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Orientation

(Lost Boys Academy #1)

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College life was supposed to be full of adventure, fun, and new experiences. However, the young men attending the Lost Boys Academy will have to forget everything they know when they are forced to rehabilitate their homosexuality.

Devilishly handsome troublemaker Jake Parker is never one to turn down a bet, but the stakes are high when he is challenged to seduce the one pe
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Kindle Edition, 62 pages
Published March 31st 2015
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Bev
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4, just to encourage the author rather than make a statement about how good/bad/indifferent the story is. I felt that the story was lacking something indefinable cos even though some of the boys background was gone into, the fact that it's a serialisation means that there's never enough time to flesh the characters out properly unfortunately. This was a typical self-pubbed effort with a few silly errors that a switched-on editor should have spotted.

The actual premise of
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Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
Good so far, glad I dont have to wait for the next one.
Breann
3.5

"We're like the fucking boy scouts of America, only gayer."

These young guys were sent to the Lost Boys Academy to learn how to forget their sinful ways. The camp will help them turn themselves around and live life the way it's supposed to be lived. Straight.

This short novella is very aptly titled. Not only for the characters, but for the readers, as well. There's a new student in the academy and Jimmy is going to show him the ropes. That is, as long as Jake doesn't give him *ahem* his own t
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Is
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing


“Bet I could fuck Mr. Pierce by the end of the semester.”


Color me intrigued. I raised myself further up the bed, got comfortable, and two hours later I was more than interested.

That first line could have gone anywhere. I mean, I had already created the storyline for the novella, and the book slapped me in the face for it. Sorry. Really, I should stop doing that. It isn’t my story to tell, and sometimes instead of trying to decode everything I should just relax and enjoy the ride. Honestly, I don
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Wout Bonroy
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have read many gay novels for young adults, but they never were about conversion camps.So it was a new story for me. As a gay kid it frightens me that this malpractice still exists but I also find the subject kinda intriguing because I can't believe that they could change my sexuality and I can't understand those religious people. So before I started to read I was wondering how it'd be in 'the lost boys academy' and how I'd behave myself when I was a pupil of the 'lost boys academy'. I was sur ...more
Dan
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing. I'm anxious to see what Jimmy and his father have planned.
I love the line “We’re like the fucking boy scouts of America, only gayer.” . True that. Some of my best memories are of my Scouting days.
And Jakes, “Thou shalt not do thy neighbor up the butt.” had me chuckling.
Bring on the next one Aaron!
Stephen
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
*** Note: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and impartial review ***

First off I'd like to state that the problems here may be more in the eye of the beholder than in the material. Others seemed to like this a whole lot more than I did.

My main problem was figuring out what hat to wear when reading this. I generally expect a certain level of polish when reading a classic, a bit less when reading popular fiction, even less when reading M/M fiction and pretty much an
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Lost Boys Academy 1-Orientations (Lost Boys Academy #1) by Aaron Ferrara!!!

College life was all about having some great experiences but that's so not the case for The Lost Boys Academy. Hot and troubled Jake never turns down a challenge but this one where he has to seduce the one person that could get him removed from the academy. The beautiful and in love couple, Kyle and Alex have been together for awhile but will their love for each other sur
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Teresa
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Orientation
Author: Aaron Ferrara
Publisher: Aaron Ferrara
ISBN: B00TV16STG
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Boys-Acade...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
Lost Boys Academy 1
Follow the stories of the gay young men who are spending their summer at the controversial Lost Boys Academy - a school that teaches them that gay is not the way.

Devilishly handsome troublemaker Jake Parker is never one to turn down a bet, but the stakes are high when he is challenged to seduce the one person that
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Leisha
Mar 26, 2015 marked it as to-read-glbt
This should be an interesting one - cannot wait to read it.
Dreamer80
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dbml-reviews
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This book talks about a guy called Jimmy going to the Lost Boys Academy, a place where families send their gays sons or grandsons to help them to see the light. In there, we have the chance to meet other characters like Jake, Mason, Kyle, Alex and their teacher/guide Mr. Pierce. There are flashbacks about their life before they got sent there and it’s about an exact period of time in the past: four months earlier.
Apart from Jimmy,
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Stacey Jo
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Lost Boys Academy is a conversion school. We are first introduced to it when Jimmy’s dad drops him off. We soon learn about some of the other boys at the school from their point of view. While learning about each of them, we learn their backstory and how they came to be at Lost Boys Academy. The other boys are: Alex, Alex’s boyfriend Kyle, Mason, and Jake.

I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to see how each boy ended up at the conversi
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Morgan
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a free copy from librarything.
I really love the concept of this serial novel and loved this first part for what it is. The setting of a conversion camp is so interesting and provides so many different ways to explore the characters in depth and put a spin on the traditional boarding school stories that are so frequent. This first part of the small series focuses on providing background for each of the characters and I can say that I genuinely care about them all as characters and
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Liza
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dbml, zz-2015, m-m, ya-college
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the GR Don't Buy Me Love program.

This was an excellent start to a new series. The entire premise is intriguing. You have a group of boys who have all been sent to The Lost Boys Academy, which is essentially a conversion camp. This installment was basically a who's who, our Orientation. We got the general back stories of the 5 boys who are enrolled in the Academy and a little interaction between them and the man who runs the
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Taya
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-sh-recs
I've received this book for free in an exchange for an honest review.

This is an introduction into a series about a group of boys attending an conversion school. There is at least one chapters focus on the point of view of each boys and what lead them to the school. The story flow but I also can't say much more because not a lot happened. Each boys is distinctive and not easily confused for other. I will be continuing with this series because I felt there was something there and I want to know m
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Roger Durán
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-mar2015
This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I loved the characters and each one of
their backstories, It's really interesting to see where each of the guys come from. (view spoiler) Anyway, this book has just the right amount of sexy scenes and a great plot line, I can't wait for the next books to come out! D
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Susan
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay. I am liking this so far but..... I need more to keep me interested. I need it to be longer if I am paying 2.99 for it. I work hard for my money I want it to be worthy!

Waiting until May for part 2. I will forget about it by then.

I don't feel that I really got to know the characters enough to keep me hooked. I will probably keep reading the series since it is a new to me author and I like to give everyone a fair shot.
Chad Martins
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Didn't hate it. Being a novella, I didn't expect a dramatic plot with extensive characterization, but I would have preferred more dedication to a single sub-plot or character to make the completion feel more satisfying. That being said, I feel compelled to read to sequel to better understand some of the characters' motivations.
Nigel
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun start to a series. It delves into the serious subject of gay conversion therapy. I enjoyed this a lot and look forward to reading the next instalment. I also love the cartoon series that follows this storyline.
Tasha
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Good stody

It's a good story, but to consider in an entire book, not a lot happens in it. But short too so I guess all three books could have been one. Interesting concept though. I love that.
Molli B.
2.5 stars.

There is potential here, but it's unrealized.

The copyediting needs work. Random punctuation errors, bad punctuating around dialogue, oodles of commas with cumulative adjectives, past tense in internal thoughts, POV shenanigans, inconsistent use of italics, awkward wording, "slammed on his breaks"--all things that a solid copyediting would clean right up. Maybe the following books will be in better shape.

As for the story itself--this book was largely focused on giving us the characters'
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VVivacious
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars with a half star more for potential

My first thought on finishing the book was- “That was the most abrupt ending ever. Wow!”

This book is the story of five characters but I think we can safely assume that Jimmy is the protagonist of this story.

While this book sets an ambitious premise I really don’t think it lived up to the expectations. I mean here are five gay guys living in an academy whose whole purpose i
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blub
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
A free copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Story follows alternative pov. starting with Jimmy from his first day at the academy, being dropped off by his father, and him getting situated and acquainted with the other boys: Alex (Kyle's boyfriend, best friend and whipping boy), Kyle (the rich boy dubbed ice queen), Jake (Jimmy's roommate and the cocky shameless lothario of the group) and the arrival of new kid Mason. Then subsequently shifts to Jake, Mason and Ky
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Louisa
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Where do I even start?! I think I was more then 2/3 the way through the Ebook before I even realized that this was a more of a part 1 than a book 1 situation. From the way the beginning just jumps right in, I was expecting some sort of love scene to show, but it never happened. After reading some other reviews, then I finally figured out this was only the beginning of a multi-part story.

For only being 77 pages, the b
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Trevor
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, ebook
I enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to reading part 2 and 3.

The story so far is all of the back story of the characters, setting up hopefully for a sexy and action packed parts 2 and 3. The mix of boys and how they came to be at the academy is interesting and I am looking forward to seeing how things end up for them all.

The story has a steady pace, at first the flashbacks were a little confusing, but after the first couple it all fell into place. in the copy that i read there were a few
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Tanya
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r
I like the character Jimmy and I like that each character is given a back story. The descriptions of each character and the academy itself are really well done, but I didn't like that it just sort of ended. There are a LOT of similarities between this and the movie "But, I'm A Cheerleader" too. I might be interested in reading the rest of the trilogy.

I was given a free copy by the author is exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
Wax
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Really interesting concept of a gay conversion camp. A good introduction to the 5 boys who are participating at the Lost Boys Academy with each other. However, that was all it was, an introduction. I really didn't get much insight into any character and they almost felt like caricatures. I'm not sure I'm hooked enough to continue with the series.

Overall a 3.5 star read, rounded down to 3 due to the typos.
Lisa
I was given a copy of this book free by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

A very short, easy to read story.
This book sets up the rest of the series. Its about the Lost Boys Academy where young men are sent to stop them being gay.
This first book gives us a little bit of the pupils backstories.
I really enjoyed reading this book and will certainly be reading more of the series.
Kenike
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book for my review. I enjoyed reading this book and there were a few surprises in the book. I think that there weren't enough detail before the book was over. I would have liked to read more content before the cliffhanger.
Ben Posner
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great start, but you know me and how I hate novellas as a series...
Daesy
There is cheat in the other books, so no ty.
Deleboy
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Now, I want to know whether Jake will accomplish his hard task or not, but the book was not so great. A lot of misplaced flashbacks deteriorate the interesting plot the author described.
Anna
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's not a bad read necessarily but I think it worked much better as a webcomic.
Aaron Ferrara
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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