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Blackbird Summary Ê 104 ✓ First published by St Martin’s in 1986 Blackbird is a funny moving gay coming of age novel about growing up black and gay in Southern California The lead character Johnnie Ray Rousseau is a high school student upset at losing the lead role in the school staging of Romeo and Juliet; if that weren’t enough his best friend has bFirst published by St Martin’s in 1986 Blackbird is a funny moving gay coming of age novel about growing up black and gay in Southern California The lead character Johnnie Ray Rousseau is a high school student upset at losing the lead role in. I see why this is a classic gay novel For me Johnnie Ray Rousseau is right up there with Raymond Tyler Invisible Life and Mitchell Crawford B Boy Blues in terms of beloved gay black male characters He's smart sensitive and confident in a way that is endearing I want to pick up all of Larry Duplechan's subseuent books that feature Johnnie Ray

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The school staging of Romeo and Juliet; if that weren’t enough his best friend has been beaten badly by his father and his girlfriend is pressuring him to have sex for the first time All the while he’s intrigued by Marshall MacNeill a fellow. Sweet coming of age story of Johnnie Ray Rousseau a gay black teen in the suburbs of Los Angeles in 1974 Johnny knows he's gay but he hasn't come out to his friends or family yet His gayness is important to his identity than his blackness In fact most of his friends are white and he's sexually attracted to blonde boys Johnnie is a singer and there are many musical references throughout the book; the title is from the famous Beatles song from The White Album When Johnnie is turned down for the lead in the high school play he auditions for a JC drama and meets a 24 year old film student Marshall MacNeil Marshall becomes Johnnie's first love The book throws in several unneeded subplots about teen pregnancy suicide multiple personality disorder and parental abuse but Rousseau's endearing narrative voice holds everything together and makes this novel consistently moving and enjoyable Johnnie's fictional life story continues in Duplechan's four other novels the most recent being Got 'Til It's Gone The novel Blackbird was loosely adapted into a movie starring Mo'Niue in 2014

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BlackbirdDrama class member who’s surely the sexiest man to walk God’s green earth at least according to Johnnie Ray This novel of adolescent awakening is as fresh and heartfelt as it was when first published Features an introduction by Michael Nava. Definitely underdeveloped The author has potential though