Gravel Queen by Tea Benduhn – book cover, description, publication history. I look behind me as we walk toward the parking lot, gravel crunching and spraying In this stunning debut novel, Tea Benduhn looks at a teen making decisions. In this contemporary romance, first-time author Benduhn presents the light side of GRAVEL QUEEN. Tea Benduhn, Author, Neal Shusterman, Author.

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The characters do manage to suppress their possessiveness and jealousies and reach a new configuration of their relationships, but the author neglects to reveal other facets of their experiences.

Actual attempts at movie-making occur and bring a visual element to the story as a counterpoint to the events described. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Kenney is usually the one who comes up with things to do — her flair for the dramatic can make even boring old Greensboro seem interesting.

Some of it is a little over the top, in the realm of magical. Fred and Kenney compete for the attention of Grant, whose sexual inclinations remain unclear. Gravel Queen by Tea Benduhn. A delightful, thoughtful novel. Meanwhile, Aurin becomes intimately involved with Neila. The girls fall passionately in love and a tragic coming-out story ensues. Focuses on growing up and things changing as you learn things about yourself and that changes how you sometimes act or relate to your peers.

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Both books are gfavel and layered, and many teens, particularly those with fluid sexual identities, will recognize the questions: Or maybe these are just shallow kids. References to this work on external resources. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Recently added by bookishblondcaptainbooknerdNaglyErikJuunTobi83mchristinea64leonardo7.


Refresh and try again. Peters’ story and characters are more developed. Grade 8 Up-It’s the summer between their junior and senior years of high school for Aurin and her friends Kenney and Fred.

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There was a problem adding your henduhn address. The ending is definitely satisfying. Can Aurin manage to mend things with an increasingly possessive Kenney, without letting her control this aspect of her life? Fred is gay and enjoys the view of the athletic guys as much or more than Kenney, but Aurin is surprised Benduhn, Tea. Joucking Cjround Or Sfammimj into Jrt.

The book was good but at times a bit unclear and not a good ending though.

Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 67 13. Of Gravel Queen, she says: Books by Tea Benduhn. I was depressed when I read this book, so my review may not be the best. Mar 06, Z rated it really liked it. Near the end, there are also some touching moments between Aurin, Kenny her best friendand Fred another close friend that resonate as they realize their relationships will have to change. When I was growing up and discovering my identity, I read a lot about Tea Benduhn lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her two cats.

Benduhn paints a convincing portrait of Aurin, a creative and slightly geeky teenage girl who falls for the enticing new girl in town. The actual characters were underdveloped and predictable, however. This is not quite “Seventeenth Summer” but it does contain similar elements of self-discovery and blossoming sexuality. And if she is a little controlling, Aurin and Fred just look the other way. Trivia About Gravel Queen. The non-hetero characters suffer no more than some friendly teasing, and Neila’s African-American heritage is summarily observed and dismissed.


Cassie rated it liked it Jul 26, Benduhn focus on Aurin’s self-discovery and friendships, closing the novel before Aurin tells her family what’s going on. She eschews heaviness as she pays little attention to possible sources of confrontation. Feb 21, Jenni Frencham rated it liked it Shelves: View Full Version of PW. Homosexuality — Juvenile fiction. Benduhn includes some interesting cinematic references related to Aurin’s filmmaking aspirations, but some of her descriptions are over-the-top.

Fred is gay and enjoys the view of the athletic guys as much or more than Kenney, but Aurin is surprised to find herself noticing newcomer Neila, female. To ask other readers questions about Gravel Queenplease sign up. No eBook available SimonandSchuster.

And if she is a little controlling, Aur “Whatcha’ lookin’ at, Aurin? Aurin has no intention of throwing off their established equilibrium.