Withdrawn and perpetually anxious, Justin begins senior year completely overwhelmed by thoughts of life after high school. Up until now he’s been able to coast through life without an ...more
"We need to be around people who understand us. We need people who want to be around us. We need people who don't care that each of us is socially inept in our little way."
Teenage Rewrite follows the story of Justin and the domino-effect changes that take place when he does something completely out of character during his first day of senior year in high school -- initiating social interaction.
Although Justin is this average joe who leads a pretty ordinary and banal life, this is a book whic...more
It just felt so… honest. Honest about bisexuality, and honest about what it’s like to be shy, to have anxiety… there was such a fantastic portrayal of both bisexuality and anxiety in Teenage Rewrite, and it’s so refreshing to read. Especially with Justin’s at ...more
Withdrawn and perpetually anxious, Justin begins senior year completely overwhelmed by thoughts of life after high school. Up until now he’s been able to coast through life without any complications. ...more
Teenage Rewrite was well edited, and smoothly written. However the characters lacked depth, especially the protag Justin. I just couldn't find any compassion for him. It was as if we were only privy to a portion of his mind, his emotions, his life. I understand he was just floating through, but he was remarkably unemotional about it all. And because of his lack of depth we did not get to know Travis or Evan as ...more
I mean, these people are cool and all, but I don't care what their favourite colour is or where they went to high school. Talk to me about books
So this is the kind of book that I'd describe as Slice of Life. It's as if you take a life of a person, take a certain time period in that life and just describe what happens there and ignore what came before and what comes after. That's what this book does, you get dropped into the life of Justin who's a senior in high school and you literally follow ...more
It has been over 50 years for me, but I remember graduating better now than when trying to live it the first time. I still have contacts that are in school or recently graduated, and this book just fits for everyone who will admit how messed up their lives are and how scared of the future they are.
Everything is confused chaos of the unexpected blending friends, family, relatives, lovers, enemies, leaders, teachers, employers, and officials tog ...more
I had this book sitting on my kindle for quite some time, and for some reason I never decided on picking it.
This book managed- with a rather simple style (which in this case isn't a bad thing at all)- to be both a cute and funny story, but also very real and relatable.
I found myself in Justin more often than not, even though he's more than 10 years younger than me, I found that we are sort of dealing with the same inner struggles, and I was pleasantly surpr ...more
Justin's journey into friendships . . . and even boyfriendship with Evan. . . is fraught with social fumbles but ultimately successes. And as the sweetness of the bisexual Justin emerges, I was reminded of ...more
I enjoy this writer's style quite a bit, it's easy to read and easy to put yourself into his world, so you care about ten characters and want good things to happen to them. Depictions of the interpersonal relationships and interactions are real world and genuine. I'd like to read more by this author ...more
There's no plot, so basically nothing happens. The story revolves around the uneventful life of Ju ...more
Teenage Rewrite turned out to be this extremely realistic, interesting, funny, incredibly sweet and came with a powerful message. Justin was the most normal, ordinary protagonist I have ever (and I mean ever) read about. He's awkward around people (and not in an adorable way) and has troubl ...more
So recently I've been unable to do much other than read my kindle so I was flipping through various titles I had on it.
So I forgot what this book was about when I was reading it, but when I read the first page/locations/chapter what-have-you I read it and the words on the page resembled how I view school and social situations and such.
So yeah I couldn't remember whether I bought this as a teenage angst thin ...more
I enjoyed following Justin on his journey through his last year in high school. We watch him make his first real friend as well as his first love. Travis is a funny character and good friend to Justin. Quirky and pushy in the best possible way, he helps get Justin together with Evan. Oh sweet Evan. He and Justin are so cute together! It was enjoyable to flash back to those beginning feelings of new love.
While this book is pretty quiet and nothing overly dramatic or earth shattering ha ...more
That aside, the story was well-developed although I did not really understand the reason for his lack of friends in school years earlier. Somehow, somewhere along the way, almost coming to the end, I would have thought the story was good enough to end as it was. To drag it any further to the point of him starting a life without all his comfort ...more
I wished to have more of Travis in the storylines though.
Justin and Ben were okay. The snippets of intimacy were effective but not much. It left me wanting more. It feels like intensity was rubbed off from the book during Justin and Ben's intimate times. I'm not saying that I want hardcore intimate moments ala "Fifty Shades" but a right amount would do and this book kinda lacked a bit of it to keep it exciting.
This was a cute book. The characters were funny and awkward and the plot was simple. The writing style, which was a bit juvenile, took me awhile to get used to but it reflected Justin's character well. I really liked the first half of the book but started to get bo ...more
As far as my style goes, I write the kinds of books that I really like to read, with characters that I both like and identify with. More specifically, I write YA fiction (coming of age, romance, etc.) with strong gay and bisexual characters who are having ...more