some of them are not. I imagine this has a lot to do with the state they were in when they were submitted. Many of these pieces were written by young people about the most traumatic periods of their lives! Everything is in their writing and everything is raw. Everything. It is completely understandable that some of them lack polish. These pieces could have used the guidance of a good editor, and it is a shame that they didn't get it. That said, these stories are compelling, each and every one. If I, an almost-30-year-old, engaged, queer woman had such a strong reaction to this book, I cannot even begin to imagine how much solace and revelation this book could provide for someone still going through the experiences described there in. I saw myself in these stories. I saw my friends. Everyone deserves to be able to see themselves in stories like these too.

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