David Inside Out

Reader: Mollie W
Age: 15
Title: David Inside Out
Author: Lee Bantle
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pub Date: May 2009
Galley: Yes
Nominate for Teens’ Top 10: No
Recommend: Yes
Annotation: When David begins to have feelings for his friend Sean, he realizes that he's gay. While coping with the stress that coming out can cause, David must learn to accept himself for who he is, and find the people who will do the same.
Convince us to read the book: David Inside Out is a little more enlightening to what the process of coming out can be like. Though it's different for everyone, David Inside Out provides a window into someone’s experience.
Compelling Aspect of the Book: The most compelling part of the book was how Bantle shows that despite what society and homophobic people might want us to believe-GLBTQ's(Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,Transgender or Questioning)go through a lot of the same issues straight people do. They have poor relationships, people who don't get them, they fight with their friends, and in the end, they are just looking for someone who will be loyal, love them and accept them for who they really are.
Did you finish the book: Yes
Were you disappointed with the book: David Inside Out hammers a good message home, that's why I wish it was a little more accessible to younger age groups. Due to the amount of sexual content I don't find it appropriate for younger ages (not because it's gay sex that occurs, but because it's very detailed and graphic).
Did the cover reflect the contents: I found the cover slightly inaccurate, because the book focuses a lot more on David alone than David's relationship with another guy.
Age Range: 14-15, 16-17, 18 up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

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