Different for Boys (Hardback)
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Different for Boys (Hardback)

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Hardback 104 Pages
Published: 02/03/2023
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Ideal reading for all fans of Heartstopper and Casey McQuiston, this witty, relatable and sensitively handled LGBTQ+ novel from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy finds likeable Ant navigating his radically different relationships with a trio of boys.

A poignant and moving LGBTQ+ story that explores sexuality and masculinity with a touch of humour, by twice Carnegie Medal-winner and bestselling author Patrick Ness.

Ant Stevenson has many questions, like when did he stop being a virgin? Are there degrees of virginity? And is it different for boys? Especially for boys who like boys? Ant tries to figure out the answers to his questions as he balances his relationships with three very different boys: Charlie, who is both virulently homophobic and yet close friends with Ant; Jack, whose camp behaviour makes him the target of Charlie's rage; and finally Freddie, who just wants Ant to try out for the rugby team. From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a timely and important story about inclusivity, prejudice and friendship.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781529509496
Number of pages: 104
Dimensions: 208 x 162 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Different For Boys by Patrick Ness explores teen sexuality, friendship, and romance in this frank and humorous LGBTQ+ story about Ant who is finding all his relationships increasing complicated. - Emma Saunders, Books of 2023, BBC Entertainment & Arts

Hormones crackle in this coming-out story… Broken rules and pushed boundaries abound in this punchy postmodern satire… Not content with merely writing a moving coming-out story, he has also constructed a postmodern satire of the limitations of the young adult novel…The hormones are crackling and the dynamics within the group twist and turn as they explore their sexuality. The denouement, while not unexpected, is written with freshness and feeling. Ness is perceptive, plots beautifully and writes like a dream. - Alex O'Connell, Times

Featuring black “redactions ” of bad language and Bendix’s elegant, minimalist illustrations, this slim, powerful 14+ story of friendship, attraction and internalised homophobia follows Ant Stevenson and his complex relationships with three boys at school. A quietly unforgettable book from an award winning author. - Imogen Russell-Williams, Guardian

an exploration of sexuality and masculinity focusing on a gay teenager. - The Guardian

featured in a list of the Best YA of 2023 for the Irish Times - Irish Times

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“Style and substance - thoroughly recommended read”

From the author of the wonderful A Monster Calls, comes Different for Boys, a tale of teenage boys navigating their way through friendships, raging hormones, and identity.
The unique style had me intrigued from the... More

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“Grounded realism looks good on Ness”

After what feels like more than just a three year wait, Patrick Ness is back. Different for Boys is more grounded than most of Ness's oeuvre to date, going hard for a grittier realism. This is a compact and... More

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“An essential short illustrated story”

Reading Patrick Ness again is like being reunited with a favourite friend after being apart for too long. You just sit, grinning, eyes half-closed in sheer bliss as familiarity and ease surround you. I have been a fan... More

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