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Honestly Ben

Sprecher: Dan Bittner
Serie: Openly Straight, Titel 2
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 16 Min.
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 Bewertungen)

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In this companion to Openly Straight, Ben confronts pressure at school, repression at home, and his passion for two very different people in figuring out what it takes to be Honestly Ben.

Ben Carver is back to normal. He's working steadily in his classes at the Natick School. He just got elected captain of the baseball team. He's even won a full scholarship to college, if he can keep up his grades. All that foolishness with Rafe Goldberg the past semester is in the past.

Except...there's Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighboring school, who attracts him and distracts him. There's his mother, whose quiet unhappiness Ben is noticing for the first time. School is harder, the pressure higher, the scholarship almost slipping away. And there's Rafe, funny, kind, dating someone else...and maybe the real normal that Ben needs.

Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Andrew Smith, and John Green, Honestly Ben is a smart, laugh-out-loud novel that will speak to anyone who's struggled to be "honestly ____" in some part of their lives.

©2017 Bill Konigsberg (P)2017 Scholastic Inc.

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"Dan Bittner's narration develops the unique personality of 17-year-old Ben, a secondary character in Konigsberg's earlier book Openly Straight.... In this follow-up, Bittner quickly reveals Ben's intelligence and introspection.... In a complex portrait, Bittner captures Ben's confused central conflict - is he gay, or straight, or is he only 'gay-for-Rafe'? Keeping the plot engaging, Bittner highlights Ben's search for his identity." ( AudioFile)

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Terrific Story

I suggest that you read/listen "Openly Straight" first.
Very interesting story for youngsters and adult gay. bi and straight alike.

Room for improvement:
The "I/He/She said/asked"s need to be reduced drastically in the audiobook version. They are simply too many and irritating.

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Nice, but not as good as the first book

Compared to the first book, this one didn't quite live up to my expectations. Ben is an interesting and profound character, but he couldn't keep up with Rafe's often humorous narrative. Some nice moments, but overall pretty predictable story development. Nonetheless, for those of you who weren't satisfied with the ending of the first book, I can still recommend Honestly Ben to a certain degree.

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i loved ben's story...

it resonated with me.
i'll listen to it again and again, because ben's honesty feels so good to me.