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by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

  Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school  |  First edition

Boy, Girl...Do Labels Really Matter?   (2015-10-21)

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by AnchorageSchools

I enjoy how a good novel in verse can get the reader to feel and care about the characters so quickly. Like good poetry can make you feel so much. This happened to me when I read “Freakboy.” Brendan seems to have everything any high school boy would want—good grades, athletics and a great girlfriend. Yet he’s not completely comfortable with who he is or who people think he is. Is he masculine enough? He hasn’t wanted to wear a dress, wear make-up, but he has wanted to be more like his girlfriend, Vanessa. Is there a name for someone who feels like he feels? Told in three voices—Brendan’s, his girlfriend’s and that of a new friend Angel—we follow Brendan’s struggle to accept who he is. He’s not a freak and he might not be a “boy” as most of society describes them.

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