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Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones
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bookshelves: youngadult-fiction, did-not-finish
Read in December, 2007

This is why I cannot finish this book:

Page 24: [Em's] always taking pictures ever since her dad died.

Page 40: Em started taking pictures a couple years ago when her father died.

Is the reader that stupid that he or she needs to be reminded why Em takes a lot of pictures? This [lack of editor presence] annoys me. I may have been able to overlook it and continue reading if I found the protagonist a teeny bit sympathetic. Instead, I kept thinking "Get over it! You're 17! You're going to date dozens of guys!" But then if I was 17 maybe I would feel differently.

Two other things (wow, lots of rants for only reading 40 pages):
1) Why does everyone have a dead dad?
2) I don't believe that teenages really refer to sex as making love. I'm 30 and I don't refer to sex as making love. Did you ever hear a 17 year old say "And then after our bubble bath, we made love. We could see each other's souls" (paraphrasing, but you get the gist)?
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message 1: by Erin (new)

Erin HA HA HA - i'm not sure i want to meet the teenager that utters that phrase, ps as 27 married woman i don't even use it, please i offer the following editorial suggestion: "he got me some vickie's bubble bath and then we did it"


Kasia Oh, gack. You make this book sound so awful that I almost want to read it now. "Making love" just sounds creepy, especially from a teenager. Ew.


message 3: by Suzanne (new) - added it

Suzanne Yeah, I was determined to grit my teeth and plow through it because it has gotten some really great reviews. I got 40 pages in. No bueno.


Derrith I noticed the repeated information about Em's dadtoo, but the first time, she mentions it in a second-hand, casual way, while second time, she goes into detail. That made me feel a bit better about it. The making love thing killed me too. I hate that prhrase, along with most romantic terms of endearment ("Honey, lover, let's make love" would be a sure-fire way to make me cry HEADACHE!)
BUT....... I like the author's style, and I do find Belle likeable. I also think that this would be a monumental, life-altering experience for a 17 year old girl, one that would make her question her femininity, judgment, relationships, etc... and not so easily gotten over. Trust me on this!
I am halfway through and I am enjoying it. Tom is endearing,even though I think I can predict that story line already... I would suggest trying it again. :-)


Claire Ashleigh i'm a teen, to say "make love" is confirming that you are in love with the idea of love- like Shakespeare's Romeo- and need to be confirmed into a psychiatric ward.


Laura deLuna did anyone else notice all the weird things that inanimate objects do in the jones lady books? in the third sentence of the novel a porch light "wishes us well" how does a porch light wish anything? its a porch light for crying out loud? god awful writing. I cant believe they let this book be published.


Emma I am 17 and I can testify that I've never heard anyone my age call sex "making love." I've heard many other terms for it though. My personal favorite is "do the do." XD


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