cover image True Letters from a Fictional Life

True Letters from a Fictional Life

Kenneth Logan. HarperTeen, $17.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-238025-8

Debut author Logan gives voice to a confused, closeted teen from a small Vermont town. James Liddel, 17, is a perfectly happy star athlete with a "sort-of girlfriend," Theresa, who adores him, and a crew of close friends. But James has a secret that he's sure will destroy his life: he is gay. Certain that his friends and family will reject him once they find out%E2%80%94not an entirely unfounded fear, as most of his friends regularly lob "homo" and "faggot" as insults%E2%80%94James is only truthful about his feelings in the letters he writes but never intends to send. These diary-like letters (which get out, naturally) reveal the pains James goes to in order to hide from those around him. A series of events, including an attack on the only openly gay boy in school, sets James on a course to disclose his sexuality. Logan tackles the complexities of coming out thoughtfully, presenting realistic (and not always fully supportive) responses to James's revelation, as well as his own sometimes-uncharitable attitudes. Ages 13%E2%80%93up. Agent: Rebecca Podos, Rees Literary. (June)