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Vintatge: A Ghost Story

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  • Vintatge: A Ghost Story
  • Author: Steve Berman
  • Publisher: Haworth Positronic Press
  • Year: 2007
  • Country: US
  • 164 pages

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A lonely gay teen bides his time with trips to strangers' funerals and Ouija board sessions, desperately searching for someone to love - and a reason to live following a suicide attempt. Walking an empty stretch of highway on an autumn night, he meets a strange and beautiful boy who looks like he stepped out of a dream. But the vision becomes into a nightmare when the boy turns out to be the local urban legend, the ghost of a star athlete killed in 1957.

Qvamp says:

This is a great story showing a gay teen's coming-out process. The characters were engaging and well thought, and the plot, though short, was unique and enjoyable. The story also showed the changes in coming out now and in the 50s, and showing the challenges in both eras.

Like most ghost stories this book focused more on romance, but some horror content was also introduced, as our young protagonist had to deal with both the good and bad sides of being able to communicate with the dead.

Note: 1/5 of the royalties from Vintage will be donated to charities helping gay teens: 10% will be donated to the GSA Network, which assists Gay-Straight Student Alliances in high schools; another 10% donated to the Trevor Project, which works to prevent suicide among gay youth.

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