Why are the only examples of gay/lesbian fiction that I've come across that I think would be excellent for teens aren't actually being marketed for teens???Walker, Kate. Peter. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. (Original Australian Edition: 1991)Summary
: 15-year-old dirt bike aficionado Peter meets David, his elder brother's gay friend, and, in his burgeoning attraction to David, starts to become confused about his own sexuality. Comments
: Apparently, the author won all sorts of awards in her native Australia for this young adult novel...but, quite frankly, I don't see what all the hype is about. Boy discovers that he's attracted to other boys--or, ONE particular boy, at least. I hope you don't mind a view of my tonsils while I yawn. Not to mention that the usual adolescent fears about not wanting a girl RIGHT NOW, being labeled a "poof," and contracting AIDS through sharing dinner with a gay man struck me as half-hearted young adult writerly conceits at best. I'm reminded quite a bit of the later Clay's Way
(except with dirt bikes instead of skate and surfboards), but at least Blair Mastbaum wrote with a bit more personality and attitude. The great majority of Walker's novel is unadorned dialogue, and the characters' aren't exactly the most scintillating of personalities. I found it a bit surprising that Vince, despite familial influence, was so easygoing about having a friend who is gay. Everyone else was so intolerant. Who would've thunk it? I'll bet it was the only thing Walker could think to do to get her protagonist in contact with an older yet attractive young gay man. Anyway, feel free to hand this book over to your kid--there's nothing even remotely offensive. Problem is, they're likely to find it even more boring than I did.Notes
: trade paperback, 4th printingRating
- Yet another earnest young adult novel with a homosexual/coming out theme that isn't worth the paper it's printed on.