How Beautiful the Ordinary
Twelve Stories of Identity
Michael Cart and Others
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A girl thought to be a boy steals her sister's skirt, while a boy thought to be a girl refuses to wear a cornflower blue dress. One boy's love of a soldier leads to the death of a stranger. The present takes a bittersweet journey into the past when a man revisits the summer school where he had "an accidental romance." And a forgotten mother writes a poignant letter to the teenage daughter she hasn't seen for fourteen years.
Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others—and themselves—in today's multifaceted and quickly changing world.
I read an advanced readers copy of this about a year ago, when I was struggling with coming out and having a girlfriend and being very secretive and scared all of the time. This book helped me so much, and it will be on my bookshelf forever, as far as I am concerned. Any teenager who is struggling should read this collection.
I haven't even read all of the book yet, but I downloaded the sample awhile ago and read David Levithan's first story. I'm not even LGBTQ, but that story makes me excited to be alive, even though sometimes being alive isn't all that exciting.
Everything else was also very lovely-- and if you liked part of this, you may want to consider reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson; it's how I became acquainted with David Levithan, and that happens to be my favorite book.
- Level: Grades 9 and Above
- Category: Fiction
- Published: Oct 06, 2009
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Seller: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 368 Pages
- Language: English