Shades of Gay

Young Adult, Romance, Gay & Lesbian

By Stephanie Silberstein

Publisher : Narrow Path Publishing

ABOUT Stephanie Silberstein

Stephanie Silberstein
Stephanie Silberstein has been an advocate for LGBTQ suicide prevention since 2008, when she helped her best friend overcome suicidal impulses related to sexual and gender orientation. In addition to writing fiction and non-fiction for LGBTQ youth, Silberstein regularly films suicide preve More...


 was now or never, and the idea of never hurt too much…

Seventeen-year-old Arthur Jensen has never kissed another boy. The small town he lives in thrives on gossip, and he has enough problems fitting in being Jewish and mainly fatherless.

Then handsome, muscular Mitch moves in next door. For the first time ever, Arthur decides to pursue an actual relationship. At first the boys keep it to themselves, but soon that isn’t enough for Arthur. Mitch is afraid to come out, but Arthur can’t stand to keep their relationship in the closet. When the boys decide to declare their love openly, the whole school turns on them in ways they never expected.

They just wanted to be happy. That was their “sin”

I began Shades of Gay after my best friend nearly killed herself because of her gender and sexual orientations. This book is for the thousands of people like her, including the ones who were not lucky enough to survive. I hope that LGBT youth will feel less alone and alienated after reading this. 10% of book sales go to the Trevor Project, the only LGBT-oriented suicide hotline in the United States.

This is a must read for anyone looking for a realistic story about love, loss, growing up, and confronting our fears and the people who stand in our way. 
- Meghann Hodges, Bella Online Gay/Lesbian Relationships Author

An engaging work of sensitivity, compassion and humanity. 
 - David Watters, LGBT activist and author of Never Blend In