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Social Intercourse

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  683 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Beckett Gaines, a gay teen living in South Carolina, has his world turned upside-down by a jock in this laugh-out-loud novel that’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets The Parent Trap.

The Golden Girls-loving, out-and-proud choir nerd growing up in the “ass-crack of the Bible belt.”

The Golden Boy, star quarterback with a slick veneer facing uncomfortable trut
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Max Baker
Thank You Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

There are some stories that just make you feel like you need to take a shower afterwards. Sometimes they're brutal. Sometimes they're powerful. Sometimes they're uncomfortable. All of those instances require a visceral and emotional response from the reader and, usually, the story is written with that in mind. Social Intercourse made me want to take a shower, but in the worst way possible Social Intercourse m
Katie B
There were a few things about the book that I wasn't thrilled about but overall I enjoyed this YA novel featuring lgbt characters. Teenage boy Beck loves watching The Golden Girls with his straight and single dad. Being out and proud isn't very easy when you live in a conservative Southern town. Jaxon, is the star athlete at his high school and his two mothers have recently split up. When Beck's father and Jaxon's mother, Tracee, start dating, neither boy is very happy about it. They set out to ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, lgbt-books
I read an essay by the author where he talked about the tendency of LGBT YA books to steer away from sex and their protagonists are typically, for lack of a better term, "straightpassing", which I definitely agree with so I thought this book would be a pretty good read. Wrong call.

In the first chapter, apart from casual cissexism and misogyny among other things, there's like a page at the very end of it with a woman who is referred to as "a thing" the whole time and "a whore" a couple times thro
Melissa Chambers
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

Get ready to laugh! This precious and hilarious story of an "out and proud" choir boy in small town South Carolina had me grinning from page one all the way through to the end. Told in dual POV, Beckett's chapters kept me rolling on the floor, while Jaxon's chapters were a bit more pensive, and a little steamy. Oh, and Shelby. I want her as my own sidekick! Bless her heart. She had me laughing the hardest and wantin
Levi van Zyl
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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This definitely had aspects of a fun read and I'm always here for gay rom coms, especially with enemies-to-lovers aspects. Beckett and Jaxon had some really cute chemistry, and the "I want my parents back together" shared goal is always a safe bet. I hope white cis gay boys find this book and love it for being a charming, funny romance with them at the heart. I definitely recommend this one for fans of Perfect Ten by L. Philips, which I decidedly am.

That said, I have Peak White Cis Gay YA feeli
Jenni Frencham
Jax is a jock with two moms, but his moms are separated and one of them starts seeing a guy. That guy is the father to Beck, an out gay boy. Set in South Carolina, this is the story of the two enemies getting together to break up their parents.

What I liked: Yay diversity! One of Jax's moms is bisexual, and that's wonderful.

What I disliked: Mostly everything else. Jax is a stereotype: closeted bisexual boy who can't admit he likes guys because he's an athlete. His lesbian mom wears flannel and
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-soon-18
In what The Hate U Give did, showing that racial prejudice still exists in America, Social Intercourse does portray the homophobia of the South. That said, this isn't a sad book. It's a Parent Trapesque rom-com with reality checks dropped ever so often. Social Intercourse was a good read, and definitely worth it, but the one thing I didn't really like was the main characters. They were selfish, judgemental, rude, and entitled. While they did have their good moments, most of the time I just wante ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
invented biphobia and solidifying my intense hatred for teenage boys 🤪
This is a fast read and the alternating points-of-view between Beck and Jax refreshingly add to the momentum in this novel of first love and community support in Florence, South Carolina. The writing is crisp and the laughs hit you like a right-cross you aren't expecting. The climactic scene at the end feels like a reach for a movie pitch and does not need to be so over-the-top. That aside, the book never drags. If you don't love books that make you laugh aloud no matter where you might be readi ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was pretty hilarious. It's billed as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets The Parent Trap, and I agree to some extent, though this book is a lot less wholesome, than either of those stories. Nonetheless, I laughed a ton.

Irreverent at times, but also touching and heartwarming. Jaxon's relationship with his mom and Beck's relationship with his dad were awesome. Their interactions made me smile a whole lot, but it was Beck and Jaxon that gave me the warm fuzzies. I thought t
Cody Levi
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-top-shelf
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Thank you to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this incredible book!

First off, I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved this book! It was hilarious and damn near perfection! I love the cast of characters and, for once, I actually enjoyed a book with more than one POV! If you are a fan of LGBTQIAP+ books, you should most definitely check this out. This is definitely a book I will be reading again.
Feb 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
I am so excited for this book. Not only does the title make me smile but the concept sounds AMAZEBALLS! I hope the cover is pretty!
Jun 24, 2018 added it
Shelves: paused-or-dnf-d
DNF at 8%.

Not for me.
Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
Social Intercourse is told from the perspectives of Beckett and Jaxon as they try to stop Beck's dad and Jax's mum from dating. Jax, because he wants his mums to get back together and they gave him love and stability. Beck, because it's been him and his dad for a while now and he doesn't want to watch his dad get his heart broken again.

Social Intercourse is a laugh-out-loud romp that I thoroughly enjoyed. Beck in particular is a witty, lovable arsehole. It's a little vulgar at times but a whole
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I came of from a recent DNF'd read I won't even add to my Goodreads list angry. I picked up Sexual Intercourse in the hopes to lighten my mood, and to read something good. Luckily, it was a good one, not perfect, but definitely a lot better than the disappointment I experienced right before it.

We have an out and proud gay boy Beckett trying to survive in a very small, partly closed minded religious town. His mom has recently left him and his dad, and he suddenly discovers his dad is dating again
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Don’t worry so much about labels, just love who you love and never be ashamed of it."

My synopsis: When the dad of proudly gay teen, Beckett, starts dating one of the lesbian moms of star football player, Jax, the two starts an alliance to break their parents apart. Their schemes spark an undeniable attraction between them.

Themes: LGBT, bullying, parenting, family, true friendships

wish I had more to say about the book – but I just didn’t think it had memorable enough characters or events. I re
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were some things I liked about this, but I couldn't get past the unending anti-bi/bi-antagonistic comments. (There's also, unsurprisingly, a lot of "don't need labels" kind of talk.) One of the two MCs is bi (doesn't start off IDing that way, but is by the end of the book), and even he makes a lot of comments implying he doesn't believe his mom could be bi and not lesbian.

Things I did like:
*Variety of parents of queer people. Support looks different ways, and some things that parents may t
Chuck Long
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Social Intercourse and I LOVED this book! It's smart, amusingly irreverent, touching and wickedly funny. The main characters of Beckett and Jax are instantly relatable, as well as immediately intriguing. Their story is a roller-coaster I want to ride again and again. So glad more stories that focus on LGBT young love are coming to the marketplace. Wish this book would have been available when I was a teen. No one is perfect in this compelling and flawed-like-the-rest-of-us g ...more
Jessica Calla
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and both MCs--it's a perfect YA read! Doused with love, parental issues (but I appreciate the close relationships between the guys and their parents (minus Beck's mom!)), drama, and friendship, SOCIAL INTERCOURSE immersed me back in the high school scene and had me swiping through my Kindle until the wee hours of the morning! I can't wait for more from this talented author, and highly recommend this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Ava G. Wellbelove - 153 days.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
aAaAaGGGhhhhHhh Beck and Jax are sO CUTE. gods. this book really hit all the emotions...and then slapped me in the face with the humor. and then hugged me with how adorable Beck and Jax are. I need more books like this by Greg Howard.
Ulysses Dietz
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Social Intercourse
By Greg Howard
Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2018
Five stars

“I touch lives.”

This is the second excellent YA novel with central gay characters I’ve read in the past week, so it seems a good time to compare. Gillian St. Kevern’s “The Biggest Scoop,” like Greg Howard’s “Social Intercourse,” has an out, confident, well-adjusted gay teenager as its key protagonist. Both of these books have a very parallel cast of characters—the expected crew when you’re dealing wi
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
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♥️♥️ Lanae ♥️♥️

And Adorable.

And Swoon-worthy.

Patiently Waiting for the next Young Adult Gem to come from Greg Howard:

Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
(Actual rating: 3.5 stars)

This is a hard book to rate, because the more that I think about it, the more I think I should actually give it three stars... BUT I was also so very entertained that managed to finish it in less than a day, so it feels more like a four star read. (We could so easily fix it with half stars, but noooo).

Let's get the elephant in the room right out of the way: Yes, there is a best sassy girlfriend, a ragtag bunch of friends from various outcast groups, the popular people b
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Howard's YA debut kept and held my attention from the very start, though I would be hesitant in recommending it to certain people.

Beckett's voice is really strong, but I think most readers will love or hate it. He loves the Golden Girls, and references the show frequently, something which could lose a lot of readers; I hadn't seen it until last year, because it's one of my boyfriend's favorite shows. Beckett's humor can also be judgmental and downright offensive at times. One thing I found reall
Rachel Goldstein
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall I enjoyed this book! It's funny, voice-y, and not shy about cursing or sexuality or masturbation etc., which is great to see in a YA novel (especially a queer YA novel). And it's always good to see more stories about queer boys by queer men get published. Brett and Jaxon are cute, individually and together, and in pretty different ways; their personalities come across well in the writing of their respective POVs. You root for them to understand each other and get together the whole way. ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, sassy, mildly pornography, and a sweet little gay romance to top it all off. Beckett is out and proud, fabulous in every sense of the word. Jax isn't your stereotypical Southern jock -- after all, he's got two of the coolest Moms a guy can have -- but he isn't quite ready to come out about his own bisexuality. Is it any wonder sparks fly? This charming little novel will warm your heart... And possibly other body parts as well!
Emily Knosher
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Immediate favorite, oh my gosh. Literally let me throw ALL the stars at this book. I have never read a book EVER in my life that literally made me laugh out loud. Like, an audible sound came out of my mouth multiple times while reading this book because it was absolutely hilarious oh my gosh. Beck and Jax are some of my favorite characters I've ever read about and I need more immediately!!!
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, jri, rainbow
I want to give this book five stars because I couldn't stop reading it and the ending was adorable. But the book definitely highlights the problems within the LBGTQIA community: misogyny, racism, bi erasure. I think they're done realistically, but the realism is kind of the problem, isn't it? It doesn't sit well.
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The Backlot Gay B...: Social Intercourse, by Greg Howard 1 6 Jul 26, 2018 09:29AM  
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Greg Howard grew up near the coast of South Carolina, or as he fondly refers to it, “the armpit of the American South.” By the time he could afford professional therapy and medication, the damage had already been done. His hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina is known as the “Ghost Capital of the South,” (seriously…there’s a sign), and was always a great source of material for his overactive ima ...more