Top critical review
Mixed feelings but overall didnt like it.
8 February 2019
I received an advanced copy of the book by the publishers (through Net Gallery) in return for a honest review.
After reading an number of LGBT teen books from Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera and Simon James Green all of which I enjoyed so I went into this book with high hopes, however I was left disappointed.
Advance warning due to strong sex content and language this book is recommend for older teens (16+).
The book tells the story of 17 yr old Jack who a popular guy, he has wears the latest fashion (and make up) and plenty of money, and going out with every nice guy he can get with. All this makes him popular gossip at school.
However one day Jack finds a pink post it note in his locker from an admirer (who it from, is it someone making fun of him?). Jack decides to ignore them but he keeps receiving them and they are starting to get on his nerves.
So Jacks best friend Jenna thinks it will be a good idea if he writes a sex advice column in the schools paper to share and express his sex experience to follow students to stop the gossiping (not to the pleasing of the headteacher).
However the post it notes sender doesn't take nicely to what Jack is doing and starts harassing Jack to the point
Jenna and Ben (Jacks others friends) agree to help him uncover the identity of the post it note sender.
Overall the storyline is no different to previous LGBT books and by 2/3 through you can easily guess who the post it sender is.
The main issue I have with the book are the scenes when Jack is writing this blog, which to me is a full out (no details spared) sex guide for gay teenagers. Although I think the idea of answering all the questions young gay teens may have (the most likely ask question "whats it like the first time") is good idea and what has never been done before and will probably be a hit with the LGBT community but for me (who not a member) may found these scenes uncomfortable (I did after reading a few of the most graphic posts, I was coming to the decision to stop reading the book however decided to stick the blog post out).
So overall this book did nothing for me and I believe will be a hit and miss with readers, this is because the books story line is nothing new from other LGBT books out there (gay guy gets messages from mystery person, find out who person is who normally someone close, fall in love the end). however although I didn't like them I feel the sex advice is what will make this book popular as it is something that has never been done before which will give all young LGBT community and the answers and advice they may fell put out asking about.
Thanks again to the publishers (Netgalley) for the advanced copy.