MY FATHER'S SCAR by Michael Cart

MY FATHER'S SCAR

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Andy Logan is a college man recalling his childhood and the formative incidents of his teenage years, when he was isolated from both family and peers by his weight, his intellect, and his love for books. He discovers running and conquers the weight problem-- but knows he'll never please his bullying, alcoholic father. When an older boy, Evan, whom Andy deeply admires, comes out, the swift and brutal reaction of the townspeople reveals the depth of their anti-gay prejudice. Andy can't go public about his own homosexuality, but he suffers from hiding his true self. Andy's growing awareness of his gayness is handled well, with action and dialogue revealing to readers what Andy hasn't fully recognized in himself. Cart's first novel does a good job of characterization, lifting the book beyond the category of a problem novel, although Evan's coming-out scene isn't quite credible (the reaction of the community is). The emotionally satisfying conclusion wraps up a sensitive tale. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80749-X
Page count: 203pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1996




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