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Haskell Himself

 

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"A brilliant mix of hope, heart, and humor. This wise and witty portrait of what it means to be different will have you in tears one moment and laughing the next. I wanted to reach through the pages and hug Haskel. You will, too."

- Jill Rubalcaba author of Every Bone Tells a Story

Meet Haskell Hodge.

 

At sixteen he’s already garnered some fame as a former child actor and star of a popular cereal commercial. But that doesn’t do much for him when he’s dumped at his aunt’s house in the suburbs of Los Angeles to face an assortment of neighborhood bullies.

 

He thinks he might be gay. In fact, he could be the only gay person in the valley, maybe on the entire planet. Even if he does manage to find a boyfriend, their relationship would have to be secret and invisible.

 

After all it’s 1966. And though Time Magazine claims the sexual revolution is in full swing, the freedoms straight people are enjoying don’t seem to apply to everyone. And as much as Haskell attempts to hide his true self, carefully navigating the tricky and risky terrain of being queer, he’s still taunted and teased relentlessly.

 

Rather than give in to the irrationality of this hate, Haskell fights back, eventually finding an unlikely outlet to vent his frustration and angst—playing a bully in a screen test for a major motion picture. If he plays his cards right, it could catapult him into Hollywood stardom. 

 

Of course, like most things in life, it comes with a heavy price Haskell’s not certain he’s willing to pay. 

Meet Haskell Hodge.

 

At sixteen he’s already garnered some fame as a former child actor and star of a popular cereal commercial. But that doesn’t do much for him when he’s dumped at his aunt’s house in the suburbs of Los Angeles to face an assortment of neighborhood bullies.

 

He thinks he might be gay. In fact, he could be the only gay person in the valley, maybe on the entire planet. Even if he does manage to find a boyfriend, their relationship would have to be secret and invisible.

 

After all it’s 1966. And though Time Magazine claims the sexual revolution is in full swing, the freedoms straight people are enjoying don’t seem to apply to everyone. And as much as Haskell attempts to hide his true self, carefully navigating the tricky and risky terrain of being queer, he’s still taunted and teased relentlessly.

 

Rather than give in to the irrationality of this hate, Haskell fights back, eventually finding an unlikely outlet to vent his frustration and angst—playing a bully in a screen test for a major motion picture. If he plays his cards right, it could catapult him into Hollywood stardom. 

 

Of course, like most things in life, it comes with a heavy price Haskell’s not certain he’s willing to pay. 

"This  is a lovely work, and I'm full of admiration. The dialogue for the adults, especially the adult women, is spot on. Seigel is also great at capturing teen paranoia and interior angsty monologue."

- Joe B.

 

The Mouth Trap

September 2008

Dr. Seigel has written a smart, direct, witty book that I wish I'd read when I was younger! This book is expertly written, everything is easy to understand and digest and, most importantly, it is full of practical advice that you can use right now. And it's fun to read. What more can you ask?

- R. Freedman

If you have ever had a conversation with a difficult person that you wished you had handled differently, The Mouth Trap will show you how to deliver a message and achieve the outcome you desire every time you speak. You'll learn to:

  • Develop the confidence to repair mistakes, apologize, and create peace.

  • Become adept at responding right the first time.

  • Discover ways to navigate smoothly around difficult people with seemingly irresolvable work issues.