Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates

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It was in November, a Thursday after swim practice. The thing with Mr. Tracy, Darren's English teacher.
The thing was how Darren would think of it, afterward.
The thing that was vague and not-named.
The thing that hadn’t happened, anyway.

Darren Flynn has the perfect life -- until that day in November.

After that day, after what happened (did it happen?), life is different. Darren is different. Nothing is as it was –– before. His friends, his family, even the people who are supposed to be in charge are no longer who Darren thought they were. Who can he trust, now?

This compelling, masterfully written novel by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates explores one teenager's search for identity in a complex, deceiving world, and the answers he finds in the most unexpected places.


About Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring works of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and since 1978 has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.
Published February 15, 2005 by HarperTeen. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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Darren is taken aback when his usually "formal" English teacher, Mr. Tracy, acts overly friendly one afternoon, gives Darren a ride home from school and asks the teen to address him by his first name.

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In a starred review, PW said, "As she did in Freaky Green Eyes , Oates once again explores the link between sexuality and aggression as she delves deep inside a vulnerable 16-year-old's psyche."

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Darren glanced up to see in the mirror the gay-boy looking at him with what appeared to be a sly, snaky little smile and pink tongue between his lips, and a flame passed over Darren's brain … a scuffle broke out, the gay-boy was down at once on the dirty floor, whimpering and pleading … Kevin cur...

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Mr. Tracy gives Darren the chance to redo a paper that would help his semester grade, but Darren refuses’ saying that it isn’t fair to the other students.

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