My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: October 30th, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary, High School, Relationships, Sex, Mystery
Jack has a lot of sex–and he’s not ashamed of it. While he’s sometimes ostracized, and gossip constantly rages about his sex life, Jack always believes that “it could be worse.” But then, the worse unexpectedly strikes: When Jack starts writing a teen sex advice column for an online site, he begins to receive creepy and threatening love letters that attempt to force Jack to curb his sexuality and personality. Now it’s up to Jack an his best friends to uncover the stalker–before their love becomes dangerous.
Before we get into this negative review, let me acknowledge how awesome the cover is. Yes! I love it! A cover such as this one would not have been approved 20 years ago – and a book such as this one not published 10 years ago. Incredible.
I also very much appreciated Jack’s transparency. He is bold and straight-forward. He doesn’t hold back on us. He tells us a lot and knows not what ‘‘too much information’’ means. I mean, hearing him discuss how the first time he had sex, the person penetrating him got some of his shit on his member was like WOW.
If that’s too much for you, stay far away from this book because you’re probably not ready for Jack and Jack should be welcomed with open arms. I should have stayed away. Because although I so appreciate reading a book with an LGBTQIA+ character who is not in the closet, Jack’s constant high-pitched voice annoyed me.
Well, alright, I didn’t exactly ‘‘hear’’ him talk, in a literal way, but you just KNOW when a voice is calm, angered or high-pitched after reading a couple of novels in your life and especially if you’re the type who can actually hear people’s voice tones. To me, Jack felt like he was always on edge – and of course he has the right to be, what with all the creepy letters – but I couldn’t stand it.
I also didn’t particularly like the story or the secondary characters. Really, this is a book that anyone could finish in an afternoon – it’s that fast and easy to read if you’re interested – but it’s not a book that you will think about long after finishing it, unless you’re thinking about all the things mentioned that you kind of wished you hadn’t known to begin with. How is knowing some guys get shit on their penises or condoms while fucking other guys going to help me in my life ahahahah??
So I have no idea who to recommend this to, but if all that I just mentioned captured your interest, go for it, yo! (I know, this was a weird review, but this is a hella weird book so it matches ha!)
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