Friday 31 May 2019

Review: Jack of Hearts and Other Parts by LC Rosen

Meet Jack Rothman. He's seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys - sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, 'it could be worse'.

He doesn't actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he's been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack's secret admirer knows everything: where he's hanging out, who he's sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they'll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous... 

Review: I absolutely loved this book right from the word go. I listened to this one on audio and would try and sneak in a listen whenever possible until it was finished. Now a word of warning before I start gushing about how much I loved this book. This book does feature a sex column giving no holds barred sex advice from a gay teen and therefore it is graphic and features a lot of sexually explicit content and a lot of different sexual language so if that isn't your thing or you are buying this for a teen who might not want that in their life right now, take heed. 

Jack is a fabulous character because he is just so outwardly confident happy to discuss anything with anyone. He is confident of what he wants from a relationship right now whether that is a romantic relationship or a friendship. But Jack isn't quite a self-confident on the inside, he has the same kind of doubts as the rest of us but he definitely isn't going to admit that to anyone. 

One of the things I loved most about this book apart from Jack himself was how realistic his high school was. His school and the people in it were totally believable. I could picture the gossip going on in any school just like this one, I could definitely picture the principal being seen to be liberal but actually being incredibly judgemental verging on the homophobic. This whole story is totally believable. 

Another thing that this book does well is deals with the issue of harassment that isn't always physical. It exposes the fact that people are not believed when they report cases of harassment. That that persons sexual history comes into play when the question of how series harassment is arises. The fact that men can be harassed by women or other men just as much as women can receive this kind of harassment from men especially those in positions of power. 

Although this is a young adult novel I found myself completely drawn into the story and worried for our main character there is so much depth and so much going on in the book that I could relate to despite not being a teen myself anymore. I definitely recommend this one as long as you are ready for all the sexual details of Jack's life. I just loved it so much and I hope you will to!

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