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By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Unique premise makes gay-themed book stand out.

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The fun premise may be a bit of a stretch, but author Alex Sanchez effectively captures some realities of high school life. Young teens play around with sex without love, and even nice guys don't say anything when they see someone being picked on. This is Sanchez's first book without a gay protagonist, which may make it appeal to a wider audience, especially straight boys. The casual hook-ups -- which often begin with the Internet -- will shock parents more than any of the gay subject matter, and will certainly give families something to talk about (see our Internet Safety Guide).

This book is thicker than it needs to be, and readers may not care much about some secondary story lines -- like Carlos' mom's relationship. But readers will keep reading for more on sensitive Carlos, whose heart is in the right place even though he doesn't always do the right thing (or fall for the right girl).

Book Details

  • Author: Alex Sanchez
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: October 1, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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