David Inside Out by Lee Bantle

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David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; he’s a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has “inappropriate” urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems.  In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Lee Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.

About Lee Bantle

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LEE BANTLE is the author of the middle-grade novel Diving for the Moon. He is an attorney and lives in New York City.
Published May 12, 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this somewhat uneven novel, David comes out as gay, first to himself, and then to friends and eventually to his mother.

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A book like David Inside Out thus has special resonance, in that this story might well prove to be an important tool for any number of readers who, like young David, find themselves turned inside out by the discovery of their awakening sexual identity—a means by which a reader could learn that, i...

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