The Vast Fields of Ordinary
It's Dade's last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a "boyfriend" who treats him like dirt, and his parents' marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he's finally experiencing true happiness. But when a tragedy shatters the final days of summer, he realizes he must face his future and learn how to move forward from his past.
Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality);; Divorce; Separation; Homosexuality; divorced parents; co-parenting; two homes; separated parents; gay; gay teenager; lesbian; lesbian teenager; same-sex relationship
Black / White
mother and father
gay male; lesbian female
Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2010, Winner, Children's (Young Adult Literature); Lambda Literary Award, 2010, Finalist; Best of the Best Books, 2009 Fiction; Booklist Book Review Stars, 2009; Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth, 2009; Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth, 2009; Booklist Top 10 Youth Romances, 2009; Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2009; New York Times Notable Children's Books, 2009; Rainbow List, 2010 Fiction; School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2009; Stuff for the Teen Age, 2010 Bad Romance
coming of age; summer; summer before college; college; parties; self-acceptance; realization; adventure; rock music; bands; high school; part time job
Burd, Nick, "The Vast Fields of Ordinary" (2009). DIVerse Families. 1519.