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Not Sure Boys

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Not Sure Boys features three gay young adult stories about growing up on Massachusetts' North Shore. The stories stand alone yet overlap to culminate in one steamy ending. There’s plenty to laugh about with these characters, but their stories also prove genuine and touching as the characters try to make their way in this confusing world. Whether you're gay or straight, you ...more
Kindle Edition, 41 pages
Published August 17th 2013
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I think if the stories were in any other order, my overall rating would be lower. My "like" for each story increased the longer I read. In general, this was a really cute collection of stories and a nice effort for a first time author.

The first story out of the three stories was more or less a miss for me. Maybe because I wasn't a child of the 70s? It just felt a bit disjointed and I didn't connect with the whole trading card thingy. It didn't seem to have enough focus for me.

The second story w
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just about some homo sapiens…

The handsome new Boston writer Rick Bettencourt jumps onto the platform of young brilliant writers with this short but exceptional book NOT SURE BOYS. If there are more stories such as these in his head or imagination then we are going to be noticing the rise of a writer in the ranks of Jamie O’Neill, K.M. Soehnlein, André Aciman, David Leavitt, Michael Cunningham, Edmund White, Alan Hollingsworth, Paul Russell, Jim Grimsley, Andrew Holleran to list some – those wri
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Three short stories. The first one was a little odd, but considering it only showed a glimpse into the boy's (?) life, it was okay.

The second one had me scratching my head. Susan is a) not gay, so not sure what a story about her is doing in a book about gay boys, and b) she also seemed somewhat mentally handicapped. Possibly. Since the story is written from her POV, it didn't actually get explained, but there was enough between the lines to make me think that she might have a mild form of autism
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From a coming of age story, with a hint of a fetish, to a later in life story. I was touched by story one and I laughed my head off in story two, where do you find people like that? And then I thought they are everywhere, I know someone like the main character.

The last story made the circle [of life] round. Two people you would hope to have as close friends.

Also the word 'homesapien' is a connecting factor.

This is the debut of Rick Bettencourt in short stories, and they are very funny.
Brandon Shire
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
short, quality read. recommended.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Jamie & Robbie's story and would like to read more about them. ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a great read this was...good job Rick!
Debbie McGowan
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the Not Sure Boys, rated it as 5 stars, went to bed, woke up the next morning and wondered, "But was it really a 5 star read?"

And I think it is. My reasoning: first of all, I woke up the next morning and thought about it, so it had an impact - the characters are very different to what I was expecting (and think this will be true for most people). They're quirky, interesting, endearing. At times I really felt for them - happiness, embarrassment, frustration, joy...

Secondly, at no point dur
Chris Carroll
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great 1st effort. The detail and the characters were well represented and you really do feel for them. The 1st one hit close to home for me. I can really relate to the wacky cards, and being in the background to a larger than life friend. The character really admires his friend and you can tell. And he has his secrets, but what adolescent doesnt. I like the flow of the story. The 2nd one, although still detailed, was a bit disjointed for me Did not flow as well as the others and I did not really ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting Collection of Interrelated Stories

People change and move on.
Everyone has their own viewpoint of others and their needs.
Acceptance of yourself comes over time.
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The Backlot Gay B...: Rick Bettencourt 4 27 Dec 12, 2013 06:12AM  
I'm an openly gay author owned by his dog, named Bandit. (Hold on Bandit...I'll be right there. I'm busy!)

My husband and I recently moved from the Witch City of Salem, Massachusetts to sunny Florida where I'm now able to focus on my writing. (When Bandit isn't making me take him for walks or requesting a biscuit for the treat jar.)

In 2013, I released a book of short stories called NOT SURE BOYS wh

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