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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully observed, true to life story with a sweet hero., 2 Aug. 2009
Usually tagged as a'black coming out story' this book is one for anybody who appreciates a clever,funny, poignant story of life as a teenager, the exhilaration and frustration of sexual longing and the ecstasy of fulfilment. It also has one of the best, short descriptions of the agony of team sports for anyone who is totally unsporting.
The book's hero is sweet, clever, self-aware and well balanced. The interplay of the characters is realistic and well drawn. The fulfilment of Johnny Ray's sexual desires is totally compelling in its portrayal of the excitement of discovery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The coming-of-age story of a gay teen., 23 July 1997
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This review is from: Blackbird (Paperback)
The protagonist is a black teen who knows that he
is gay, knows that he cannot be openly gay at home or at school and basically puts his life on hold while waiting to graduate with a specialization in drama. He manages to avoid innuendos, questions
and even friends' attempts to ... cure him. Then he falls in love.

I read this book over eight years ago and still remember it well enough to recall how bittersweet it is. It's definately going on my one-day-when-I-have-more-space-list. In the meantime, I recommend it to others.
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