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Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mature themes abound in tale about a teen's gay ex.

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The writer definitely has talent. She describes the cold Maine setting beautifully, using the icy, barren backdrop to emphasize the loneliness Belle feels after losing her boyfriend. She also shares wonderful details -- such as Belle and Dylan's trips to a small cemetery, where they imagine the lives of those buried there -- which give her characters some depth.

The problem is that she tries to pack too much into this novel: a gay boyfriend, their intolerant small town, his new relationship, her new relationship, a bully who begins targeting Belle -- and, oh yeah, there's also Belle's epilepsy. Hopefully, this author will continue to write, sharpening her storytelling skills to match her talent for detail.

Book Details

  • Author: Carrie Jones
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Flux
  • Publication date: May 1, 2007
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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