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Just a Boy

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"Gay people don't finish last ... they win!"

High school wrestler Jove Tyler might look like an average guy but he's "different." Instead of falling for Beth Stein, his caring and compassionate "girlfriend" at Templeton High, Jove develops a secret crush on his cute classmate Jason Carnivelli, who lives next door—and is happy to stay in the closet. Just A Boy looks back at

Paperback, 214 pages
Published April 30th 2007 by Haworth Press
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Coming out stories are hardly new, yet because it is such a unique, individual experience for each of us, gay young adult novels are understandably dominated by this story formula. Although I am not an avid reader of young adult literature, I praise these authors for letting the youth of today know that they are not alone.

Author R. W. Clinger, whose novel Just a Boy is the story of seventeen-year-old Jove's struggle with being "different," perhaps attempts to say or accomplish too much about the...more
Robert Joseph
I couldn't help but feel smug in saying to myself that I wrote a better book. The main problem is that he doesn't speak in "teen words" for the time period this story is set in. He speaks in a langugage from probably when he (the author) was a teen. Even the nicknames he picked were archaic.

My one common complaint about some gay writers is that they are overly descriptive on "muscles" and "physiques." Bob Clinger is an author who makes that mistake, too.

I thought it odd how the Jove (the main c...more
Another book that I can't bring myself to finish. Stopped at page 75.

Some of the things that made me stop reading:

The character names. They are so unrealistic that they take me out of the story. Trey Better? Richard Find?

I don't think Jove has run into anyone who is not gay (okay, maybe the drug pushers, but that scene lasted less than a page).

First person point of view is soooo not working here. It isn't adding any insight into the character, except to make me start to hate him.

The copyright in...more
"Regrets, I've had a few. But then again, too few to mention.: This might well be Joves song.

A young high-school wrestler living in Pennsylvanie has a girlfrend, a neighbor boy that he's always been sweet on and a senior year ahead of him.

He makes some mistakes along the way, has some misadventures, but unlike real life you just know that somehow everyone is gonna end up OK. (at least in his close circle of friends)

Really a sweet story and a nice change from some of the more tragedy laden fare...more
Seventeen year old Jove is attracted to some of his male friends, particularly to Jason who lives next door, as well as to a neighbor's gardener he's been spying on, He's relieved that the girlfriend he doesn't really care about is going away for the summer. Through a series of typical ups and downs over the next few months, Jove comes out, and finally finds himself with the boyfriend he's wanted all along. Unfortunately the writing is stilted, and the chapters, at approximately three pages each...more
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