While Xio is kissing Frederick in the closet, he pictures that Victor (one of his soccer buddies) is kissing him instead.This image comes out of nowhere and freaks Frederick out, but it ultimately shows him his true feelings.Spanish words are interlaced throughout the entire novel, such as buenas noches, seis, regla, and marvilosa. Frederick makes remarks about the Spanglish most of the guys use during soccer.
"In chapters that alternate between Frederick, a new eighth-grader, and Mara Xiomara Iris Jurez Hidalgo, this insightful novel by the author of Rainbow Boys explores the ambiguities of budding sexuality," according to PW. She and her friends adopt Frederick--mostly because Xio thinks he's really cute.
Frederick, despite his asthma, starts playing soccer with the Hispanic boys, the counterparts of Xio and her girlfriends.
Girls, bullying, off hand comments, fantasies about boys, and new friends, especially another boy who may be gay, all play into his epiphany about his sexuality.
This internal struggle is something that GLBT readers can relate to.
While he only nods to his best guy friend (whom he hasn’t seen in months) when visiting Wisconsin, Victor puts his arm around Frederick’s shoulders one of the first times they meet.
Other Hispanic cultural markers make their way into the novel as well, particularly food and language. Related Websites: GLBT National Help org/on GLBT- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Triangle Services Other books that have GLBT characters: Dole, Mayra Lazara. Chat Roulette & Video Chat Free American Chat Roulette is a chat with webcam with people from America !While this is a hint to Frederick’s sexuality, it is also a marker of the Hispanic culture. While author Alex Sanchez writes about gay male characters, he also includes his Hispanic heritage in his books. ISBN 9780374400118Other books by Alex Sanchez: THE GOD BOX. Some GBLT people do not come to the realization until they are older, while some go through it in high school, and some when they are even younger than that. However, when people ask him if he is gay, he turns offensive and mad.