DAVID INSIDE OUT by Lee Bantle

DAVID INSIDE OUT

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Track-team runner David Dahlgren writes fan letters to Barbara Taylor Bradford, listens to the Supremes and fantasizes about his teammates in the locker room, but he’s not ready to accept the inevitable: that he’s probably gay. All it takes are a couple of fumbled, uncomfortable trysts with his best girl friend Kick and several successful ones with his hot, closeted teammate Sean to figure out what feels right and what feels wrong. Time moves quickly in Bantle’s first novel for teens—perhaps a little too quickly—leaving little time for the emotions that overwhelm David to sink into readers’ minds. The short chapters function more as vignettes in David’s coming-out process than as parts of a complete novel. However, the writing is meaty and full of well-conceived characterizations, believable plot devices and plenty of wisdom for teens trying to understand themselves. The relationships are obviously strong and fully formed—just not on paper. The sex scenes are just blurry enough to feel edited. The results? A well-intended first novel that feels like it went to the chopping block. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8122-0
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2009