Title Profile & Character Information

So Hard to Say

Annotation
Frederick is the shy new boy, and Xio is the bubbly chica who lends him a pen on the first day of class. They become fast friends -- but when Xio decides she wants to be more than friends, Frederick isn't so sure. He loves hanging out with Xio and her crew, but he doesn't like her that way. Instead he finds himself thinking more and more about Victor, the captain of the soccer team. But does that mean Frederick's gay? He hopes not -- he sees how everyone makes fun of Iggy, a boy all the other kids think is gay. Frederick has to deal with some tough choices: Even though he is curious about Iggy, he's just started fitting in at his new school, and he doesn't want to lose Xio, his best friend.

In So Hard to Say, Alex Sanchez, acclaimed author of the groundbreaking novels Rainbow High and Rainbow Boys, of which School Library Journal said, "It can open eyes and change lives," helps younger readers look at self-discovery, come to terms with being gay, and accept people who are different from them.



Awards
2005  Lambda Literary Awards

Characters
NameXio
GendersFemale
 Female
OccupationsStudent
 Student
TraitsHispanic
Hispanic

NameFrederick
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsStudent
 Student

GenreYoung adult fiction
Multicultural
TopicsHispanics
High school students
Dating
Homosexuality
Friendship
Emotions
Hispanics
High school students
Dating
Homosexuality
Friendship
Emotions
SettingCalifornia
California