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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,289 ratings  ·  924 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, 337 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 (view spoiler)
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chai ♡
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. I really am so glad ...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: queer, favorites
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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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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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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✨    jamieson   ✨
I love this book because when you read it's bad reviews, it's just adults who haven't spoken to a teenager in 50 years crying because via this book they discovered teenagers do, in fact, have sex with each other.

Jack of Hearts is the unapologetic queer book we've all been waiting for - it said FUCK your sanitisation of YA and teenagers lives and just decided to showcase a sex-positive, self-proclaimed gay slut as the main character. L.C Rosen did sex-ed more comprehensively in 340 pages than my
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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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Shile
2.85 stars

I don’t read blurbs before reading a book; a great friend got me hooked on not reading blurbs and the experience is worth it. The high of going into books blind is the best experience ever. After reading the book, I read the blurb and saw this:

Riverdale meets Love, Simon Why? Like why? This meets this?

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Oh boy! This one had all the elements to succeed but in my opinion, somewhere along the way, poof! The story was there, the characters were all set, then it got to the execution part
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Berit☀️✨
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
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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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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I. Freaking. Loved. This book. And I plan to use all of my influencer powers to tell my followers (i.e. the 10-20 people who actually care about what I say on Amazon and Goodreads) to read this life-changing book and give it the love and attention it deserves. Seriously, not only is this #ownvoices book very sex positive, the hero also has wonderful friends (who are diverse and have a healthy (albeit somewhat turbulent at times) relation
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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
tappkalina
This is such an entertaining, yet important book, guys! Go, read it!
Moony Eliver
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia, m-m, y-a, 2018
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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Danielle's
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
Tijana
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 4.2 stars
(I know, I'm horrible, not even half stars are precise enough for my ratings)


I don't know what to say.
It was amazing and unapologetic and different and really in-your-face.
And I loved it.
I know it's not for everyone, but I think some of the negative reviews are too harsh. Some of them even sound as if my 60 y/o mom wrote them. Like, mom, what are you doing here reading about sex life of a gay teenage boy?? Go back to reading Anna Karenina, jeeesh.

It would've been my first 5 s
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shady boots
Apr 21, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-gay-agenda
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.
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.
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.
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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Cristina Monica
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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Amanda
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack is a gay teenager who is comfortable with his sexuality, he enjoys shopping and gossiping with his best friends Jenna and Ben.

Jack is asked to write an agony aunts column online, where he is open about his sex life. He is used to being talked about, he is known as a slut, but the stories are widely exaggerated much to his amusement!! Unfortunately being in the limelight has attracted a stalker who leaves him origami notes in his locker, at first it is slightly amusing but the notes are get
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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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Saimon (ZanyAnomaly)
LOVED how funny, educational and amazing it was! The stalker thing kept me intrigued while Jack's personailty kept me hooked to the book!
He owms it. Owns his sexuality, his appetite for sex and every part of him confidently!
Really, one of the most queer-positive sex-positive books ive read!
belongs in queer lit hall of fame! <3
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Cassandra
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reads-of-2018, arcs
*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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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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