Just a Boy
High school wrestler Jove Tyler might look like an average guy but he's "different." Instead of falling for Beth Stein, his caring and compassionate "girlfriend" at Templeton High, Jove develops a secret crush on his cute classmate Jason Carnivelli, who lives next doorand is happy to stay in the closet. Just A Boy looks back at a...more
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Author R. W. Clinger, whose novel Just a Boy is the story of seventeen-year-old Jove's struggle with being "different," perhaps attempts to say or accomplish too much about the ...more
Some of the things that made me stop reading:
The character names. They are so unrealistic that they take me out of the story. Trey Better? Richard Find?
I don't think Jove has run into anyone who is not gay (okay, maybe the drug pushers, but that scene lasted less than a page).
First person point of view is soooo not working here. It isn't adding any insight into the character, except to make me start to hate him.
The copyright in ...more
My one common complaint about some gay writers is that they are overly descriptive on "muscles" and "physiques." Bob Clinger is an author who makes that mistake, too.
I thought it odd how the Jove (the main c ...more
A young high-school wrestler living in Pennsylvanie has a girlfrend, a neighbor boy that he's always been sweet on and a senior year ahead of him.
He makes some mistakes along the way, has some misadventures, but unlike real life you just know that somehow everyone is gonna end up OK. (at least in his close circle of friends)
Really a sweet story and a nice change from some of the more tragedy laden fare ...more