David Inside Out

by Lee Bantle

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) | May 12, 2009 | Hardcover

David Inside Out is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; he’s a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has “inappropriate” urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems.
 
In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Lee Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.57 × 5.77 × 0.8 in

Published: May 12, 2009

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805081224

ISBN - 13: 9780805081220

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Little Coming of Age Story Although I'm sure it's not the first of its genre (gay coming of age story for a young adult audience), it's the first one that I've read, and it was a pleasure. It's a short novel about David, a high-schooler coming to terms with his sexuality. Nothing like this existed when I was growing up, but boy would it have been nice to have. It provides honest and accurate insight to the uncertainty, fear, loneliness, joy, and other emotions that most gay people experience during adolescence. Highly recommended for any teenager who is currently experiencing a similar journey.
Date published: 2009-06-07

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David Inside Out

by Lee Bantle

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.57 × 5.77 × 0.8 in

Published: May 12, 2009

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805081224

ISBN - 13: 9780805081220

About the Book

David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; he's a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has "inappropriate" urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems. In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Lee Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.

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Chapter One   Driving along Minnehaha Parkway on my way to see Kick, I felt like Archie going over to Veronica''s. Not because she lived in a massive stone house and I mowed lawns for cash. Or because I was prone to Archie-type screwups. I felt that way because our relationship was two-dimensional.   And that was the test. Could I make it to the third dimension with her?   Rudolphs was packed like always on Saturdays. The buzz ricocheted off pink plaster walls as I squeezed through the rowdy crowd swigging beer in the entry. Eddie was sitting alone in back. "Kick''s not here yet?" I asked, sliding my lanky frame into the fake-leather booth.   "In the bathroom—probably stocking up on cheap dispenser condoms," he said, straight-faced.   "Yeah, right."   "Don''t be so sure she''s not. That girl is in heat." I gave him a look. "Your ears must have been burning," he said.   "You talking about me?"   "Mmhmm. Your sex life."   "What!" I crunched down on an ice cube. "Who brought that up?"   "Kick wants to know why you''re so slow."   "She said that?"   "Yeah." Eddie turned the salt shaker on its side and spun it. "Why are you so slow? No, really, I want to know."   "Shhh! She''s coming," I said.   "There you are, David," Kick said, sliding in next to me. "What took you so long to get here?"   "I got lost."   "That''s pathetic." She patted my hand like I was five. "How many times have you been downt
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David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; he’s a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has “inappropriate” urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems.
 
In this thoughtful yet searing coming-of-age novel, Lee Bantle offers a raw, honest, and incredibly compelling account of a teenager who learns to accept himself for who he is.

About the Author

LEE BANTLE is the author of the middle-grade novel Diving for the Moon. He is an attorney and lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for David Inside Out:

“The writing is meaty and full of well-conceived characterizations, believable plot devices and plenty of wisdom for teens trying to understand themselves.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Bantle describes the teen’s emotional roller coaster in such an open and honest manner that readers will feel everything from his anguish to his elation. While this book will have wide appeal due to its universal themes of first love and the search for one’s identity, it will be especially intriguing to readers who are struggling with their own sexuality. They will be able to understand and relate to David and his quest for self-discovery”—School Library Journal

“Bantle’s writing is crisp and spare, with no sentimentality or long-winded introspection; his second novel is a refreshing contribution to the “coming out” genre and a powerful example of an honest teen voice.”—The Horn Book Magazine

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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