My Life as a Myth

 
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My Life as a Myth
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14+
Release Date
August 28, 2017
ISBN
9781947139725
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Can a cool reputation really deliver on promises of happiness?

Nick’s got problems. He’s a social outcast who dreams of being popular, he’s an easy target for bullies, and he doesn’t understand why he’s just not attracted to girls. So, after a series of misunderstandings label him a troublemaker on his first day of high school, he’s really stoked to have Jesse Gaston and his gang take him in.

Jesse starts a PR campaign around campus to give Nick a new image, and the shy loser soon finds himself transformed into an antiestablishment hero. While Nick would rather explore his growing attraction to Bobby Warren, he’s forced to fend off would-be girlfriends and struggles with the demands of acting cool. And things at home are spinning out of control as the Vietnam War’s destructive impact threatens to change his life forever.

Nick’s story is both humorous and haunting–a journey of ridiculous misadventures, unexpected psychedelic explorations, and tragic turns of fate. Can a world still reeling from the sexual revolution and the illicit pleasures of marijuana and underage drinking accept two boys in love? Can Nick and Bobby’s relationship survive a hostile time when acid rock rules, status is everything, and being gay is the last taboo?

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Historic gay coming of age debut
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Nominated for the 2014 Stonewall Award in Children's and Young Adult Literature.
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Realistic series of 'journal entries' by gay high school freshman accurately reflects the era. Engaging main character suffering from (undiagnosed) bouts of depression deals with an unwanted reputation, a family slowly disintegrating under the stress of societal change and the Vietnam War, and the confusions of falling in love with another boy.
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