The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

Available At: Timberview

Categories : Cursing, LGBTQ+, Sexual, Violence

Description: Two boys are strongly attracted to each other, but as their romance develops it is threatened by the secrets they are hiding–and by the racism and homophobia of those around them

YA Label?: Yes

Notes: This book contains topics on sexual orientation and rape.

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Page: “Is that like rape?” “What the – are you raping girls now?” Dad laughs.

Page: “Half of me doesn’t believe I was raped. Like, I get about consent and all, but I was. … “Can it be rape if you didn’t hate every second of it, while it was happening?”

Page: “As if we’re a bunch of sex-starved pervs just looking for a willing hole.”

Page: “Never mind,” my mom says, and I hear the smirk in her voice. She thinks she’s caught me in the act. “I’ll be right out,” I say, trying to sound more normal and less jerk-off-y.

Page: First I grab his shirt basket. He doesn’t resist. Then I turn from him and lean over.

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