An American Library Association Youth Media Award Stonewall Honor Book
Ray Liu knows he should be happy. He lives in a big suburban house with all the latest electronic gadgets, and even finds plenty of time to indulge in his love of gaming. He needs the escape. It’s tough getting grades that will please his army veteran father when speaking English is still a struggle. But when his father accesses Ray’s Internet account and discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites, his belongings are thrown on the front lawn and suddenly he's homeless. Angry and defiant, Ray heads to the city. In short order he is robbed, beaten up, and seduced, and he learns the hard realities of life on the street. Could he really sell himself for sex? Lots of people use their bodies to make money athletes, actors, models, pop singers. If no one gets hurt, why should anyone care?
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Paul Yee is an award-winning writer. He lives in Toronto.
Yee’s sophisticated juxtaposition of immigrant narratives with questions of sexual identity is compelling and poignant.” School Library Journal
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