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You Belong With Me

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  414 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Wesley Harris is sixteen and openly gay, at least to his family and friends. Often bullied at school, he's shy and reserved. Wesley has a penchant for designing T-shirts, and he's a gifted artist. When Brad Johnson, one of the school's most admired jocks, moves in next door, the two boys begin to develop a friendship. It begins when they see each other through their bedroo ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published February 15th 2013 by Harmony Ink
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Well I enjoyed that so much I could read it all over again!
I must admit Ive always loved these sort of teen stories were the jock falls for the more geeky student because I love to see the underdog get his day and his man and of course the proverbial bullies get the punishment they deserve, and the humiliation that they put their victims through! This super enjoyable YA story didn't disappoint at all. I suppose you could argue that its just another version of a trope that's been done many times
Feb 18, 2013 Camille rated it it was ok
Sugary, stiff prose and dialogue, too neatly unrealistic, didactic.

Aside from all this, a sweet, mildly enjoyable and engaging, easy little read.
Mar 10, 2013 Xavier rated it it was ok
ok so I wanted to give this book a better rating cos 65% of it was ok even if it was so predictable but then devoled into some literal born this way bull quoting lady gagas song and even a cameo from her. the author totally destroyed the mood of the book with that bullshit and it was just so corny and ugh I wished I didn't read all of that like I don't know, man. it was cute and all that for a while but the drama was so tuck unnecessary like I want a cute gay book where no one is getting their r ...more
Edina Rose
3 stars

This is a light and unbelievable read, but it's an effeminate nerd vs masculine jock and I like how unapologetic Jeff Erno makes the effeminate gay guy. The story is sweet and enjoyable... if you can suspend your disbelief.

If you want a better and longer version of jock-effeminate nerd, I suggest Trust Me. It's the best book written by Erno and it's solid stuff.
Mar 21, 2013 Cindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2013, ya-lgbt, on-ya-blog
A nerd falls for a popular jock who is not out of the closet. Throw in the popular cheerleader girlfriend, the bullying by another jock, a story modeled after a popular Taylor Swift video (including the title) and you have a fairly predictable teenage story.

Full review can be found at Greedy Bug Book Reviews.
Jul 10, 2013 Justin rated it it was amazing
Love Jeff Erno's books and this of course was no exception. Sweet, funny and enteratining. Highly recommend!
Major English (Laura)
4.5 Stars

Very cute story about two high school juniors, Brad and Wes, who become neighbors and then develop romantic feelings for each other. It was written in 1st person POV and was very well done and well written. I think it's a very good example of how 1st person POV can really work for a story.

But what I didn't like about this story was that the whole entire thing took place in the span of about a month... I really wish the characters' relationship had progressed over a much longer time, bec
You Belong with Me is the story of two high school students that live next door to each other. Wesley Harris is artistic and nerdy. His neighbor is Brad Johnson, the popular baseball jock. This story is told in first person through the eyes of Wesley.

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T.M. Smith
Feb 11, 2013 T.M. Smith rated it it was amazing
Wesley Harris is a shy, artistic gay teen who is lucky enough to have a close knit group of supportive family and friends. Unfortunately he’s bulled at school by a group of jocks. So when the poster boy jock, Brad Johnson, moves in next door and he and Wes strike up a fast friendship; Wes’s family and friends are more than a little skeptical.

Brad Johnson is the star baseball player for the school team, all American straight jock. He really is a nice kid though, unlike his teammates. His bedroom
BWT (Belen)
Sep 20, 2014 BWT (Belen) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-fiction
I love a good high school love story, especially when it involves a big jock and a little geek/nerd. This story certainly had all the elements that I usually go Gaga for (a little inside joke there), but there was just something missing for me.
Apr 11, 2013 Ayanna marked it as maybe-later  ·  review of another edition

And not in a good way.
Feb 15, 2013 Dallison rated it it was amazing
This author just satisfies all my buttons. Excellent work. LOVED IT!
The book was cute. It was a bit predictable and fluffy. I did not really connect with either MC.
Mar 08, 2013 A rated it really liked it
Review Originally Published here:

I kind of have to look at You Belong With Me like it’s an over-the-top teen movie. It is a YA novel, published by Harmony Ink, the YA division of Dreamspinner Press. I would, without reservation, recommend it to young adult readers. I enjoyed it as an adult as well. However, it has moments you can only picture as a scene from a movie, moments that that make you groan on the inside while you smile a big goofy grin. If you c
D. River
Mar 15, 2013 D. River rated it liked it
"You Belong With Me" is a prime example of how a cute, sweet story can overcome the handicap of bad writing. Even with the fact that this story can only be described as YouTube fanfiction, I still enjoyed it.

What worked: I liked the main character Wes, and I enjoyed the interplay between him and his mother. The scene where his mom first meets Brad is one of the funniest scenes I've ever read. The romance between the jock and the fey boy was really endearing—not original, but still endearing.

Garth Mailman
The story of a high school infatuation. What’s different here is the fact that it’s between two teenage boys. One has parents who are supportive; the other divorced parents with a homophobic father.

Just as gay marriage has been a bonanza for divorce lawyers gay relationships seem to have as many ups and downs, tiffs and misunderstandings as their hetero counterparts.

The storyline confronts bullying but unfortunately the handling is rather contrived and reads more like a promotional campaign tha
Jamie Deacon
Apr 09, 2013 Jamie Deacon rated it liked it
It has to be said, I do love nerd/jock romances. Maybe this has to do with the fact that, being somewhat of a bookish type myself, the idea of the geek landing the hot guy really appeals to me. Or perhaps it’s simply that there’s something incredibly touching about two individuals, considered to be at opposite ends of the social spectrum, disregarding expectations to be together. Whatever the reason, it’s a formula that presses all my buttons, and this latest novel by Jeff Erno is no exception.

Thoughts of a Book Addict
Wesley and Brad are each other's opposite and wouldn't have gotten to know each other if Brad hadn't moved in to the identical house next door. They start communicating through their notepads that they are showing from their windows and they get to know each other better.

When I started to read this book I realized that I recognized the plot from the music video by Taylor Swift with the same title as the book. I felt like it wasn't as original as I would have wanted it to be. I found
May 01, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it
What you have here is a story of love between a mousey nerd type and a sensitive jock type. A tale as old as time right? Not exactly. While high school me would have traded my soul for something like this to happen, I see it happen more in books than it ever happening in real life. But I digress.

Wesley is your typical scrawny (his word not mine) nerdy gay 16 year old. He's perfectly fine with being himself as long as it flew under the radar of anyone looking to take out their aggression on him
Jan 01, 2014 Alexandra rated it liked it
I did like this book but it had so many corny/far fetched aspects it was really hard to take seriously. It involved hot athlete Brad ( and closeted gay man) and self proclaimed "dork" (very openly gay) Wesley. Brad's parents are in the midst of a divorce and he happens to move into a home practically attached to Wesley's house. In fact,their windows are so close they start writing notes to each other to read through each others windows. Some parts with the bullying of Wesley being gay were sadly ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Mar 16, 2013 Jennifer Lavoie rated it it was amazing
Ahh, how I loved this book. As a former teenage nerd myself (who is now an adult nerd), it's nice to see the nerdy, quiet kids get the popular jocks.

I think what I loved most about this book is how unashamedly gay Wesley is. He's effeminate and he says it himself. I loved that about him. So many gay teen books now focus on kids who could probably pass for straight. Wesley will not deny that he loves crafting, he's scrawny, and his voice is higher pitched than he'd like. And then there's Brad, h
I want to start by saying that I LOVED this book.

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Erin Wynn
Wanted something cute and easy to read so I bought this. Yeah, this was cute and a fun-ish little read, but I would have liked it a lot more if it weren't for the misogynistic (and biphobic) dribble that kept popping up. I know the Taylor Swift song it was based on was like that, but considering this was a gay retelling, I thought maybe there would be somewhat less of that 'I AM BETTER THAN HER BECAUSE SHE IS A SLUT' pettiness. Disappointed. If it weren't for that, this would have been three sta ...more
Mateus Bandeira
May 14, 2013 Mateus Bandeira rated it liked it
I really liked it, actually. Although I hated the constant references to Born This Way and You Belong With Me, it was a really, really cute book. Like, even the angst was good. Quick read, cool story, a little cliché, but it was really good. I even liked the two main characters! I loved Brad, but not because of what he represented (the "love interest"), it was because of his full personality. I related to him, like, as soon as I started reading it (kidding, but you get what I'm saying).

So, yeah.
Eugenecel Tonogbanua
Apr 30, 2013 Eugenecel Tonogbanua rated it it was amazing
It was based on Taylor Swift's song entitled (you guessed it!) You Belong With Me. I love how it addresses gender confusion, homophobia and etc. It helps people understand the consequences of hate crimes/homophobia to not just LGBT people but also straight people as well.
A good read for teens. Highly recommended.

I've been reading Jeff Erno's work like Dumb Jock 1-3 and Puppy Love 1-3 and I've been thoroughly satisfied by his work. Thank you Jeff Erno. :) Jeff Erno
Mar 31, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
While YA isnt the first type of read I will go to (totally love hot, scorching books) this one had me in the first scene. I knew I would love it. I love instalovey, sweet as cotton candy books. I love angst filled, cry your eyes out books. I must have a happy ever after......this book had all the pre-requisites in the right amount. I loved Brad, who was such a sweet character even when faced with his father's dislike, and Wes? Just wanted to go into momma mode and hug him to death. I borrowed fr ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Maria47 rated it it was amazing
You Belong With Me is another book of Jeff Erno, an author I like very much
Again Jeff wrote an amazing book about coming of age and what it means for gay boys. I loved the story (inspired by Taylor Swift's video), the wonderful characters and the message: If you don't give up you can make a difference.

This was a really sweet book with only a modicum of angst. The plot isn't original - outcast falls for the 'straight' jock, but that didn't bother me once - especially because I fell in love with Wes. His interests aren't ones MCs usually have, and he was just incredibly endearing! Everything happened a bit fast, and it was a bit 'insta-love' for me really, but I'll still definatly re-read this one day soon!

It was a good story. I always like my geek and jock stories. I also liked the bullying emphasis.

One pet peeve! "Oh, Brad" was overused and reminded me way to much of the Rockies horror picture show. Every time I read it I heard the Kaiser voice of Janet from the movie saying it... ugh.

But overall a cute story...even though eve Rudi thing moved to fast for my liking, I still have a 3 star rating for a cute story.
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Jeff Erno currently lives in southern Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management and human resources. Jeff began writing stories in the late 1990's and initially posted them to a free online amateur website. The positive feedback he received from readers encouraged him to continue, and this eventually led to the publication of his first novel, Dumb Jock. Erno has subsequently pu ...more
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