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Gemini Bites by P.E. Ryan
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Sep 23, 2011

it was amazing
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Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.com

While it's not certain if Garret is gay or straight - or even bi - Kyle is out and pretty much proud of who he is. He's never dated anyone, but had some experience with guys, and his best friend happens to be gay, as well. Kyle is pretty amusing, as he's a huge exaggerator and yet he finds himself starting to become more and more interested in Garret, who swears that he's a vampire. Well, one of their fellow classmates seems to believe it, and he'll do just about anything he can to rid their school of evil...even if that means ridding them of Garret altogether.

As for Judy, whenever she finds she likes a guy, she starts to become "interested" in whatever they like - and her recent conquest is all about the Bible. But when Judy realizes that Kyle is starting to like Garret, she can't let her brother win, can she?

GEMINI BITES is told in alternating chapters, first Judy, then Kyle, and so on. I seemed to enjoy Kyle's storyline a little more, but then again, I did first pick up this book for the LGBT content and that would be Kyle. He's also a funny character and you really do start to care for him and the way he's treated by Judy. This is especially poignant since the twins come from a big family and it's hard to find time with their parents.

Judy is a good character too, though. She really goes through her own progressions and you'll find yourself shaking your head, yet letting laughter slip out, at some of her more mean statements.

In all, both teens are well-rounded and I felt like you got to see a big picture of who they were and what they were interested in. Kyle wasn't just the horny teen guy obsessing over boys, and Judy wasn't just a mean "actress" trying to get a boyfriend. You even see an interesting side of her, good and bad, when it comes to her best friend, Sasha. This girl was an amusing character, but you do feel for her, too. And it reminded me a lot of Brittany on Glee. She's a bit ditsy and clueless and yet can see things that other people overlook sometimes. You just have to love her!

As for their family, they were a lot of fun. The three younger siblings were a bit hard to keep straight sometimes, but the eldest, Tommy and Dexter, seemed to be their own people in the little time they had to "shine." Their parents were also very sweet and you could tell they cared and wanted to be there for their kids as much as they could- even though it's hard with a house full of them.

I'm really thankful I was given the chance to read GEMINI BITES. I would definitely recommend it!
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