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Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen @LevACRosen #YoungAdult #BookReview #NetGalley #JackOfHeartsAndOtherParts

Happy Saturday all! We are super excited to bring you A double review today! Both Vicci and I read and loved this book, and are thrilled to share our reviews of this fabulous read by L.C. Rosen.

It isn’t going to be for everyone, however, we think it could be a pretty important book.

Meet Jack 😎

The Blurb

My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.

Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous

Vicci’s Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Out and Proud Stars

I loved this book, what a refreshing change for someone to say “Hey, I like sex, and as long as it is consensual, I’ll have lots of it please!”

And gay sex too, oh the horror of it all!! 😋

Jack is the person in this story shouting this, he is gay, and he is “out” loud, and abso-fu*king-lutely proud!

He is at high school, where unfortunately he has to deal with gay shaming, slut shaming, fat shaming, and any other type of shaming you can think of.

His best friends are Jenna, an outspoken blogger, and Ben, a gay, black, fat (his words) fabulous fashion designer.

Jenna talks Jack into writing for her blog, as she wants to help people who have questions about sexuality and sex in general, and are too afraid to ask, they are able to write in anonymously, and Jack answers them VERY truthfully.

Look this book is not going to be for everyone.

One, because is is a book about a gay man having no-strings sex, lots of it, but not as much as the rumour mill at school says.

Two, because Jack is not ashamed of who he is, he’s glam, he wears make up, he’s opinionated, and he doesn’t give one sh*t about what people think about him….until the notes.

The notes that are left in his locker and taped to his door are a knockback for Jack, and we see how he becomes a different person when he trys to NOT be who he is.

I LOVED Jack and his friends, I loved the letters that he wrote to the people who were scared to ask them in public, I mean who *do* you speak to about being a virgin, and a gay virgin at that, who do you ask about how it felt the first time, who do you ask if it hurt? How do you admit that, actually you are not that interested in sex at all?

Jack was very truthful with his answers, and also followed them up with example stories of his own.

My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.

This book pulls no punches, there is strong language and sex in it (shock horror) and *GAY* sex at that (put away your pearls mother!) If this type of book offends you, then don’t even bother trying to look for it.

I for one, wish that there was someone like Jack in my school, I’m so glad to have met him in this book, and I honestly would tell anyone that had questions about their sexuality or even if they are straight and wanted questions answered to read this book.

Be You & Be Epic

*Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book

Vicci

Berit’s Thoughts

This book was blunt, honest, unfiltered, and brilliant! And it is going to make some people absolutely CRAZY!

What??? A book all about sex for young adults? and gay sex at that??? What??? A honest open discussion about sex??? Yes! And seriously as a mother of three I would strongly encourage all you concerned parents to read this book and have a honest discussion with your teenagers about it! What a fantastic book to open up a dialogue with! Almost 50% of teenagers in the United States are having sex… rather than pretending it’s not your kid, why not engage in a conversation? *steps off soapbox*

Jack is out and proud! He loves makeup, his friends, boys, and sex! He is unashamed, unapologetic, and fabulous! When his friend Jana asks him to host a sex column on her blog he happily obliges… he answers questions about anal sex, blowjobs, not wanting to have sex, and more… he answers these questions respectfully, honestly, and thoughtfully!He doesn’t sugarcoat things and he makes one thing very clear; what you do with your body is entirely up to you, do not let anyone pressure you into doing anything you are not ready for! And really isn’t that the message we want for all of our kids? I found Jack’s sex columns to be extremely insightful, maybe a little more insightful than your average teenager? But then I guess Jack was a little more experienced than your average teenager…. and to be quite honest if any of my kids needed some advice on sex I wouldn’t mind it coming from Jack!

This book however was not just about sex it was also about friendship and a mystery involving a crazy stalker… I really liked jacks friends Jenna and Ben and I love the bond between them… nothing beats good friends when it comes to navigating your way through high school…. perhaps Jenna and Ben could have been better developed, but maybe this leaves room for a spin off! I would love to get to know both of them better…. The mystery in this book started off strong, I loved the notes being folded into these elaborate origami animals, and I was very curious to see who was stalking Jack… but the conclusion was a bit underwhelming… having said that I don’t really think that was the purpose of this book nor did it take away from any of my overall enjoyment of the story…. Lastly I just need to address jacks mother, she was so laid-back she was almost comatose… I mean I appreciated her being so open and supportive of Jack’s lifestyle but….

Absolutely recommend! I think every older teen needs to read this book and in a perfect world their parents will read it as well and have a little chat! I think adults will appreciate this, it really makes you realize how far we have come since Judy Bloom… although I remember there was quite the scandal that my mom let me read “Forever”🙄

*** many thanks to Penguin Random House UK for my copy of this book ***

Have a lovely weekend!

Berit☀️✨