Yippee! I got an advance copy of the new Foster High. I know what I'm reading today. :)
As far as I'm concerned, Foster High is the ONLY gay YA series....moreYippee! I got an advance copy of the new Foster High. I know what I'm reading today. :)
As far as I'm concerned, Foster High is the ONLY gay YA series. IT. Is. Awesome.
And if the book's name is any indication, there may be full-on sex in this one. SQUEE! (We'll see. There may not be, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it either way. But, yanno... I will be watching for it. :)
(Below are impressions, not spoilers) There's virginity-loosing talk! I iz a happy Daisy dancing happy little circles. I LOVE virginity losing!! - - - - - - Okay, done now. There was no sex. Which gave me sad. But was sort've to be expected since none of the other books in the series had much physical stuff.
A really great book, and completely engaging. John Goode has one of the most amazing voices around.
That said, this is NOT a HEA-type romance. Well, I mean the characters get a HEA, but overall the story is more of a drama.
I recommend End of Innocence to readers who like heartfelt, soulful gay coming of age stories with lots of angst.
For my romance reader pals who want a feel-good ending, I still recommend of End of Innocence——But maybe line up your ereader with something light and fluffy for afterwards. :)
This book is freaking awesome. In fact, the whole series is awesome. Don't let the whiny-ass reviews from academic-types dissuade you. If you are a pa...moreThis book is freaking awesome. In fact, the whole series is awesome. Don't let the whiny-ass reviews from academic-types dissuade you. If you are a parent, you will laugh your ass off while reading to your kids at bedtime, and your kids will be freaking out and begging you not to stop.
I've read a few books in this series now, and I can say without a doubt, they all speak to things that are true, that the kids see in the world around them, and that are funny because they are macabre.
You won't find any of the coy metaphors, lessons or moralizing that most middle grade fiction tries to shove in like an over-large sex toy. What, do authors think kids don't get the message? Because kids do. They're not stupid. Kids can see a "lesson" a mile away. Even the supposedly "reluctant readers." (Heck, especially the reluctant readers.)
All great fiction has something in common—people actually want to read it. And this, my friends, is great fiction. I'm a 40yo mom with a doctorate and I want to sneak into my kids' room and grab the e-reader to finish the book we were reading tonight while they aren't looking.
To folks who don't like this series, I have one thing to say: "In your face!"
(Disclaimer: my kids are 8 and 11 and are old enough to get the joke. This series is aimed at middle grade kids. School-aged, as it were. Not over-eager parents trying to get their pre-schoolers to read above-grade-level fiction. If you have a little Einstein, this is not the book for you. But if you have a school aged kid bored to tears by middle grade fiction that's aimed at 3-year-olds, this series with be the Best. Thing. Ever.)(less)
I suck at giving ratings. So I'm not sure if this is a four or five. For some reason, I always expect JL Merrow's books to have more sex and then I'm...moreI suck at giving ratings. So I'm not sure if this is a four or five. For some reason, I always expect JL Merrow's books to have more sex and then I'm surprised when they don't. But I really enjoyed the read. It was nice and chewy with all the local dialect and color. And Since I just finished the latest Psy-Cop, another clairvoyant, crime solving hottie was right up my alley. (less)
I forking LOVED this story. Loved. IMO, there are not enough books with a simple central premise, and this one was just genius. The theme was quietly...moreI forking LOVED this story. Loved. IMO, there are not enough books with a simple central premise, and this one was just genius. The theme was quietly groundbreaking.
The story was cute, sweet, sex, everything I love in a story. Is it everything to everyone? No. But it is what it is...and that is great.(less)