A poignant and moving LGBTQ+ story that explores sexuality and masculinity with a touch of humour, by twice Carnegie Medal-winner and bestselling author Patrick Ness, illustrated throughout in black and white by Danish artist Tea Bendix.
Ant Stevenson has many questions, like when did he stop being a virgin? Are there degrees of virginity? And is it different for boys? Especially for boys who like boys? Ant tries to figure out the answers to his questions as he balances his relationships with three very different boys: Charlie, who is both virulently homophobic and yet close friends with Ant; Jack, whose camp behaviour makes him the target of Charlie's rage; and finally Freddie, who just wants Ant to try out for the rugby team. From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a timely and important story about inclusivity, prejudice and friendship.
An exploration of sexuality and masculinity focusing on a gay teenager. ― 2023 in books: highlights for the year ahead, Guardian
Different For Boys by Patrick Ness explores teen sexuality, friendship, and romance in this frank and humorous LGBTQ+ story about Ant who is finding all his relationships increasing complicated. -- Emma Saunders ― Books of 2023, BBC Entertainment & Arts
Tender and pitch-perfect, from one of the best YA authors around. ― The Bookseller, One to Watch, March 2023 Previews