I Have Something to Tell You — For Young Adults is the young adult adaptation of the moving, hopeful and refreshingly candid memoir about growing up gay in a small Midwestern town.
Growing up, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg didn’t always fit in. He felt different from his father and brothers, who loved to hunt and go camping, and out of place in the rural, conservative small town where he lived. Back then, blending in was more important than feeling seen.
So, when Chasten realized he was gay, he kept that part of himself hidden away for a long, painful time. With incredible bravery, and the support of his loved ones, Chasten eventually came out — and when he did, he learned that being true to himself was the most rewarding journey of all.
Finding acceptance and self-love can seem like a tremendous challenge, but it’s never impossible. With honesty, courage and warmth, Chasten relays his experience of growing up in America and embracing his identity, while inspiring young people across the country to do the same.
Chasten Glezman Buttigieg (he/him/his) grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. He is a teacher, advocate and husband of Secretary of Transportation and former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Chasten currently lives with Pete and their two children, Gus and Penelope, and their two rescue dogs, Buddy and Truman, in Northern Michigan. I Have Something to Tell You — For Young Adults is his second book.
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