Since The Catcher in the Rye, authors have been hoping to create the next Holden Caulfield and critics have hoped to crown a character with that distinction. The latest temptation for comparison is surely Leave Myself Behind. Bart Yates main character and narrator, Noah York, has Caulfield-style teenage authenticity. Noah s voice is more than just honest or original; it s real This isn t just a novel about a boy dealing with discrimination and fighting for acceptance .We don t see Noah as simply a gay teen or fatherless child. We see him as a character dealing with life. That s what makes Leave Myself Behind so great. The Plain Dealer
"Noah York is seventeen, but don't let his age fool you. Noah's blunt, funny and dead-on narrative will lend this memorable tale of young-but-cynical love a fresh resonance with readers of all ages, gay or straight, male or female. A gripping tale of buried secrets and emerging attractions, but more than that, a story of the familial ties that bind as they grow stronger and pull apart." Brian Malloy, author of The Year of Ice.
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June 30, 2006
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