Be Straight with Me

Be Straight with Me

Be Straight with Me  is an unforgettable memoir-in-verse about a love that blurs the boundaries of gender and sexuality—told from the perspective of a young, straight woman who finds herself in a serious relationship with her gay male best friend. With unabashed honesty and piercing emotional clarity, Emily Dalton brings to life this timely, true story about a nonconforming romance and its consequences.

During her sophomore year at Middlebury College, Emily meets Max—“you” as she intimately refers to him in the book. Not exactly a tomboy, but not quite a girly girl either, Emily is intent on finding a masculine boyfriend to assuage a deeply rooted fear that she may not be quite feminine enough. Max—a boisterous class clown beloved by his many straight guy friends—has recently come out as gay and is embracing his newly claimed identity. Initially, Max and Emily dislike each other, but end up growing close after a make-out dare on Halloween. Then one night, Max reveals an unexpected physical attraction that catches them both by surprise. The relationship begins, playfully and in secret, and then spirals into something more. Max and Emily’s journey takes many forms—they experiment with drugs; they travel abroad; they try sleeping with other people (together), and everything in between—all in the name of “this bizarre, beautiful thing” they call love.
 

Title:Be Straight with Me
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524856496
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    Be Straight with Me Reviews

  • Michelle

    “Be Straight With Me” (2020): is a rare and intriguing debut memoir of collected poetic verse, where author Emily E. Dalton explores her alternative relationship with her charismatic gay male best...

  • Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Be Straight With Me by Emily Dalton is a memoir about love. Emily falls in love with her college best friend Max. The memoir is little notes or diary entries to Max referred to as “you.” Max usual...

  • Briar's Reviews

    be Straight with Me by Emily Dalton is a great reflection and memoir to add to your shelves!I love picking up the odd memoir, because people have such cool stories to tell! Emily Dalton is one of thos...

  • Alexander Peterhans

    Unusual memoir-in-verse that tackles a universal predicament - falling in love with the perfect person for you, except they're not perfect for you, oh wait no they ARE perfect, oh wait no they're not ...

  • Filipa Batista

    During this journey, we will have contact with the various experiences she had, still within the discovering herself and others: with the use of drugs, alcohol, and the various relationships she maint...

  • Geoff

    The beats and rhythms of a college "finding oneself through an intense relationship" story are pretty standard, but this one distinguished itself in two ways. First the use of (really good!) poetry to...

  • Jazzy Lemon

    A different kind of love story, told with candour and beauty. ...

  • Susan Gomez

    The storytelling was so compelling and real. It took me back to the growing up I did in college. Emily was so candid and the story unlike any other that I've read. I was so curious about the outcome t...

  • Petra

    I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.When you answer,I choke on air, realizing I've beenholding my breathsince I picked up the phone.There were some awes...

  • Veronica Nieves

    ‘Be Straight with Me’ by Emily Dalton is a memoir that I received an advanced copy of from NetGalley. It is beautifully written in verse and digs into a topic that many can relate to - falling in ...