This book, The Truth About Alex, was originally entitled ‘Counterplay’ and has since been made into a film by HBO starring Scott Baio. The story is about an adolescent growing up in a pressured society, with a domineering absentee father and a placating mother. It is about his development, about how he deals with his “best” friend’s gayness and other people’s inability to handle the situation. Counterplay, or The Truth About Alex, tells the story of Alex Prager, a high school student who is inadvertently outed as gay and the difficulty his best friend Brad has in coming to terms with it.
The story is supportive, teenage reading, and it would be pleasant if life treated everyone this way.
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Release Date: February 1987
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
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