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Tough Love: High School Confidential

Abby Denson
Abby Denson

Inspired by shounen-ai and yaoi manga — melodramatic Japanese comics by girls about gay boys — Tough Love is a teen romance and coming-out story about a shy boy named Brian. This story centres on the relationships Brian develops with the boy he likes, Chris, and Julie, the girl who befriends him. Serious issues like gay-bashing, suicide, and coming to terms with one's own sexual identity are depicted with an honest, gentle touch. Socially relevant, fun, immediately accessible, and a bit of a soap opera, Tough Love helps gay teenagers to be more comfortable with themselves and less troubled, especially when they're feeling alone and misunderstood. If you like this you should check out Cavalcade of Boys by Tim Fish and Strangers in Paradise.

Manic D Press, paperback, 96 pages, published September 2006

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What The Author Says:

Abby kindly discusses how she got into comics, the story she wanted to tell in Tough Love and how she has found that it isn't 'just' a story to some readers who have experienced events similar to those in her tale - you can read the full, fascinating text over on the FPI blog.

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