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Totally Joe by James Howe

Totally Joe (edition 2007)

by James Howe

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Title:Totally Joe
Authors:James Howe
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2007), Paperback, 208 pages
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Tags:fiction, middle grade, gay, M

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Totally Joe by James Howe

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    Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (amysisson)
    amysisson: "Flipped" tells the same events from two different perspectives, with earnest and real teen POV. "Totally Joe" has only one perspective but with a creative format -- and with the other books in this series, you do get that multiple POV. Both highly recommended.… (more)

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A great side by side covering some of the same time period as the Misfits. Joe comes across as a 12/13 year old learning about himself and life, rather than being too old. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
A great side by side covering some of the same time period as the Misfits. Joe comes across as a 12/13 year old learning about himself and life, rather than being too old. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
A great side by side covering some of the same time period as the Misfits. Joe comes across as a 12/13 year old learning about himself and life, rather than being too old. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
A lively voice for young GLBTs and those who are GLBT-friendly. Joe Bunch is almost 13 and confident in his gayness even as he is teased by the "guy-guys" at school. He has a close-knit group of friends who accept him for who he is and a supportive family (to which he hasn't yet outed himself but they're aware anyway). And his first boyfriend is Colin, a jock and closeted gay not at all comfortable in his skin as Joe is. Joe Bunch's story is good for teen lit and affirmative for readers like Joe, notwithstanding some awfully convenient plot points in Joe's favor. Oddly the book appears packaged for younger readers but the material is definitely YA. I guess one could argue it's suitable for young teens; still, it may come as an unexpected or unwelcome surprise for a reader not yet ready for this topic. Nothing graphic here; Joe still thinks kissing and "swapping saliva" is gross. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Technically the second in a group of connected books, yet capable of standing on its own, Totally Joe is told from the point of view of Joe Bunch, a gay 12-year-old who is young enough that to still think kissing is kind of gross, yet old and self-aware enough to know that he likes boys, not girls.

One of the most charming aspects of this book is its format; Joe is working on an English assignment for which he must write his own autobiography with entries that start with the letters from A to Z. As such, this book, which I think would be considered middle grade or young adult or somewhere in between, is a quick read. ( )
  amysisson | Jul 9, 2015 |
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Meet Joe Bunch, lovable misfit and celebrity wannabe from Paintbrush Falles, New York. like his longtime best friends Addie, Skeezie, and Bobby, Joe's been called names all his life. So when he's given the assignment to write his alphabiography-the story of his life from A to Z- Joe has his doubts. The whole thing could be serious ammunition for bullying if it falls into the wrong hands. But Joe discovers there's more to the assignment-and his life-than meets the eye. Especially when he gets to the letter C, which stands for Colin Briggs, the coolest guy in the seventh grade (seriously)-and Joe's secret boyfriend. By the time Joe gets to the letter Z, he's pretty much bared his soul about everything. And Joe's okay with that because he likes who he is. He's Totally Joe, and that's the best thing for him to be. here is an exuberant, funny, totally original story of one boy's coming out-and coming-of-age.
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"Everybody says you and Colin were kissing."

"What? That's ridiculous!"

"For heaven's sake, Joe, if you and Colin want to kiss, you have every right to."

"We did not kiss," I told her.

Addie shrugged. "Whatever."

What was it with my friends?

From the creator of The Misfits, the book that inspired NATIONAL NO NAME-CALLING WEEK, comes the story of Joe Bunch....

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:48 -0400)

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As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography--life from A to Z--and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.

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