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Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,981 ratings  ·  620 reviews
My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it's going to be weird for everyone's first time, though.

Meet Jack Rothman. He's seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys - sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, 'it could be worse'.

He doesn't actually
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Penguin (first published October 30th 2018)
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Emily May
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Lord save me from straight people"

This was fucking fabulous.

I have to admit-- going into Jack of Hearts I thought it might be one of those books that's IMPORTANT™ but a fairly average reading experience. I love the idea of fabulously gay, but fabulously gay doesn't sound like much of a plot. Turns out it might be!

Okay, I'm seriously underselling this. It's actually a book about gay stereotypes, sex positivity, and how straight women's fetishization of gay men can have extreme and far-reaching
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
There’s a rush in reading books that speak to the deepest layers of your soul against which no drug compares; and Jack of Hearts caught me like a fish snagged by a line. I felt such a weightless joy upon finishing this book—the feeling that this moment, this hour, this universe could not possibly be improved upon. The whole world around me went soft and fuzzy and comfortable like a swallow of warm honey down a sore throat and I’m sure my heart grew at least three sizes then. Warmth still surges ...more
Mackenzi
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is like a hug that comes with a slap on the ass (in the consensual flirtatious sexy way). It's the sex ed class you didn't get in high school, positive and frank and honest without ever being didactic. Having this book as a teen would have literally changed my life, and also upped my eyeliner game considerably.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
Shelves: favorites, queer
Maybe more of a 4.5 because I figured out the mystery about halfway through but THIS WAS STILL SO DAMN GOOD. This was hilarious and raunchy and sex positive and I LOVED IT SO DAMN MUCH. If you're looking for a fast and fun read (and can handle reading about anal every other page lmao), you DEFINITELY need to check this out.
C.G. Drews
Just excuse the terrible pun, while I say this book had an incredible amount of heart. It's a love letter to being a queer teen (by an #ownvoices author too) and it's a call out micro-aggressions and it's an encouragement to kids navigating sex and friendships and highschool and stereotypes and the true trauma that is unsalted food.

➸ and uhh yes there is a lot of sex in this book
Jack ends up running a sex-advice column on his best friend's blog and he half does it as a "f @ you" to his school wh
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Em Lost In Books
If you read the blurb of this book, you will know what it is about. A teenage gay boy, his friends, a sex column, and a stalker. I liked the blurb and wanted to read this book ever since I came to know about it.

While this book is like any other YA book talking about teenage life's insecurities, friends, the freedom that teenagers crave. Stalker angle definitely give this book that edge that made it different from others, specially when it was told that Jack was targeted for this very thing. His
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Kai
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I know it's not the same - gay and asexual - but I want to tell you as someone who thought they were broken, and everyone was staring at them and knew, that you are not broken."

Was that one of the best gay books I have every read? Yes. Yes it was.

I am so so happy that I picked this book up. It's what my 15-year-old self would have wished for. I had so many questions about sex and sexuality back then and this book holds so many answers. So if you're reading this, and you feel insecure about your
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Dahlia
I'm telling you now that from this book's release date onward, any discussion of sex in YA (and especially in queer YA) that does not include this book is invalid. Also, I blurbed this! Here's what I said:

"Bold. Unfiltered. Supportive. Funny. Boundary-shattering. There aren't enough words for how much I loved Jack of Hearts, but if I could sum it up in one, it would be: necessary. Put this book in the hands of every teen who needs the courage to find comfort in their skin and desires (or lack th
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Berit☀️✨
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
This book was blunt, honest, unfiltered, and brilliant! And it is going to make some people absolutely CRAZY!

What??? A book all about sex for young adults? and gay sex at that??? What??? A honest open discussion about sex??? Yes! And seriously as a mother of three I would strongly encourage all you concerned parents to read this book and have a honest discussion with your teenagers about it! What a fantastic book to open up a dialogue with! Almost 50% of teenagers in the United States are having
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Christy
4 stars

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) was such a fun book, but it also had a great message and a bit of emotion and suspense thrown in. This one was truly unputdownable. I started and finished it in 6 hours which is pretty impressive for me, especially for a physical copy of a book. It made me laugh so many times and I just adored Jack. His column started out as something fun for him, as a favor to his friend, but the way he related to other students and the questions he was able to answer, i
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Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Hi, wow, I LOVED THIS. Jack of Hearts contains such a refreshingly honest, upfront portrayal of sex, without ever feeling sensationalized. But it was still so FUN, and it never felt strictly educational and dry. This book heavily discusses the fetishization and tokenization of the queer community by straight folks (especially as it pertains to straight women fetishizing queer men and m/m sex), which I so appreciated. I just... this was such an unexpected gem, and I can't believe more people aren ...more
Moony Eliver
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, lgbtqia, 2018, y-a
3.5 stars. What a conundrum. For about 36 hours, I only put this book down when life required me to. And I never did figure out why it had that effect on me.

But, something was there, right? Something made me need to know what was going to happen. Something endeared the characters to me. But what? On paper I don't have an answer for this.

I think my main gripe with this book is that it didn’t quite execute. It set up some really good elements but then just kind of bunted them, no home runs. FFS… a
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Kelly
This is going to rile up readers who don't want teens to read about sex and more, who don't want teens to read a raw, honest book about gay sex and a gay teen boy who not only loves sex but also wants others to enjoy it, too. It's a book about toxic heterosexuality and the ways white women (in particular) fetishize gay boys and men.

But also, it's a book about a boy named Jack who runs a column on his friend's blog that doles out sex advice. And there's someone who hates, hates, hates that he do
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D.M.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack is a high school student who is asked by a friend to write a column for an online blog. He becomes known unofficially as Jack of hearts (and other parts). He's a gay teen who isn't interested in settling down. He loves listening to the girls gossiping about him, even if some of the comments are outrageous. Unfortunately for him, he's gained a stalker secret admirer and things are about to get a little tricky. Jack uses his life experiences to help others through his blog posts. Luckily for ...more
shady boots | #WatchPOSE
Okay, getting declined for this will be the most heartbreaking rejection of the year for me. Like, for real.

Update: Declined. Figures. :/ Well, regardless this is going to be one of my most anticipated books this year for sure.
Laura
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is bold, ballsy, and honest! This book is sure to get readers thinking and talking.

Jack Rothman is a rich, gay, New York private school-er who loves sex. He is--in his own words--a slut. He likes sex, has sex, and talks about sex. Jack writes Jack of Hearts, an advice column for teens where the sexually curious, confused, and frustrated send in questions, concerns, and fears about sex. Jack will talk about it all! A lot of his own sexual history ends up in the co
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Bridgette
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bridgette by: Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Shelves: owned
So glad this got bumped up my TRB list to read for Contemporaryathon. Fun, sometimes creepy, honest, sex-positive story that I blew through (no pun intended). :)

Did I figure out the mystery early? Yes
Did I love reading about Jack and think he gives better advice than me? Absolutely

Not for everyone, but I really enjoyed this.
Rainbowheart
Jul 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
I refuse to accept the normalization and promotion of BDSM in young adult fiction. Plus, high school students having group sex and threesomes? I don't know who greenlit this book, but it's an indication of some very troubling trends, in my opinion.
Lola
DNF

Before we get into this negative review, let me acknowledge how awesome the cover is. Yes! I love it! A cover such as this one would not have been approved 20 years ago – and a book such as this one not published 10 years ago. Incredible.

I also very much appreciated Jack’s transparency. He is bold and straight-forward. He doesn’t hold back on us. He tells us a lot and knows not what ‘‘too much information’’ means. I mean, hearing him discuss how the first time he had sex, the person penetrat
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Laxmama
4.5 STARS - I have been wanting to read this book for months and it definitely surpassed to my expectations. I love reading high school stories but for me they are truly hit or miss. While I enjoy the high school/team setting I find many of the stories I read feel contrived or missing something in the writing. This story was fantastic, and the writing was spot on, the characters had depth, growth and real personalities.

I am a New York City girl, grew up her and raising my boys here now. This bo
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Reyes
ARC kindly provided by Penguin Random House UK Children's via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

ETA: I've seen a few reviews accusing this book of promoting risky behaviour among teenagers. To be honest everything about this book is so over-the-top that I hadn't even considered the implications of some scenes. To me the "pre-game" parties Jack and his friends have where they get high and eat cucumber sandwiches and drink champagne were so hilariously fake that I couldn't take it
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Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
*Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!*

“Relationships are always made up of these little perceptions of relationships, you know. What you think is friendship is something else to someone else. You can never really know what’s in someone else’s mind, no matter how much you love them.”


This book is as fabulous as the cover implies.

Prepare yourselves: this is going to be a short ramble of love, because I have nothing but glowing praise for this book.
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Abi | Scribbles and Stories

This book is one that I wanted to read from the second I heard about it, and when I got approved for an ARC I actually squealed with delight. A YA novel that openly discusses gay sex? Sign me up. When I actually had the opportunity to read it I was worried it wouldn't live up to its promises, but it didn't disappoint, with plenty of casual and normalised conversations.

As an LGBT+ reviewer what stood out to me most as I was reading this was the importance of it. It's a message to gay teens that e

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Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
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Rusty Grey
3.75 stars

This was such a heartwarming , fun read . More like the sex education class I didn't get in school . This book should be read , not because only it has an important message but also because it's damn entertaining .

Jack Of Hearts is about Jack Rothman , a sexually active , gay NYC teen who starts writing sex advice column for his friend's website . But then he starts getting pink notes from his secret "admirer"/ stalker . Notes which were creepy at first but gradually become threatening
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Julie Parks
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This certainly is the kind of book that makes you say WOW! And not just the language, the cover design and also the idea behind it. The bravery to bring this idea to the publishers. Kudos!

I don't care what the critics think, I think we need these kinds of books. And I don't want to call it "different" because that makes me think of it as sexist or labeled. Because I don't. It's just a great story, in a way who cares about the rest if you enjoy reading the story.

I think it's inspiring and educati
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Max Baker
Thank You Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is an important book. It deals with a lot of themes revolving around sexuality, specifically queer male sexuality. I know that a lot of books right now are focused on female sexuality, and trust me we need that, but I can't deny how happy I was that there was a YA book that catered towards a queer male demographic that isn't fetishistic or erotica. But, as I'm sure I've stated
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Emma
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.75 stars

I was so happy to read this book, it's like a breath of fresh air in the YA world. Most of the time sex in YAs is a taboo or something that is just slightly mentioned. Here it definitely was not and that's totally fine. Jack is a gay teen who's very open about his sexuality and he is totally okay with people knowing that.
The online sex advice column was a great idea to show us more of J
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Ulysses Dietz
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack of Hearts (and other parts)
BY L.C. Rosen
Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Five stars

Jack Rothman could be my grandson; but reading “Jack of Hearts” by L.C. Rosen, I felt myself a teenager once again. Jack is everything I never was as a teenager – everything I couldn’t possibly have been as a high school student in the early 1970s. Even if you push forward into college, when I came out at twenty, I was still not the boy Jack is in this remarkable novel. I was never that cute or sexy or (most im
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Bev
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bev by: Laura
17 year old Jack makes no apologies for who and what he is...he lives his life the way he chooses, has plenty of money, likes sex...Jack I liked. He's bold and fearless, wears make up and has plenty of rich young friends BUT suddenly things start to go wrong and someone doesn't like how he's putting himself about. They leave notes in his locker at school and then at his home, and proceed to make threats about his mum and friends, and what originally was regarded as a joke turns into something en ...more
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“No. If she cared about me, she would have loved me for whomever I was, not just who she wanted me to be. What she maybe thought I was. Relationships are always made up of these little perceptions of relationships, you know. What you think is friendship is something else so to someone else. You can never really know what's in someone else's mind, no matter how much you love them."
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