New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2014
Jamie is a senior on the staff of Gumshoe, the school's literary magazine. He is confident with his sexuality at home where his mom and stepdad applaud him - in fact, his mom can't wait for him to have a boyfriend, and his stepfather wanted to be sure to support Jamie when he came out, so he threw him a party with balloons and "congratulations" - very charming family!
At school, though, it's a different story. He's had a crush on his best friend Mason for a long time and fears losing his friendship if he fesses up to being gay. The girls in the art class have it all figured out, though, and they attempt to work their magic to get Jamie together with his dream boy and best friend. When Jamie makes an independent decision about including a gay-themed comic for the magazine, things start happening - big time!
I might describe this book as a bubble gum romance which utilized fairly realistic teen dialogue and situations. For me, Jamie's thought process on coming out to Mason and the way things finally happened just took FAR TOO LONG and included FAR TOO MANY of the same thoughts repeated ad nauseum. What I liked were the inclusions of the Gumshoe magazine's submissions of poetry and comics, and at times, Jamie was really charming. Will he get his man? You'll have to read Fan Art to find out!
I could see gay teens reading this - and
I think the cover will likely draw more girls than
boys. (Booktalk by NH
Best friends -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Homosexuality -- Fiction.
Coming out (Sexual orientation) -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.