The Full Spectrum

The Full Spectrum : A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities

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Teens are more aware of sexuality and identity than ever, and they're looking for answers and insights, as well as a community of others. In order to help create that community, YA authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell have collected original poems, essays, and stories by young adults in their teens and early 20s. The Full Spectrum includes a variety of writers--gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transitioning, and questioning--on a variety of subjects: coming out, family, friendship, religion/faith, first kisses, break-ups, and many others.

This one of a kind collection will, perhaps, help all readers see themselves and the world around them in ways they might never have imagined. We have partnered with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to them.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 19mm | 272g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0375832904
  • 9780375832901
  • 234,547

About David Levithan

When not writing during spare hours on weekends, David Levithan is editorial director at Scholastic and the founding editor of the PUSH imprint, which is devoted to finding new voices and new authors in teen literature. His acclaimed novels Boy Meets Boy and The Realm of Possibility started as stories he wrote for his friends for Valentine's Day (something he's done for the past 22 years and counting) that turned themselves into teen novels. He's often asked if the book is a work of fantasy or a work of reality, and the answer is right down the middle--it's about where we're going, and where we should be.

Billy Merrell was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a writer of both poetry and prose, coauthoring the New York Times bestselling Spirit Animal series and appearing in several anthologies of poetry. His other works include Talking in the Dark, Vanilla, the Infinity Ring Secrets series, and The Full Spectrum, which was coedited with David Levithan and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award. Merrell currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his husband, Nico Medina.
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It was only a few weeks ago that I read AM I BLUE?: COMING OUT OF THE SILENCE edited by Marion Dane Bauer. That book is filled with fictional stories dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, and is a book I highly recommend. I was very happy to see THE FULL SPECTRUM, edited by the talented authors David Levithan and Billy Merrell, hit the shelves. THE FULL SPECTRUM is not fiction. It's filled with many, many stories--some long, some very short--that are mini-memoirs of the individual author. This book covers all of the ups and downs, the sadness and joy, of being homosexual, transgender, questioning, or bisexual. There are so many great personal stories in this book that I'm unable to choose a favorite. Instead, I'm going to list every entry that is included, for the simple fact that these authors, these very real individuals speaking from personal experience, deserve a round of applause for bringing these issues to the awareness of each and every one of us. O.K. by Courtney Gillette A GAY GRAMMAR by Gabe Bloomfield IT'S NOT CONFIDENTIAL, I'VE GOT POTENTIAL by Eugenides Fico SNOW AND HOT ASPHALT by Benjamin Zumsteg WHEN YOU'RE A GAY BOY IN AMERICA by Danny Zaccagnino I SMELL THE GAS OF MY FATHER'S FISHING BOAT by Adam K. Boehmer FOURTH OF JULY by Lauren Rile Smith MY DIARY: DOCUMENTED. DONE. by L. Canale CRYING WOLFE by Jack Lienke TRANS-VENTURES OF AN F2M by Alexzander Colin Rasmussen QUEER: FIVE LETTERS by Kat Wilson FALLING OFF MY BIKE AND RIDING INTO THE SUNSET by Christopher Wilcox THE NIGHT MARC HALL WENT TO THE PROM by J. J. Deogracias DON'T TELL ME THAT I'M OVERLY SENSITIVE AND PARANOID by Alex Weissman MY POEMS by Isaac Oliver SACAGAWEA by Laura Heston A FAIRY'S TALE by Travis Stanton A BOY IN THE GIRLS' BATHROOM by Dylan Forest OUR SPACE by Jovencio de la Paz FOUR PHOTOS by Justin Levesque BREAK-UP IN SLOW MOTION by Joshua Dalton A STORY CALLED "HER" by Alison Young MOMENT: THIS COULD'VE BEEN ME by Evin Hunter A QUIETLY QUEER REVOLUTION by Laci Lee Adams HATCHBACK by Kaitlyn Tierney Duggan WALKING THE TRACKS by Eric Knudsen THE MOST IMPORTANT LETTER OF OUR LIFE by JoSelle Vanderhooft WITHOUT A TRACE by Anthony Rella BODY ISN'T THIS by Zara Iris NICE ASS by Jesse Cameron Alick "GIRL + FAGGOTS" by Caspian Gray SOMETHING FOR THE LADIES by Danny Thanh CLICK AND DRAG by Joel de Vera Moncada JILL SOBULE AND FOUR OTHER TORTURE DEVICES by Ella Pye GAYDAR by Jesse Bernstein THE SHORT VERSION by Grover Wehman ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE by Stefanie Davis THAT NIGHT by Matthew Mayo CONTINUATION OF THE LIFE by Tyrell Pough THREE SUNSETS by Robert Brittain The truly wonderful thing about this book isn't just that it deals with issues that many people still feel are taboo, but the fact that they raise awareness in everyone who reads it that being different doesn't really mean being different. Whether you're heterosexual or homosexual, male or female or transgender, clear in your sexuality or questioning, there are things that everyone can learn from reading the stories included in THE FULL SPECTRUM. Add to that fact that part of the proceeds of the sale of the book are being donated to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and you have one more reason to pick up a more
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