Author: Lee Bantle
Age Group: Older Teens
# of Pages: 184
My Rating: 4/5
He can't be. He isn't. But he is.
David Dahlgren is your seventeen years old running addict. And he has a secret. He likes someone. And this someone is his cute teammate on his track team, Sean. Every time he is around, David aches for him. But he is a guy, so is even possible for anything to happen between them?
To suppress these feelings, David tries to be as non-homosexual as possible. He dates Kick, a female friend of his, and tames himself to stop thinking inappropriate thoughts by snapping a rubber band against his wrist. But whenever Sean is around, he can not help but think and feel things.
When David's fantasies finally come true, life may not be so bad after all. Until he realizes that Sean prefers to stay away from the gay image. With so many emotions boiling inside of him, what should David do?
I have to admit, I was always a little uncomfortable with the idea of homosexual people. I accept them for who they are but if they are to display public affection, it is weird. So when Henry Holt InGroup announced that May's book was about a gay person trying to find himself, I was not so sure if I would like it. Pleasantly to know, it is pretty good novel.
Even though David was a boy, it felt like I was reading through a girl's perspective which made it easier for me to relate to. It was quite different from your usual teen romance novels and added to the taste. I felt sorry for character but I understood what Sean was going through too. To be oneself can cause a lot of problems sometimes.
Usually I'm all about the description but Bantle's brief scenes worked well with the plot. It's a nice read with the protagonist trying to embrace his true identity. I definitely recommend this novel because after reading David Inside Out, I appreciate homosexuals a lot more than I used to. It gives more insight on what it is like to be discriminated against, even in today's society. David Inside Out is a new novel with a gentle voice that cries to be heard amongst many and has a valuable lesson for all, no matter who you are. There are sexual scenes, so do not read if you are uncomfortable with such.
Review ARC copy provided by Henry Holt and Company.