Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts)
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 ...more
"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 ...more
➸ 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Update: Declined. Figures. :/ Well, regardless this is going to be one of my most anticipated books this year for sure.
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
I am a New York City girl, grew up her and raising my boys here now. This bo ...more
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 ...more
“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. ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
BY L.C. Rosen
Little, Brown and Company, 2018
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 ...more
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I nod, then say, "Yeah," because I realize she can't see me. I think of the distance between us, and how maybe there's that distance between all of us, because she's right, I can't know what's in someone else's head. And just like that, I can feel the distance close—snap like a rubber band. We were never really far apart, maybe. It just looked that way.”