Kerr, M. E. "Hello," I Lied: A Novel

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"Hello," I Lied: A Novel

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When sixteen-year-old Lang has the chance to spend the summer at the ritzy East Hampton estate of retired rock star Ben Nevada, he's pretty sure that it will be the summer of a lifetime. But what Lang doesn't expect is that in addition to hobnobbing with the rich and famous of the rock world, he'll find himself coming out about his homosexuality to his childhood friends, reevaluating his relationship with his boyfriend, Alex, and--most surprising of all--falling in love with a girl.

From the award-winning author of Deliver is From Evie, this is a powerfully moving novel of a young man's struggle to come to terms with his sexuality, his emotions and ultimately himself.

"This book successfully challenges readers' assumption, breaking them down to offer more hopeful, affirming ideas about love and truth,"
-- Publishers Weekly

"The author has again crafted a story that forces readers to examine theirs own ideas of contentment, attraction, and love. In this excellent novel, nothing is portrayed as simple black or white, right or wrong, and each character comes alive by doing what readers least expect."
-- Voice of Youth Advocates

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M. E. Kerr was awarded the 1993 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing young adult books, so it is no surprise that "Hello," I Lied is terrific. Kerr is unafraid to tackle controversial issues: her last novel, Deliver Us from Evie, dealt with a very butch teen girl and "Hello," I Lied is equally daring. Lang Penner is a happily adjusted 17-year-old gay teen who is engaged in a loving relationship with Alex, a 20-year-old actor. When Lang becomes emotionally involved with Huguette, the French daughter of a famous deceased rock star, life suddenly becomes more complicated. Kerr writes about young love and sexuality with insight and passion. But more important, while never ignoring how problematic life can be for gay youth, she envisions a world in which gay teens can be happy and secure.

About the Author:

M. E. Kerr lives year round in the Hamptons, and is a fan of rock n' roll, rock stars and their music. Winner of the 1993 Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contribution to young adult literature, she has written eighteen books for HarperCollins, including Deliver Us From Evie, Linger, and Gentlehands, a 1978 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and winner of the 1978 Christopher Award.

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