Straight By Seth King Review!

Straight

 

Straight (2016) by Seth King is an amazing, amazing read. It is the first book in the author’s Straight series.

 

The plot follows the love story of Henry Morgan and Ty Stanton. The pair meet on a bus and are instantly attracted to each other. But this is super confusing for Henry as up until this point, he had thought he couldn’t get attracted to another man. Though confused, he decides to go for it and see where his feelings for Ty will take him.

The chemistry between Henry and Ty is amazing first of all. Their conversations flow. The dialogue is very everyday, natural and modern. They seem to care about each other a lot and that really drives the plot forward very well because you care what will happen to them and you want them to end up together. I love both of them though I do probably like Ty more. In fairness, I think if Ty wasn’t fictional I would probably be in love with him! He is very socially aware and not afraid to say what he thinks and I absolutely loved that. I very much liked that a character like that was celebrated for a change as opposed to the negative perspective which is often attributed to characters who have Ty’s personality. I love Henry because Henry understands that there is nothing wrong with someone being like that and his ego is not so fragile that he tries to control and change him. The two male leads also have good humour in their dialogue too.

This book speaks about a lot of very important issues like prejudice/ignorance against LGBTQAI+ people, people of color and women. Labels is a huge topic in the book too and I love how it was written that Henry’s labels for his sexuality and romantic orientation were not a big deal, that he had feelings for Ty and he had feelings for other people in the past were what really mattered because at the end of the day that is what matters in my eyes. I also was really happy to see a non-binary character in this book in Miss Famous because there is not a lot of non-binary people in fiction a lot.

I thought Henry’s journey trying to find who he was was written very authentically. I experienced a similar figuring out who I was myself in my twenties and while my story was different in quite a few ways like everyone’s is, there was an awful lot of things I could identify with here. I think it was very important to show that Henry was confused, not horrified, because while some people are horrified and that’s their journey there is a lot of people who are just confused that they have these feelings they never had before or weren’t aware they had before and that confusion is often mistaken for being horrified and not wanting to have the feelings so that was really great to see in the book.

The book speaks about the horrific attack in Pulse Nightclub and how violence like that can make people scared to be themselves openly for the safety of those they love and their own safety. I thought it was a very beautiful tribute at the end of the book to the people who lost their lives on that tragic night in 2016.

A very engrossing read from start to finish. Excellent writing. A must-read.

 

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Why Shouldn’t There Be A Straight Pride Pin?

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I missed this story and I was reading it recently. It’s the story of the Straight Pride Pin sold by 1000 Flags and which was taken down from Amazon and the company’s website back in April of this year.

 

If I’m being honest I don’t know what the problem with it was. While I am the first person who will say a Straight or/and Cis Pride Festival would be a daft idea I genuinely do not see what the problem would be with a Straight Pride pin or flag or a Cis Pride pin or flag or a combination of both. The reason for LGBTQ+ Pride in it’s history was because of the oppression LGBTQ+ people faced. That’s the origins of it and straight cis people have never faced oppression and that’s why I think the festival and parade would be a stupid idea. However I think of pins, badges, flags and the like as something personal to a person because they are proud of who they are and I don’t think that pride of feeling is only reserved for people who have faced oppression. I’m proud of being pansexual but I’m not against any other sexuality. I’m proud of being cisgender but I have nothing against transgender people. I’m proud of being white but I have nothing against people of colour. I’m proud of being working-class but I have nothing against people of any other class. I’m proud of being female but I have nothing against any other gender. I guess in short what I’m trying to say is that everybody should be able to feel pride about all the various parts that make them them while respecting the various parts that make up somebody else. And to stop somebody from buying a Straight Pride pin is to stop a straight person from expressing pride about who they are which I believe they should be able to feel and express as much as anyone of any other sexuality.

 

Being pansexual I felt guilt when I read about it. What people forget is that to a straight person their sexuality is as personal and important to them as to anyone else and the prejudice I read in this case towards straight people was horrible. If a straight person wanted to buy a Straight Pride pin, I say let them buy the bloody pin in peace. All the things about it being Anti-LGBTQ+ was ridiculous. It has actually has nothing to do with LGBTQ+ people or issues and no one is being hurt by a straight person buying a Straight Pride pin. I personally believe everyone of every sexuality, everyone whether they are trans or cis, everyone of every gender, race, religion, lack of religion, nationality, class, etc … should be encouraged to be proud of who they are and express that in whatever way they want to and should be encouraged to speak about what it means to them. Whether we are in a majority group or a minority group in any situation it is an important part of who we are and to laugh about or be bored by someone expressing and talking about what it means to them is insulting.

 

Let’s not divide from each other. Let’s all express what we want to express in whatever way we want to and let’s respect each other as complete equals in every way.