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The Straight Road to Kylie

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Racy gay-themed read is fun but contrived.

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The premise is fun but farfetched: A popular girl bribes a gay boy to be her boyfriend, hoping to maintain her social status "by dating the newest, hottest guy on the market." Readers willing to accept it will get drawn into energetic Jonathan's often wacky suburban life. Outrageous characters breathe life into this story -- like his bisexual best friend Carrie, who introduces herself by slapping his booty and shouting, "Oh, baby is this seat taken?!" Readers will have some good laughs along the way (at a Halloween party, for example, he dresses in a Madonna combat costume, but tells his fake girlfriend that he is dressed as an Italian GI Joe).

Be warned: There is lots of mature material -- drinking, swearing, sex -- and the plot follows a predictable path. In the end, Jonathan learns that he can't just play it straight -- he also needs to meet other gay guys, including a first boyfriend.

Book Details

  • Author: Nico Medina
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: May 22, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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