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Slant: A Novel

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
James, an Asian boy who likes video games and romantic comedies, realizes he’s gay while attending college in Boston. He begins a whirlwind exploration of the gay world, negotiating its many pitfalls, including the first kiss, his first love and the first drugs. At the same time, he has to manage his insecurities and the constant pressure from his tiger mom. After Stan, a ...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published June 12th 2011 by Tincture
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Jon O
May 13, 2012 Jon O rated it it was amazing
As I was going through the book, there were so many emotions and feelings aroused by the writing that I was determined to write a good review for the book. Now I doubt that I am able to produce a proper review to show my admiration for Timothy Wang's work. This book stands among one of the best books I have picked up for reading.

I am not an American Chinese. Still, Timothy was able to make me feel his feelings of being an Asian and also gay, as in being a second class American citizen in the gay
Slant: A Novel was a wonderful yet painful read and it's a novel that should be required reading not just for the M/M romance crowd, but for the gay community which has never dealt openly and honestly with its own institutionalized/internalized racism (which I have experienced firsthand). It can be rather eye-opening to come across personal ads in which being a member of a racial minority may limit one's dating choices or when a certain bar or club makes it known that members of those groups are ...more
Apr 26, 2013 Don rated it really liked it
Tells the coming out story of a Chinese-American man, along with his struggles with being a minority. He's brutally honest in his feelings on being Asian and having parents from the old country and how he resolves his feelings of alienation, self-loathing, love, lust and ultimate acceptance.
4.5 stars

Slant is Timothy Wang's debut novel. I could say that this is a coming out story because in a way it is, but that would be deceiving and simplistic to say the least. Instead, Wang places the main focus of this novel on racism experienced by Asian men within the gay community. He maintains that focus through excellent writing and by using the strong narrative voice of the main character James, a young man whose initial confusion about sexual identity is compounded by ethnicity.

As the onl
Aug 10, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it
Publisher: Tincture (an imprint of Lethe Press)
Pages: 211

James, an Asian college student, thought coming out of the closet would be his toughest task. What he couldn’t foresee, but experienced head on, was the discrimination inside Boston’s gay community. The road to love is never easy, especially for a geeky Asian inside a sea of white, round-eyed faces.

After months of failures, James catches the guy of his dreams, Stan, but can only hang on to him for a few precious months. Stan is a man who l
Elisa Rolle
Slant is a novel a novel that affirms and denies itself in one word: cute. Everything seems to make it cute, the main character, James, 19 years old, is young, virgin, cute. But James will try everything to deny the cuteness of this incipit, almost becoming a dirty angel, trying to destroy his innocence. He is Chinese-American but he has a complex about his heritage, a complex that unfortunately is not without reason. He goes to MIT, he is clever and pretty, but he is always comparing himself to ...more
Apr 16, 2014 Stevie rated it really liked it
This book was not quite what I expected. From the blurb and the first few chapters, I made the (incorrect) assumption that this was going to be a light romance novel. I was wrong! This novel tackles race, racism (especially in the queer scene), familial issues, safer-sex, drugs and more. I was pleasantly surprised by the novel's depth. Not exactly a heavy-read, but not something light and breezy either. I really enjoyed it.

I must admit, I was not really sold on the main character's love interest
Men D.
Jan 26, 2012 Men D. rated it did not like it
Gay? Asian? Nerdy college in Cambridge? So promising! But in execution so terrible. "He was hot. Would he look at me? I stumbled and dropped my coffee. How embarrassing! But then another hot guy helpd me, so it was okay"-type tweener diary writing. The description of the first time the protagonist has sex with a man is at once overshare and not enough detail to be interesting. It takes extra effort to make sex UNINTERESTING to read about!

I really wanted to like this book more but it ended up bei
Aug 05, 2015 Will rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, quiltbag
Slant is a coming of age/coming out novel about a college student trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs. The main character James goes through a lot of experiences common to any young gay man, or really any young person of any sexuality. He struggles to match what he's learned about sex and love with what he feels. Where this novel really shines is in James' honest thoughts and feelings on race in the gay community and in the world at large.
Sean Howell
Nov 19, 2012 Sean Howell rated it it was amazing
Rarely have I had a coming of age be such a page turner. The hero wrestles with his inner villain; you won't be disappointed by his quest
Timothy Wang
Jul 13, 2011 Timothy Wang added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Because this is my book, I will post links to reviews from other media.

Edge Magazine (A widely distributed gay magazine with many local editions in USA):

8asians: A popular Asian American website.

Impressions of a Reader Blog:

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Apr 16, 2014 Arlene rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Timothy Wang's book, James was a very interesting character and I really wanted the book to be longer.I look forward to his next book.
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