Release Date: May 31st 2016
Synopsis: From Academy Award-winning writer, actor, and activist in the LGBTQ community comes a groundbreaking story about love, prejudice, and being yourself.
Phoebe’s life in Neptune, New Jersey, is somewhat unremarkable. She helps her mom out with her hair salon, she goes to school, and she envies her perfect older sister. But everything changes when Leonard arrives.
Leonard is an orphan, a cousin who Phoebe never knew she had. When he comes to live with Phoebe’s family, he upsets the delicate balance of their lives. He’s gay and confident about who he is. He inspires the people around him. He sees people not as they are, but as they hope to be.
One day, Leonard goes missing. Phoebe, her family, and her community fight to understand what happened, and to make sense of why someone might want to extinguish the beautiful absolute brightness that was Leonard Pelkey.
This novel by the cofounder of The Trevor Project inspired the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway show The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.
Absolute Brightness is such an important story. It deals with molestation, loss, friendship, bullying, and family. Most importantly, it delivers a message of hope and acceptance.
Leonard is an inspiration to everyone in the town of Neptune. He wasn’t afraid to be who he really was no matter how people treated him. You don’t really get a lot of background information on Leonard, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Lecesne makes you experience Leonard the same way the people of Neptune do. By doing this, he fabricates feelings of remorse, loss, and regret because we readers wish we got to know more about Leonard. This is especially brilliant because we really feel what Leonard’s friends and family felt.
Absolute Brightness is an amazing story and I recommend it to all of you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For over 25 years I’ve been telling stories. Whether I’m writing, acting, producing or trying to create social change, it’s usually the story that got me involved. But in the process of getting things done and trying to make the world a better place, I’ve also been telling the story of my life. This website is my best effort to provide the general gist. But my hope is that you find something here that will inspire you to live your life more fully and continue to tell your story.
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