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Honestly Ben, Bill Konigsberg

Label
Honestly Ben
Title
Honestly Ben
Statement of responsibility
Bill Konigsberg
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that will mean a full scholarship--but Rafe is still there, there is a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant, but demanding father
Member of
Storyline
Character
Award
Rainbow List, 2018.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 /* Starred Review */ Rafe and Ben return in this eagerly awaited sequel to Konigsberg’s Openly Straight (2013). The spotlight this time is on Ben, whose intimate friendship with Rafe has ended badly. Ben (straight) and Rafe (gay) are cautiously trying to revive this friendship, but, like so much in Ben’s life, it’s complicated. Ben now appears to have it all: forging a new relationship with the lovely, outspoken Hannah; being named captain of the baseball team though he’s only a junior; and receiving a prestigious award that is accompanied by a college scholarship—essential, as Ben comes from an economically challenged farm family. All of this good fortune comes with increasingly onerous stress: Hannah distrusts Ben’s growing friendship with Rafe, being captain of the team is a challenge, and Ben needs to pass a vitally important calculus test to retain the award. How will he handle all of this, especially the friendship with Rafe that may again turn into something deeper? The thoughtful, reserved Ben tells his story in his distinctive, introspective voice, and Konigsberg has again done a remarkable job developing characters and inviting readers to consider the meaning of friendship with all its rewards and challenges. Extremely well written, this novel of ideas is deeply satisfying and as honest as its appealing protagonist. -- Cart, Michael (Reviewed 2/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 11, p37)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up—Ben Carver works hard trying to please his friends, his teammates, his teachers, and, most important, his father. Barely keeping up with his classwork, extracurricular activities, and friendships, Ben wonders if he does all of these things for himself or just to placate those around him. He grapples with staying true to himself, even if he isn't sure who that self is yet. This follow-up to Openly Straight is told from Ben's perspective as a scholarship student living among privileged classmates as well as a teen wrestling with the consequences of living by other people's expectations. Well-rounded characters take readers from serious, thoughtful discussions to typical teen pranks with ease. A boarding school story along the lines of Andrew Smith's Winger, this is equal parts serious and funny as it addresses homophobia, hazing rituals, and cheating while also delighting readers with a slice-of-life tale set at a private academy. VERDICT A first purchase for public libraries wishing to add diverse titles to their collection; give this to fans of Andrew Smith, Brent Hartinger, and John Knowles.—Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library, WI --Jenni Frencham (Reviewed 01/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 1, p102)
  • /* Starred Review */ Seventeen-year-old Ben Carver is under a lot of pressure. He’s having a hard time in calculus, a subject that could torpedo his stellar GPA and ruin his chances at receiving the prestigious Pappas Award, which would look fantastic on his college résumé and provide a needed scholarship. He’s also having difficulty with Rafe Goldberg, his gay former friend (with whom he got quite close in Konigsberg’s Openly Straight), and might be falling for a girl named Hannah. The trouble is, Ben is in love with Rafe, but he can’t accept the idea of being in love with a boy. Ben isn’t homophobic, but that doesn’t make it any easier for him to see himself—captain of the baseball team, son of a farmer—as gay or even bisexual. Konigsberg again realistically explores what happens when one’s self butts up against the world’s expectations and assumptions. Ben refuses to be labeled, and the result is a refreshingly honest exploration of modern relationships and an understanding that love can take many shapes and forms. Ages 14–up. Agent: Linda Epstein, Emerald City Literary. (Mar.)
			
			This review has been corrected to remove an extraneous word. --Staff (Reviewed 01/02/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 01, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10552729
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Konigsberg, Bill
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.K83518
LC item number
Ho 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Openly straight
Series volume
0002
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gay teenagers
  • Homosexuality
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Preparatory schools
  • Fathers and sons
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Honestly Ben, Bill Konigsberg
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Companion to: Openly Straight
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780545858267
Lccn
2016008865
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)954719846
Label
Honestly Ben, Bill Konigsberg
Publication
Copyright
Note
Companion to: Openly Straight
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780545858267
Lccn
2016008865
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)954719846

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