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I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. By John Donovan,

  • Title: I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.
  • Author: John Donovan
  • ISBN: 9780738721347
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • The 40th anniversary edition of a groundbreaking teen classic When the grandmother who raised him dies, Davy Ross, a lonely thirteen year old boy, must move to Manhattan to live with his estranged mother Between alcohol infused lectures about her self sacrifice and awkward visits with his distant father, Davy s only comfort is his beloved dachshund Fred Things start to lThe 40th anniversary edition of a groundbreaking teen classic When the grandmother who raised him dies, Davy Ross, a lonely thirteen year old boy, must move to Manhattan to live with his estranged mother Between alcohol infused lectures about her self sacrifice and awkward visits with his distant father, Davy s only comfort is his beloved dachshund Fred Things start to look up when he and a boy from school become friends But when their relationship takes an unexpected turn, Davy struggles to understand what happened and what it might mean.
    I ll Get There It Better Be Worth the Trip The th anniversary edition of a groundbreaking teen classic When the grandmother who raised him dies Davy Ross a lonely thirteen year old boy must move to Manhattan to live with his estranged mot

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    1. 4 1 2 starsThis is a brilliant young adult novel that manages to be hilarious, cynical, heartwarming, and devastating all at once This book gets a lot of notoriety for being possibly the first novel written for teens to address homosexuality That s very interesting, groundbreaking, spectacular, and all that good stuff, but this book deserves to become a classic for so much than that minor detail Isn t it great that that seems like a minor detail now I don t agree with the afterward written by B [...]

    2. I m left wondering how to classify this one cute, sad, disturbing Whatever it is, it s an interesting read So Davy Ross is a thirteen year old boy who has been raised by his grandmother instead of by one of his divorced parents But when his grandmother passes, Davey and his dog Fred move to New York to live with his alcoholic mother.The story is told from the viewpoint of Davy and as usual with most novels about young teens, he comes across as much older than thirteen The insight shown by his na [...]

    3. Contains Spoilers Dear Mr.Donovan,I ve heard people say that this book is the gay the Catcher in the Rye Now, I love the Catcher in the Rye, so you can see that I had to read this book These people weren t wrong That is, they weren t wrong about the first 150 pages Let me explain.Onto my first complaint,The ClimaxLook, John, you have me wondering if my copy of the book has about fifty pages missing from it That was the weakest climax I ve probably ever read, no kidding And it was the weakest res [...]

    4. I first read I ll Get There, It Better Be Worth The Trip in 1969, shortly after it had been published I discovered it while browsing in the Young Adults section of my local public library it was a recent addition to the library s collection It looked interesting so I checked the booked out from the library, but I had no idea of the full content until I got home and started reading it At the time, I was close in age to the protagonist, Davy I turned 13 in December of 1969 As I read the book I fou [...]

    5. The first Young Adult text that addressed homosexuality Absolutely foundational, but totally censored The sex physical scene occurs between chapters, is referenced obtusely by the two main characters both male teens afterward and never addressed directly Still, the author gets points for trying to make this novel work in a time when publishers tamped down any clear engagement with sexual diversity in YA Nancy Garden s Annie On My Mind was also foundational, and took steps beyond this text, but G [...]

    6. After the Grandmother who raised him dies, 13 year old Davy moves to New York City to live with his mother, who is not accustomed to children, let alone Davy s dachshund Fred In a strange new city, Davy copes with his mother s drinking, learning how to act towards his father s new wife, and attending a private Episcopal school where he meets Altschuler, a distant boy who is at turns friendly and moody.Upon its initial publication in 1969, John Donovan s I ll Get There It Better Be Worth The Trip [...]

    7. DNF And I feel kind of bad about it because it s supposed to be this amazing, moving story that was ahead of its time when it was originally published But I just couldn t take another talk about Davy s dog.I really liked the voice It was simplistic in its telling yet carried with it a depth that could only be held by young words looking for ways around the darkness There s a heaviness to the story that Davy skirts on the edge of, focusing his time on his dog I didn t feel it dated at all, either [...]

    8. I usually rate erotica This is not gay erotica Let s just clear that up first Rather, this timeless novel published in 1969 is a sensitive and compassionate tale of a young boy s developing sexuality and the crush he develops on a school mate When his caring Grandmother passes on, Davy is sent to live with his indifferent mother Luckily, Davy has his faithful friend, his dachshund Fred At school, Davy meets a boy known simply as Altschuler At first the 2 boys are simply buddies, but their curios [...]

    9. I read this for a book club, although I had seen it on a few times and was tempted to check it out mostly because I liked the cover It s a coming of age story that is mostly remembered today for being the first YA novel that dealt with homosexuality That said, there s barely anything gay about it, and the love interest is pretty subtle, with only two brief kisses in the entire thing I guess they didn t want to push too many boundaries in 1969 I can t say I recommend this, although it wasn t bad, [...]

    10. What s not to love about a teen book from 1969 a 13 year old boy struggles with questions of his sexuality John Donovan began the YA LGBTQ genre with one simple book Simple but historic and still holds up today even with the dated responses of some of the characters Revolutionary for 1969 So happy I read this one Fred the Dachshund rules Thanks Nicole.

    11. Even as a teenager, I don t think I ever found a YA book to be so familiar and easy to read I honestly had a difficult time putting this down when I had to because I just wanted to know what happened next This is not just a great keystone of gay literature history, but of YA history and I can t believe I never heard of this book before now

    12. What a strange, fascinating book this is.I picked it up because it has a pedigree I ll Get There It Better Be Worth the Trip is the first young adult novel to feature lgbtq content in any meaningful sense, reviewed in the New York Times less than two months before the Stonewall riots I stuck with it because I ve discovered this year that I absolutely love young adult fiction of the late 60s and 70s, and Donovan s novel is no exception And thinking about it now, I just keep coming back to how unc [...]

    13. I decided to read this book after the excellent Martin Wilson What They Always Tell Us recommended this on his website as the first YA novel that deals with the issue of homosexuality Indeed, the 40th anniversary edition which I own even contains an essay by Wilson among other authors on his relationship to the novel, which was a huge extra for me.First of all, I ll Get There It Better Be Worth The Trip just has the best title ever and that fact alone would make me want to read the book That, co [...]

    14. Apparently this book was the first queer YA novel, so that s why I picked it up I guess I m spoiled because I m used to queer books being a bit how do I say it blatant about being queer This on barely even described anything queer happening, but I guess that it paved the way for writers nowadays being able to write about boys kissing boys and girls kissing girls It did remind me a bit of The Well of Loneliness in that the characters seemed to hate themselves a bit for their feelings, which was [...]

    15. I read this when it was first published in 1971 and rereading it forty years later reminds me why I remembered liking it The voice of Davy and his love for his dog Fred are memorable and true to life While I have never been a dog person I can still appreciate the importance of Fred to Davy as an anchor during the tremendous changes that are taking place in his life In some respects it is amazing that he is able to survive the events in his life beginning with the death of his grandmother and con [...]

    16. bitter sweet and of course quite coy about the actual gayness, while at the same time being surprisingly frank about it, considering.Martin Wilson s commentary is spot on, too, imo.

    17. Okay look I know this was written in the 1969 and everything but wow that was an incredibly upsetting and disappointing ending I feel real fuckin unfulfilled and angry.

    18. I only recently even heard about this book, and a strange one it is purportedly the first novel FOR teens about gay teenagers, it came out in 1969, and therefore is NOT quite the raging gay manifesto some who have given it low ratings wanted but you have to remember BACK to what the world was like in 1969 In some respects, the book does help you do that, but one of the astonishing things about it is how much it HASN T dated itself Much of it does sound contemporary, which I guess only means the [...]

    19. I thoroughly enjoyed this book I always get worried when reading books that are the first to do anything, but this was a well written and heartfelt book about two boys figuring out life and their sexuality It was a bit too subtle nuanced bc 1969, but I appreciate how big of a deal this book is, and I m happy to have read it also screaming at the person who said this is the gay Catcher in the Rye bc I thought Davy sounded like Holden too, but is a sympathetic character lol

    20. spoiler alertRight from the first page, I fell in love with Davy He is a 13 year old boy who is smart, cynical and mature beyond his age When the book starts, he has just lost his grandmother who cared for him after his parents divorce He moves in with his estranged mother in New York She is tempestuous and somewhat unstable, clearly not fit to raise a young boy And there is the father who seems a bit better but still very randomly relevant, I think Well except the last episode with his son wher [...]

    21. The first thing I had to consider when I started reading this book and several times while reading was the time period when it was written It was a completely different world thenHomosexuality wasn t even covered in adult literature to any degree much less in the young adult genre And while MTV certainly has ushered our youth into a world where sex and promiscuity is the norm in real life as well as in literature I don t feel that we have come all that far where gay and lesbian issue s are conce [...]

    22. From one who read it as a kid I ll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip seems to be one of those YA novels whose readership has always been almost exclusively adult I m an exception, having read it in 1977 at age 14 I was intrigued by an ad I d seen with an unabashed plot summary The ad was in the back of a book assigned by my English class, Point of Departure edited by Robert S Gold A nice short story anthology in its own right Fascinated that there was a novel for kids that actually dealt wi [...]

    23. I have mixed feelings for I ll Get There, It Better Be Worth The Trip because upon finishing this book, I was delighted but while reading, especially the first half, I was bored But this is definitely a masterful title and something that will resonate with intelligent readers long after it s finished.The writing style is very blunt and staccatoed, it s not an entirely unpleasant to read Though, it felt so foreign to the types of books I generally read It reads like a child has written it which i [...]

    24. This book had been sitting on my shelf for at least a year before I decided to pick it up I knew next to nothing about it, other than it was apparently gay themed and published in 1969 Sometimes it takes me awhile to work up to reading classic older novelsybe it s because I need to get used to the language and the timeframe, I don t know Maybe it s because I read a lot of modern contemporary novels, so when I start something that isn t in that genre, it can be slightly jarring at first That bein [...]

    25. For of my reviews check out mibookreviews.wordpress This book was not as graphic as the books I have grown accustomed to reading like books by Alex Sanchez or even Brent Hartinger The book was a very slow read, but for once that did not seem to be a weakness The book was slow paced, but it did not seem to drag Instead the slow pacing added to the realness of the novel I am very impressed with what happened in the book and saw myself identifying with the main character a great deal It was a grea [...]

    26. I ll Get There It Better Be Worth the Trip by John DonovanFinal Verdict 4.0 out of 4.0YTD 5Plot Story 4 Plot Story is interesting believable and impactful What is hardest to believe about I ll Get There It Better be Worth the Trip by John Donovan is that the book takes place in the 1960s and was written then, too I mean, honestly, where was this book all my life As a teenager, I read a few gay themed novels, like Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley which I adore , but this book is the starting point for r [...]

    27. I finished reading this book last week, but wanted to take the time to digest what I d read I m still not sure how to respond to the book Having read the three follow up essays in the novel, I have a better understanding of the time period, the groundbreaking place this book earned, and the seeming timelessness of the book and the story.Written in the late 1960s and published just months before the infamous Stonewall Riots, I ll Get There It Better Be Worth The Trip was a quiet force for change [...]

    28. I feel a little presumptuous rating John Donovan s ground breaking classic, the first novel for teens that openly addresses homosexuality It s hard to really like a book that so accurately portrays the stifling social constraints and loneliness of the 1960s Yet, it s a masterfully written work that opened doors for both the legions of questioning teens at the time, and the authors who would come to revolutionize the genre of lgbt teen fiction in years to come While modern teens might find the st [...]

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