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. Volume XVII Number 9. . . .October 29, 2010
This should be the best summer of Alex Straker has ever had. He has only one year left of high school, and he is dating Laura, the most beautiful and kind-hearted person Alex has ever met. He has friends, a good part-time job, and aspirations to leave his rural BC town. But Alex is struggling with his knowledge of a church leader’s infidelity, his brother’s sexuality and his sudden loss of faith. As occurs in many coming-of-age stories, Alex must reconcile his vanishing childhood with the new realities he confronts as he enters fully into adulthood.
Out is an action-driven story, but Diersch does develop a protagonist readers will instantly like. Though a good-looking high school jock, Alex has a sweet nature and is conscientious of others’ feelings. But he is also hot tempered and reacts poorly in sensitive situations. He is not overly cerebral and is often bewildered by the overwhelming emotions he feels. For much of the story Alex maintains a child’s sense of justice and struggles with his increasing disappointment with the adult world. But only through this struggle is there an opportunity for Alex’s self-growth.
Caroline Higgins is a Community Outreach Librarian for Calgary Public Library's Saddletowne branch opening in 2011.
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