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Road Home

Rex Ogle

When Rex was outed the summer after he graduated high school, his father gave him a choice: he could stay at home, find a girlfriend, and attend church twice a week, or he could be gay--and leave. Rex left, driving toward the only other gay man he knew and a toxic relationship that would ultimately leave him homeless and desperate on the streets of New Orleans.

Here, Rex tells the story of his coming out and his father's rejection of his identity, navigating abuse and survival on the streets. Road Home is a devastating and incandescent reflection on Rex's hunger--for food, for love, and for a place to call home--completing the trilogy of memoirs that began with the award-winning Free Lunch.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Norton Young Readers
  • Publish Date: May 14th, 2024
  • Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.30in - 5.70in - 1.10in - 0.88lb
  • EAN: 9781324019923
  • Recommended age: 14-18
  • Categories: Social Topics - Poverty & HomelessnessBiography & Autobiography - GeneralFamily - General (see also headings under Social Topics)

About the Author

Ogle, Rex: - Rex Ogle is the author of Free Lunch, which won the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; Abuela, Don't Forget Me, a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; and Punching Bag, a NYPL Best Book of the Year. Rex lives in Los Angeles.

Praise for this book

Ogle's story, relayed in short, fast-paced chapters, is deeply personal and affecting, and readers will be anxious to learn how this period of his life ended. Raw and vulnerable; a necessary look at the realities of homelessness.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Searingly honest.... [A] stunning addition to Ogle's autobiographical work.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Memoirs like this one keep good company with others like Laurie Halse Anderson's Shout, Maia Kobabe's Gender Queer, and George M. Johnson's All Boys Aren't Blue. An emotionally resonant denouement; Ogle gives readers his hardest and most hopeful book yet.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"