Jack of Hearts and other parts – Lev A. C. Rosen
I feel cheated. Why did I miss out on having Jack Rothman as being my sex education teacher? This is exactly the kind of book that we need – one that doesn’t shy away from sex, drugs and alcohol among teenagers. That being said… If you are in anyway offended by the idea teenagers doing the sex, you should put this book down and back away. There is also a stalker story line, which might be triggering for some of you, so take care if that is something that is difficult for you to read about.
My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.
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…
Guys, this was so good to read!
I know I am 30 and therefore should know a thing or two about the sex by now, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t wish I had books like this when I was growing up.
This is the story of Jack, he’s a teenage boy who is out and proud, he has a super supportive and accepting mum, some fabulous friends and is pretty fabulous himself. Seriously, this is a pretty cool set of kids. Jenna and Ben, the two bffs, are just as awesome and strong as characters as our main man. Jenna is the daughter of a high flying journalist, who wants to be an award-winning reporter herself and Ben is a whiz with fashion, creating some amazing outfits, not just for himself but anyone who wants them. Jack knows exactly who he is and what he wants. He likes boys, he likes sex and he likes practicing safe sex as much as possible. Which is why his best friend asks if he’ll write a sex advice article for her website and he does. The advice he gives is exactly the sort of thing I would have wanted to know – seriously, this kid knows his stuff. However, while most of his classmates find his column helpful and waste no time in sending him questions, he gains the attention of someone who likes to leave him threatening messages and this stalker story line is the main arc in the book.
I think the stalker aspect of this book started out well, it was creepy and as the stakes got higher, it got ore and ore addictive as we try to figure out who is doing this to Jack and why. The problem is that the actual reveal fell a bit flat for me and that did kind of take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. That aside though, I did really love the sex positive attitude of the story and the great representation for gay and bisexual teens. The whole idea of gay stereotypes is also examined in this and that was appreciated! The only other thing I will say is that this isn’t everyone’s story – Jack and his friends are very rich, they go to private school and live in luxurious apartments and brown stones in a very expensive part of New York. Like seriously, there are talks of ‘pre drinks’ in this book, which for me as a working class British person is sipping on very cheap, nasty super market booze before going to a party/bar/whatever. In this universe, the kids hang out in an apartment building drinking champagne before hitting the party. Like, how many people actually do that!?
Overall – this is such an enjoyable read – so get on it!