His classmates constantly accuse him of being gay, hurling disgusting slurs around.What he has with Henry is lovely, if at times complicated, but the romance takes a backseat to the story of the abuse.I can pitch unbridled creative ideas to her without any fear.Jennifer encourages me to go deeper, weirder, into more uncomfortable places.Make sure readers who pick this up also realize there are plenty of books about happy, accepted, safe gay kids, too.The author includes a note at the end, talking about how the his own personal story mirrored Evan’s, and resources for help.And Kerry Kletter () is a great friend and very insightful on the whole business of writing. AS: The first chapter of the book had initially started out with an exorcism, since that had happened to me in real life. While working on this book, we were often reminded that life can be stranger and more disturbing than fiction. I’m not ashamed to say that they were the scenes that made me ugly cry.
His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment.
Being where I am right now feels like the best fever dream ever.
Having a book that I can hold in my hands — that I wrote — is the most thrilling, the scariest, and the most rewarding thing that has ever happened in my career thus far.
AS: My best friend is Jennifer Niven, author of , and we always read each other’s work while in the midst of it.
She’s an incredible sounding board as well as a fantastic person to brainstorm with in a BIG way.