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Act Well Your Part cover
Author/Editor: 
Don Sakers
Classic gay teenage romance
Pages: 
189
Genre(s): 
Romance
Genre(s): 
LGBT Interest
Series: 
Keith and Frank
Series Order: 
1
Reading order: 
1
An unabashed love story set not in the world that was, but in the world as it should be.
One-Paragraph Description: 

At first Keith Graff dislikes his new school, Oak Grove High. He misses his old friends, and despairs of ever fitting in. Then he joins the school's drama club, where he meets the boyishly cute Bran Davenport.

Long Description: 

At first Keith Graff dislikes his new school, Oak Grove High. He misses his old friends, and despairs of ever fitting in. Then he joins the school's drama club, where he meets the boyishly cute Bran Davenport.


Since its original publication in 1986, Act Well Your Part has become a classic, an unabashed love story set not in the world that was, but in the world as, perhaps, it should be. Speed-of-C Productions is proud to bring this timeless tale back into print for its adult fans as well as a new generation of teens.

Breeders have their silly adolescent love stories and we are entitled to ours, too, and these teenaged thespians fill the bill quite nicely.

-Jesse Monteagudo, Book Nook

This is one of the few gay love stories for young people that does not mention the paranoia of being found out.

-School Library Journal

Review: 

This is an average, unrealistic teenage romance, except for two explicit bedroom scenes, and for the fact that the are both boys. The main character exhibits the standard feelings of innocent first love...The book ends with a Winter Dance, where the boys dare to dance close; however, as they ahve been kissing in the cafeteria at noon every day, their classmates are hardly surprised. There is absolutely no adult interference in the course of true love; their parents all but tuck them into bed together. This is one of the few gay love stories for young people that does not mention the paranoia of being found out. The 16-year-old's mother is understanding and not even slightly upset when her son tells her that he's in love with a senior boy. Their classmates seem bothered only that one of the most popular seniors is no longer available to the girls who worship him. This is so much like a "Sweet Dreams" romance that it is startling to read passionate sex scenes near the end...this might be the groundbreaker for public library YA racks. High schools might have a harder time with it only because of two very graphic sentences describing tender lovemaking.

-School Library Journal

Act Well Your Part... falls comfortably in-line with a special emphasis Alyson Publications is placing on "fighting isolation among gay teens." the book places, in story form, every gay man's fantasy of what life as a teenager should be.

A love story, the novel follows the junior year of Keith Graff, a young man who moves to a new school with his divorced mother and attempts to fit into his new world.

That world centers on the school's drama club and a group of Thespians headed only by strikingly handsome Bran Davenport and Keith's efforts to find out if Bran is interested in something more than a friendship.

Act Well Your Part is not intended to be a thinking man's novel -- it is only written as a form of escape for young gay men hoping for a better world. In that context, it is a good addition to its genre and will undoubtedly give comfort and solace to many of its intended readers.

While perhaps a little idealistic at times in showing high school acceptance of gay youth, it is a pleasant novel and a definite possibility for that young gay man on this year's Christmas list.

-R.H. Williams, Outlook

Excerpt: 

Be honest, fella, he said to himself as he looked out the window at the cloudy October sky. Bran Davenport probably doesn't even like boys, at least not in the way you're thinking of. And if he did, which was a pretty big if, even if he did he probably wouldn't give you a second look. He's a senior, member of the Thespians, star of last year's play, and aide to the drama teacher. You're a newcomer, lower than a freshman....

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