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Absolutely, Positively Not

Title

Absolutely, Positively Not

Publisher

Arthur A. Levine Books

Publication Year

2005

ISBN

9780439591096

Pages

224 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Steven's a 16-year-old boy with two obsessions: sex and getting his driving license. The problem is, Steven's not thinking girls when he's thinking sex. Could he be -- don't say it -- gay? Steven sets out to get in touch with his inner he-man with Healthy Heterosexual Strategies such as "Start Hanging Out with the Guys," and "Begin Intensive Dating." But are Steven's tactics going to straighten him out, or leave him all twisted up?

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

730L

Diversity Topics

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Gay/Lesbian; gay; gay teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Sid Fleischman Humor Award, 2005, Winner
Images of Community: Selected Books for Children and Young Adult, 2011 Reaching Out: Finding and Creating Community (Fiction)
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2005
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2005 Older Readers
Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth, 2005
Choices, 2006 Fiction Young Adult
Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009 GLBTQ Children and Teens: Fiction
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Ninth Edition, 2006
Rainbow List, 2008 Middle Early Young Adult Fiction
Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007
Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2006 Supplement, 2006
Thickskinned, Thinskinned, The Skin I'm In: Books about Bullying, Teasing, Relational Aggression and School Violence, 2013 Being Different (Grades 9 - 12)
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
Young Adults' Choices, 2007

Keywords

Minnesota; high school; square dancing; driver's license; denial; dating; hockey; internal war; coming out

Diversity Impact

direct

Absolutely, Positively Not

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