Honestly Ben

Booklist called this companion to the award-winning "Openly Straight" remarkable. Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Andrew Smith, and John Green.

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.


Bill Konigsberg, a former sports writer, holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Arizona State University, which he earned in 2005.

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Konigsberg has again done a remarkable job developing characters and inviting readers to consider the meaning of friendship with all its rewards and challenges. Extremely well written, this novel of ideas is deeply satisfying and as honest as its appealing protagonist.


Well-rounded characters take readers from serious, thoughtful discussions to typical teen pranks with ease. … Equal parts serious and funny as it addresses homophobia, hazing rituals and cheating while also delighting readers with a slice-of-life tale set at a private academy.

School Library Journal
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Arthur A. Levine Books

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