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Jerkbait by Mia Siegert
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did not like it
bookshelves: glbt, ya, one-star-stinkers

Glee has so much to answer for...

*UPDATE* I've re-read this book and am changing my review by a whole star - sorry this reads so badly on a second pass through and bits I either blanked out or skipped over are so bad (the whole end 1/4 of the book) I have bumped it down. Don't bother with this book... for better books see the end of my review *END UPDATE*

This book could have been interesting and well developed yet it sadly suffers from some of the worst gay related tropes I have read for a while. This book has many of the same issues which crop up repeatedly in m/m romance - the TRAGIC GAY ™ often found in titles which have been written by women for women.

The gay character is only there as the ‘emotional porn’ for a female audience. Rather than making the reason for Robbie's multiple suicide attempts, the crushing parental pressure put on him due to his future (possible) hockey career; it has been made into a 'gay' issue - TRAGIC GAY ™ closeted teen blah, blah, blah.

But don’t worry – this book isn’t really about the gay jock but the straight musical theatre loving identical twin brother – I know, why focus on the book on the TRAGIC GAY ™, when it can be about the clueless brother, who has all the personality and emotional resonance of a potted palm. The parents and friends are just as bad, this book had many chances to redeem itself but it never pulls it off. This book not only has TRAGIC GAY ™ but also includes PREDITORY GAY ™ which is a bonus (don’t worry TRAGIC GAY ™ is saved due to a psychic link – because, you know, twins...). Well at least this doesn’t have INSTALOVE™... Oh! Wait? Bugger!; well at least I have a full house in trope BINGO!

It would have been more interesting to have this as a gay with a non 'gay' issue (i.e. that the cause of the problem was NOT his sexuality). That would have made this book better. If you want a gay related jock book try ‘Out of the Pocket’ by Bill Konigsberg or for a gay brother/straight brother book try ‘What They Always Tell Us’ by Martin Wilson.
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Reading Progress

October 25, 2015 – Shelved
October 25, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
May 1, 2016 – Started Reading
May 1, 2016 – Shelved as: glbt
May 1, 2016 – Shelved as: ya
May 6, 2016 – Finished Reading
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: one-star-stinkers

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