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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Jordan Ortiz decides he can no longer hide who he truly is. He’s gay. He comes out to his family, then he comes out to everyone, and it goes well. Like, way better than he thought possible. But that’s about where it ends. There aren’t enough out gay kids at school for him to build a queer social life or even consider the possibility of dating. For now, he’s happy to be the ...more
Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Deep Hearts YA
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☆ Todd

Despite the pacing being pretty slow, with lots of monologuing, and feeling a bit repetitive, I thought I could make a go of this story, but sadly...



Ben is a complete coward, "dating" a vapid, shallow girl who he doesn't like or respect, just so that he can hide under her Insta-famous-wannabe petticoats.

He treats Jordan like crap. Repeatedly.

And Jordan LETS HIM. And still pines. Like a complete doormat.

A lot of the drama just felt way more like middle school theatrics than high school.

DNF at 41%
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Ash Rocketship
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I was really hard on this book as I was reading it because the writing isn't... great and the narrative voices are both really not for me and also weirdly dated (I mean, I don't know a lot of teenagers in this day and age, but "epic fail" appears in this multiple times and I just refuse to believe that teenagers are still saying that.) but around the 150 page mark I realized that I just expect more from queer books (probably because they had to be so much better than straight stories for so long ...more
Shannon
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I sat down to read Gay Love and Other Fairy Tales, I was unable to put the book down due to the author's strong narrative, the three-dimensional characters, and the plot surrounding two high school seniors who are gay. The book alternates between Jordan's and Benjamin's point of views, giving readers different perspectives on the challenges that many members of the LGBT community face. But more importantly, we watch how these characters grow confident with who they are and what they believe ...more
Noah
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Minor spoilers ahead!

Gay Love and Other Fairy Tales was not all I hoped it would be. Though the story had good aspects that made characters unique, it was trite.
To start us off, Ben was doing things that seemed too stereotypical to hide his sexuality. He avoided Jordan in public and hid his and Jordan's relationship as he pursued his relationship with Nikki, the average popular girl. Not to mention that Ben was on the football team. Jordan was a coward that was too attracted to Ben to do anythi
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Chase Connor
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First things first, let's address the obvious - Ben is a dick and Jordan is a doormat. And the story is kind of cliched. Next, let's remember that coming out is difficult (especially if you're not a "stereotypical gay man") and navigating being young, gay and in love is difficult. And cliches are just fine if they're executed well. Dylan James executed this story exceptionally well. He didn't make the characters supremely lovable and infallible--which I appreciate because those people are exceed ...more
Enrique Betancourt
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this book in paperback edition.

I read it in two-three days, but that's usually because I am fast reader. The plot was super predictable since page one, and there were some characters that I just couldn't stand (See: Nikki).

That being said, I think the book did a solid portrayal of what being gay is like in high school. I think Jordan was very understanding and has a big heart. Ben is a dick, but he has a reason to be. Neither of the characters are perfect, and that's what made the book en
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Julia
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
This book was super predictable. Right when prom was mentioned, I new Ben was going to come out at prom and they would try and make it all romantic. It was annoying how many times Jordan’s friend told him he would find happily ever after. Sometimes people just want to be mad or sad for a bit. Ben was also a bit annoying. I will never know how hard it is to come out, but Ben could have done better for Jordan.
elijah !
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
giving 4 stars because that will bump up it’s rating rn. and it deserves a good lil rating!!
this is a nice, kinda cheesy love story that i really enjoyed.
i could tell the author didn’t know too much about asl— the way he translated it to english wasn’t too realistic.
i related to some of the story! i’d recommend if u like this genre
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet sweet story.
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Dylan James believes love is for everyone, and through writing gay young adult romances, he hopes to get that point across to younger readers. Dylan is a lover of books, Star Trek, and animals. He lives in Canada with his husband and two cats.