â€œWhen youâ€™re Gavin and Opalâ€™s gay kid, you always feel like someone is looking at you.â€ Rafe Goldberg is tired of everyone always looking at him. Ever since he came out in the eighth grade, heâ€™s been â€œthat gay kid.â€ Which would be fine, except it seems like thatâ€™s the only thing people know about him. He also happens to like soccer, â€œthe Yeah Yeah Yeahs and taking photographs of nuns on Segways.â€ But all people ever seem to care about is who he wants to date. So Rafe convinces his parents to send him to an all-boys boarding school, where he plans to be â€œopenly straight.â€ Instead of standing out and speaking up, he just wants to lay low and blend in. And it worksâ€¦at first. But then Rafe starts to get close with Ben. Big sweet Ben who likes to talk both sports and philosophy. Rafe thinks he might be in love. But how can he admit that to Ben when he’s worked so hard to convince everyone how hetero he is? This well-executed leopard-changing-spots story realistically explores what it means to refuse labels, and makes you think extra hard about the folks who don’t have a choice when it comes to hiding part of their identity. Plus it has the sweetest love scene (for me, at least) since I read Forever. If you like this one, be sure to follow it up with Pink by Lili Wilkinson.