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A Very, Very Bad Thing

Title

A Very, Very Bad Thing

Authors

Jeffrey Self

Publisher

Scholastic, Inc.

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781338118407

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Marley is comfortable with being gay in Winston-Salem, but he never had any real passions until he met Christopher, son of a bigoted television evangelist; the two become an inseparable couple until Christopher's parents send him to a religious program intended to "cure" him of being gay, and outraged Marley tells a very big lie--and then has to deal with the repercussions.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homosexuality; homosexual; gay teenager

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

male/male

Keywords

homophobia; truthfulness and falsehood; friendship; prejudices; suicide; parent and child; conversion camp; romance; dating

Diversity Impact

direct

A Very, Very Bad Thing

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