True Letters from a Fictional Life

true letters from a fictional life by kenneth logan
True Letters From A Fictional Life—The debut novel by Kenneth Logan

If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student, and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy.

But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world—letters he never intends to send—he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s his friend, a boy, who lingers in his thoughts.

James’s secret letters are his safe space—but his truth can’t stay hidden for long. Will he come clean to his parents, his teammates, and himself, or is he destined to live a life of fiction?

This heartfelt debut novel explores the muddy landscape of truth and lies and lays bare the sometimes painful but often hopeful work of writing one’s own authentic story.

Published by Harper Collins/Harper Teen June 07, 2016.


“A funny and realistic coming-out tale… The rounded characters deal with betrayal and honesty and love and near tragedy in ways teen readers, gay or straight, will recognize. Just the right touch of humor, mystery, drama, and romance should earn this a place on every teen bookshelf.”
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062380258
  • ISBN-10: 0062380257
  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 336
  • Age Range: Age 14 and up

4 thoughts on “True Letters from a Fictional Life

  1. I wish that there had been a book like this when I was coming out; it literally has life-saving potential. My only complaint about this gentle narrative is the I sleep lost because I couldn’t stop reading. I not only love his characters but feel like I know them from teaching high school.

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