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Kamikaze Boys

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,215 ratings  ·  221 reviews
If the world is against you, don’t give up. Find yourself a kindred spirit. Then you can start fighting back.

They say Connor, the one with the crazy eyes and creepy scar, tried to kill his old man. Lately he’s been seen hanging out with David, the gay guy who always eats lunch alone. They make an odd pair, the loser and the psychopath, and bad things happen to people who m
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by Createspace (first published January 10th 2012)
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June Helmsley
Wake up, assholes, it's lady boner time!

You know how when you're watching a show that's shitty, so you start looking for something else to watch and you realize that The Big Bang Theory's on one channel and Archer's on another? So you kind of flip back and forth, and it's perfect because when the commercials start on one channel you watch one show, and vice versa, so you never miss a scene, and it's like too much awesome - like if Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt came to your house and they were like

(April) Book of the Month

I will confess: I wouldn't have read this book. I barely read the blurb. I thought to myself, "Boy with cray cray eyes and scars, haven't I read something like this in a MF version?" I kind of did not want to read this book. I dragged my ass with starting until yesterday. And surprise, surprise I ran through it like it owed me money.

I do not dislike YA, it's not my preference at this point in the reading game. I can't gorge myself on it. Used to with MF YA. After aw
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

Ahhhh...back to the "safety zone" of YA. :)

...where we rarely argue suspension of belief or hotness of sex scenes.
...where we usually get a nice dose of naivety and sometimes a good opposites-attract storyline.
...where kids are misunderstood but find acceptance with each other.
...where first times and explorations and first loves are the norm.

I enjoyed Kamizake Boys.

It is a "safe" YA book: 2 misunderstood, lonely kids finding solace and love with each other. Connor, the mystery kid w/
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Jay Bell..man does this guy know how to paint a wonderful scene for you to picture when reading his books.

I find myself turning my nose up at books that are considered YA because I always think I'll miss the sex. Damn I need to stop short changing these authors because even tho the sexin may not be ott, the friendship, the love, the feelings make everything worth it.

The two young men in this story lived very real lives and even when things shitted on them, they held onto hope and their love to
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: man-love
2.3 stars.

It was, by no means, a BAD book; it was simply, by all means, NOT my kind of book.

I just don't think I like being in YA-aged characters' heads. It just doesn't...work for me. The realism of their (stupid STUPID!) actions rings true; however, I'm so frustrated by said actions that I end up frustrated by the book as a whole.

In the case of this book in particular, the completely horrible and awful consequences of those actions (view spoiler)
I’m not really much of a YA reader and I’ve seen this book labeled as such. After reading it I wouldn’t really classify it as YA. It may be about YA characters but I wouldn’t say it’s for YA readers. I think this book can best be appreciated when read as an adult with the perspective of a few years of experience and knowledge. It’s especially poignant if you did dumbshit stuff as a teenager, because the emotions of Connor and David ring true. Granted, theirs was much more intense given the circu ...more
Why did I adore this? Why was I completely taken by a book that made me cringe and want to look away from the pages? You know when characters make such stupid, stupid decisions that you’re embarrassed for them? Gah. Yup, that was me.

I adored it because it was so completely far away from the perfectly, perfect MC’s and the perfectly, perfect love stories and HEA’s that I so often read about. And, quite frankly, usually bore me.

I was not at all bored. I couldn’t put this down. Jay Bell just gets
Eli Easton
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed the first half of this book, with the two boys getting together and forming a relationship. I enjoy high school m/m romances, and the characters in this one were interesting and likable. I particularly liked Connor's 'misunderstood pscyho' reputation and Connor's family issues.

The second part of the book, with the prison and mental ward were a bit too much for me. I'm fine with a little angst in my romance, but I get frustrated when it feels like an author is continua

Damn, I love you Jay Bell. I really, really do.

Kamikaze Boys is the story of two very different boys (that just happen to be perfect for each other) who take on the world hand in hand. David is the high school nobody who gets picked on and called a faggot daily by the typical bully. The fact that David actually is gay and is not afraid to hide it adds layers to the depth of character that he is, but does nothing to improve his standing in the drama filled world that is public school. One day Con
2.5 rounded up

This was originally a dnf for me, but I promised some unicorns I would try it one more time. So I did, and this time, I finished it!
Warning: Major spoilers are hidden under the tags.

Basically, it's a sweet story buried under a lot of depressing crap. I was so angry about the bullying and general unfairness/injustice in the story. It was too much. And then! Then the awful choice to have the father (view spoiler)
I usually like YA but this one was not for me. It was definitely more a coming of age than romance in my eyes, and I think that is the reason.
It also took such a strange turn. (view spoiler)
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book will make you think about hell -- both living in it, and deciding who should go. 4.5 stars.

David is a smart, quiet kid, but his teenage classmates have figured out that he is gay. As a result, he is targeted for regular bouts of casual abuse. The worst student -- Chuck -- terrorizes David with the threat of violence. David knows that it is only a matter of time before Chuck and his buddies catch up with him and make the threat real, but on the day when he thinks it will finally occur,
Connor and David were two boys that you couldn't help but root for. Nothing is sweeter than two kids who fall in love and stay together without a lot of problems in their relationship. Even though they had to deal with outside forces that caused them issues, they were able to overcome those obstacles.

I loved the epilogue and how they rode of into the sunset.
Sammy Goode
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am simply overwhelmed. This book, Kamikaze Boys, is perhaps one of the finest Young Adult novels ever written. Author Jay Bell, wows us once again with his consummate storytelling, his impeccable characterization and his superior ability to weave a remarkably sweet and lyrical love story. Honestly, there are simply not enough superlatives to give this story its due. But, dear reader, I shall endeavor to give this novel its well-earned accolades.

“Being brave is just doing whatever the hell you
Lena Grey
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” is a quote by author Sam Keen. This could easily be applied to David and Conner in 'Kamikaze Boys' by Jay Bell. To the rest of the world, David and Conner are misfits, worthy only of scorn, but to each other, they couldn't be more beautiful. They are soul mates; their love is invincible. Even when things get rough in the outside world, David and Conner's love remains steadfast, neither doubting wha ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bmbr-reads
Okay - so BotM here at BMBR is Kamikaze Boys by Jay Bell. I was a kinda reluctant reader in the fact that I've read Something Like Summer by this author and ended up a blubbering mess. That story was brilliant but it didn't just break my heart it stomped all over it, so I was apprehensive in case this did the same.

I shouldn't have feared - although this was a rollercoaster of a ride and (check out my reading updates) had me swearing, laughing and nearly in tears as I read, it didn't quite break
Kaje Harper
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya
I enjoyed this book a lot, and had a hard time putting it aside to sleep, since I'd reached a point where the MCs are separated. I liked and believed in both David and Connor, and the best friend and little brother were fun. This book has some nice secondary characters. Both of the boys who are main characters make some mistakes, both have issues to deal with, but in this book the warm emotions are more salient that the dark ones. I appreciated that the parents here were for the most part real p ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a typical Jay Bell book. What do I mean by that, you say? First, Jay has a way of bringing his characters to life so that you feel like you're getting to know someone you just met. After you really get to know these lovely characters things start getting thrown at these wonderful people. Real life things that can and do happen to people. That is where Jay Bell takes it to the next level with the feelz. Oh my can this man write the feelz. I had several Steel Magnolias moments while readin ...more
Sep 18, 2013 marked it as to-read
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this was a huge disappointment for me. There were so many reasons Kamikaze Boys didn’t work for me but I’m going to try to keep this short; I just want to be done with it.

My main problem was that the premise, though decent, went in way too many directions and ended up feeling scattered and disjointed. Even though I enjoyed the main characters and their families and friends, as well as individual elements of the plot, altogether, it felt like a hot mess to me. My thoughts echo many
Trisha Harrington
I loved this book. It's YA and one of the ones that didn't make me mad. I love the genre, don't get me wrong. But sometimes YA has more than one of my pet peeves, and so it's hard for me to find books I really like. While this one may have been over-dramatic, it was perfection for me. Perfection. I fell in love with this book from the first page and I fell in love with the characters almost straight away. And I am really happy I read this book after Something Like Summer by the same author.

Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yes, we make our It Gets Better videos. Yes, we hold our heads up high when we walk through the halls. Yes, we patiently plan our escapes into new lives because these are the right things to do. But man, sometimes we want to take a bat to that damn bully's car. And sometimes we want to knock out a few of his teeth. Jay Bell's wonderful KAMIKAZE BOYS delivers on that revenge fantasy, and it's oh so satisfying when the glass starts to break and the lips start to swell. It's a love story too, of co ...more
Heather C
I can't stop smiling!
This has to be the sweetest story I've read in a while.  Not sappy sweet, but adorable-first-loves-make-me-smile sweet. It was the ultimate escape for me, even though it wasn't crazy exciting; I was too wrapped up in David and Connor to care or notice. I was hooked from chapter one and couldn't put it down.  I was absolutely useless until I read the final page. I loved all the other characters (especially Gordon and Tommy), the humor, the sweetness, and even the angst.  Thi
Taintedskyee (Books Books&More Books)
It was such a sweetheart romance,left me with a smile on my face. To tell the truth I am bit sceptic when it comes to YA romance novel.Being a cynical person myself and having all the experience to look back on I really can't make myself believe that romance in teenage really is forever kind.Please don't get me wrong, I have nothing against those teenage years and I am completely in awe with the person who found their first and forever kind in high school.
So to believe in a relationship of two h
Joyfully Jay
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: valerie
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Kamikaze Boys – has there ever been a more apt title? These boys are on a figurative suicide mission from the start, with one poor decision after another. I love the young adult sub-genre of MM romance, but I swear, it’s going to make me die young(er). When I read this novel, I had an impending sense of doom and anxiety from the beginning. Maybe it’s because YA books so often have a BIG BAD THING happen that tears the teenage couple apart. Sometimes, it’s because
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
This was such a hard book to rate, I went back and forth from 2 stars to 3.5 stars.

I'll start by saying I love Connor and David together, they make me happy, bring a true smile to my face and I just want nothing but sunshine and rainbows for them since they first appear on page. They are great characters! The storyline moves along and keeps me interested even though some of the actions taken leave me going "huh" throughout the book. What kept me from enjoying this book more was the sudden chang
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
YA is not my preferred reading but every now and then one comes along that engages me.

I've heard nothing but great things about Jay Bell and after finally knuckling down and reading this one I must fall into the same category.

This was such a sweet and at times exciting read, but never was it over the top or unbelievable.

Connor and David will have you enthralled from the very beginning. Connor is not what he appears to be and David is just a typical kid trying to get through school. Watching them
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars.

This was my first full-length Jay Bell story and I truly enjoyed it--especially the first half of the book. Although this was a bit of insta-love, I cared for both MCs as they struggled to stay together and overcome external pressures that worked to keep the apart. Without giving away a significant plot point, I was blindsided at David's father's behavior in the latter half of the book. This plot point pushed the rating down for me--it simply made no sense to take such extreme measures
What a ride!
This was an absolutely fantastic exposé on bullies and the ugly company they keep. This is a book that needs to be read by a lot of people. Bullying is one of the plagues of youth, and unfortunately it makes the transition even into adulthood in some people.

This book is about standing up for your friends. Protecting what is right. Cheering for the underdog. (Yeah, that rang ALL my bells!)

As usual, Mr Bell writes some compelling protags, and I was sucked into the storytelling at once
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Jay Bell is a proud gay man and the award-winning author behind dozens of emotional and yet hopelessly optimistic stories. His best-selling book, Something Like Summer, spawned a series of heart-wrenching novels, a musically driven movie, and a lovingly drawn comic. When not crafting imaginary worlds, he occupies his free time with animals, art, action figures, and—most passionately—his husband An ...more

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“I love you, David. I always will. Always.”
He said it with such intensity that David knew they felt the same. The world could split in the middle, all the way down to Hell, and if Connor was trapped on the other side, David would pull the globe together again just to get back to him. Nothing was going to get in their way, and if anything tried, they would destroy those walls together.”
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