True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
"If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student, and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy.
But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world—letters he never intends to send—he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s his friend, a boy, who lingers in his thoughts.
James’s secret letters are his safe space—but his truth can’t stay hidden for long. Will he come clean to his parents, his teammates, and himself, or is he destined to live a life of fiction?
This heartfelt debut novel explores the muddy landscape of truth and lies and lays bare the sometimes painful but often hopeful work of writing one’s own authentic story."- summary from Amazon
I absolutely loved this book and had so much trouble putting it down. It's such a great novel- very emotional, but funny and an interesting take on the usual coming out story. Also, the romance was freaking ADORABLE and I didn't want to leave the two of them once the book ended. I want there to be more books about those two!! James' letters throughout the book are heart-wrenching to see the kind of emotional turmoil going on inside his mind as he deals with his homosexuality by shoving it down and barely dealing with it at all. This is such a great book for GLBT teens to read because I know there will be many who see themselves in James' place. I cannot wait to read what Logan puts out next!
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