The novel won the Stonewall Book Award. And really, he did an amazing job. His editor asked him to change the title so that it would appeal to people other than "football players who read." Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. Honestly Ben Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg. ONLY READ IF YOU’VE READ OPENLY STRAIGHT & HONESTLY BEN. Maybe. in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks. Make sure to check out this book too. I will say that this does use the 'gay for you' trope, however Ben does consider bisexuality and concludes that the label isn't right for him. Albie and Toby are also back in this book, which made me so happy. Mar 2017 whats gonna happen with his scholarship? He needs time to figure it out. Well, at … [On the one hand, I hate when other people tell someone else how they should feel or identify. And sometimes they determine wether I'm up for a reread or not. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. More Books, Published in USA  He’s getting all As in his classes at the Natick School. But that’s okay. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past. Konigsberg has again done a remarkable job developing characters and inviting readers to consider the meaning of friendship with all its rewards and challenges. is he going to go back to school? That character flaw earned him a GLAAD Media Award in 2002, for his column "Sports World Still a Struggle for Gays." TEEN SCHOOL & FRIENDSHIP Because here, only seeing him from the outside, he can appear less than sympathetic in this story. Extremely well written, this novel of ideas is deeply satisfying and as honest as its appealing protagonist." Summary Ok. His parents figured he'd be a great soccer player, based on his spirited kicking from inside the womb. You rejected us. He’s also been told by the headmaster that he’s next in line to win the school’s coveted scholarship—awarded to only one Natick student annually. © Copyright 2020 Kirkus Media LLC. I absolutely fell in love with the first book, and while I enjoyed getting Bens POV in the novella, I don’t really think his perspective was suited to a full length story. Thanks! An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. Now, as a protagonist, his adorkable levels are off the charts. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But there were some major issues for me too. "Starred Review. Here's the thing about the author of this book: his endings are always lacking. A fresh, insightful, inspiring take on what it means to come out. There were only four levels. Change ). And you need to have read it for that more-intimate knowledge of Rafe - of his own confusion and insecurities. I was actually disappointed how things turned out with Hannah. Just $12 for 3 months or Someday we'd all be history, and if I was going to be history then, it meant I existed now. $39 for a year. . - Kirkus. ‧ SPOILERS AHEAD!!! This rating was tough and I feel very conflicted. Expectations were high from birth - at least in terms of athletics. Every month our team sorts... Ben Carver is back to normal. "Starred Review. Not just because you need to know the events and context, but because each of the novels is written in a single POV. "Starred Review. I wanna know if I'm wasting my time hoping for an LGBT+ couple here. Ben goes through some rough moments, and Rafe's reactions, while perhaps realistic-teen, are not always endearing. He’s working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. Lara Jean's romantic entanglements complicate themselves further. . A multigenerational story about two families bound together by the tides of history. 30 Mar 2017 12 Apr 2017. There were only four levels. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out /  Is his dad going to love him again and learn to accept him? Subscribe to receive some of our best reviews, "beyond the book" articles, book club info, and giveaways by email. Bill Konigsberg And there’s Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else…and maybe the real normal that Ben needs. by He just got elected captain of the baseball team. Han further develops her cast, pushing them to new maturity and leaving few stones unturned. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg last semester is over now, and he just needs to be a Carver, work hard, and stay focused. ‧ ( Log Out /  As a sports writer and editor for The Associated Press in New York from 2005-08, Bill once called his husband, who was at the time working a desk job, from the New York Mets dugout before a game. "A fresh, insightful, inspiring take on what it means to come out."