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Edd Tello

Book - 2022

"Edgar wants nothing more than to live his life out loud. But telling the truth about his sexuality isn't so easy in his traditional Mexican-American family, and his Amá has made it clear she won't accept who he is. Things get even harder when Edgar's macho father returns home after months away, and the house erupts into fighting and simmering tension. Edgar worries what would happen if he told his father the truth about who he is, and feels he'll never fit in anywhere. Then Edgar runs into Alex, a popular football player at school. With Alex, Edgar feels happy and free, believing he might finally pick up all the broken pieces of his heart. But falling in love is more complicated than Edgar can ever imagine--and co...ming out might destroy the only life he's ever known."--Amazon.

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New York : NY : West 44 Books, an imprint of Enslow Publishing 2022.
Main Author
Edd Tello (author)
First edition
Physical Description
183 pages : 20 cm
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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Unable to express himself freely at home, a gay teen, the son of undocumented immigrants, finds solace in his writing. The call comes in: Apá is returning home after not being able to find work due to an injury. Now, the tension between Edgar Jimenez's parents boils over: Little income means that Amá stresses out about food and bills; Apá, in the meantime, finds escape in beer and television--when he's not out of sorts. Edgar pours his thoughts and worries into his poetry as a way to explore his emotions. After all, he has a secret: He's gay. Amá knows, but she encourages Edgar to keep this a secret from his dad. But one night, Edgar runs into his crush, Alex Cisneros, in his apartment complex, and it turns out that Alex has a secret as well, one that he confides in Edgar. As pressure builds at home, Edgar starts to hang out with Alex, who shows interest in him and his writing. The two Mexican American boys slowly bond over their troubles and fears even though Edgar finds it hard to overcome the pressures he feels from his parents. Tello's YA debut is slim yet potent, simmering up until the ending that presents optimistic fragments full of vague possibilities that may both frustrate and delight. The author infuses some lovely imagery and Mexican folklore into this overall pleasing offering. An appealing coming-of-age story that will engage reluctant readers. (Verse novel. 12-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.