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The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian,… (2006)

by David Levithan (Editor), Billy Merrell (Editor)

Other authors: Laci Lee Adams (Contributor), Jesse Cameron Alick (Contributor), Jesse Bernstein (Contributor), Gabe Bloomfield (Contributor), Adam K. Boehmer (Contributor)35 more, Robert Brittain (Contributor), L. Canale (Contributor), Joshua Dalton (Contributor), Stefanie Davis (Contributor), Jovencio de la Paz (Contributor), J. J. Deogracias (Contributor), Kaitlyn Tierney Duggan (Contributor), Eugenides Fico (Contributor), Dylan Forest (Contributor), Courtney Gillette (Contributor), Caspian Gray (Contributor), Laura Heston (Contributor), Evin Hunter (Contributor), Zara Iris (Contributor), Eric Knudsen (Contributor), Justin Levesque (Contributor), Jack Lienke (Contributor), Matthew Mayo (Contributor), Joel de Vera Moncada (Contributor), Isaac Oliver (Contributor), Tyrell Pough (Contributor), Ella Pye (Contributor), Alexzander Colin Rasmussen (Contributor), Anthony Rella (Contributor), Lauren Rile Smith (Contributor), Travis Stanton (Contributor), Danny Thanh (Contributor), JoSelle Vanderhooft (Contributor), Grover Wehman (Contributor), Alex Weissman (Contributor), Christopher Wilcox (Contributor), Kat Wilson (Contributor), Alison Young (Contributor), Danny Zaccagnino (Contributor), Benjamin Zumsteg (Contributor)

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This is a collection of short stories, essays, and poems written by LGBTQ young adults about their experiences. It covers everything from romance, coming out, finding their identities, and just living their day to day lives. The reading is sometimes powerful, sometimes emotional, sometimes painful or joyful, and always very honest. This book would be excellent for young LGBTQ people to learn of other people having experiences similar to theirs, to show them that they are not alone. It would be excellent for anyone as a window into lifestyles that are not well understood by many people outside of it. ( )
  ArynO | May 8, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this collection despite the fact that it was emotionally painful to read at times. I thought it did a really good job of presenting the experiences of gay and lesbian youth. The use of multiple authors rather than simply the experiences of one person makes the book a lot more universal than it would be other wise. Memoir-anthology hybrids can either be tedious to read or engaging. This one, I couldn't put down. ( )
  Jmmott | Dec 7, 2011 |
I feel like this book may have been published more for the writers than for readers. It was obvious from the emotional contributions that each writer was passionate about sharing his or her story. However, some of the writers' tale were exceptionally tough to read, not because of the writing, but because of the content. I went into reading the text with expectations and this was certainly my mistake. Rather than reading about uplifting tales of success, I found this text depressing. While it wasn't my favorite book, I think it was an important read though as all current and future educators should be aware that the troubles of the contributing authors are indeed very real challenges that any of our students may be facing. ( )
  kmcinern | Dec 3, 2011 |
Levithan's collection illuminates a lot of the challenges faced by GLBTQ youth as they strive to find themselves in an often unaccepting world. Some people's stories are heartbreaking while others seem to have an easier time. Some of the writings are artfully done. Perhaps these are contributions from budding writers of the future. The only problem I have with this collection is that it is often depressing. I agree with the suggestion made in class that this collection would work better if combined with the website itgetsbetter.org. ( )
  Michelle_Bales | Dec 3, 2011 |
Very few gems in this collection of 40 stories that together make up a valentine to teenage angst and self-pity. The editors celebrate their LGBT authors' youth, but I'd rather check in with them in twenty years. ( )
  mrcmyoung | Nov 29, 2011 |
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Merrell, BillyEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Laci LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alick, Jesse CameronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernstein, JesseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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de la Paz, JovencioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375832904, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:44 -0400)

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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.… (more)

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