Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Book - 2018
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"An unapologetically sexually active queer character works to uncover a blackmailer threatening him back into the closet"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316480536
Characteristics: 342 pages ;,22 cm.

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ebick
Apr 10, 2019

This is a wonderful exploration of youth and sexuality. Told from an LGBT perspective it deals with all kinds of questions that youth might have and understanding what is acceptable ( Just be you, be honest, be respectful, have fun!) The subplot of bullying was very well presented, and helped us to realize the pain and agony it can cause.. This is a good read for all ages !!

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crayolabee
Jan 28, 2019

I loved this sex-positive, out-and-proud book. It's celebratory of sex without being censuring of celibacy. I liked the main plot, too, and I was even okay with the ending that didn't tie everything up too completely neatly.

Hand to fans of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue that want to see, basically, a modern-day Monty.

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KEFaith
Jan 13, 2019

It was very entertaining, and I liked the characters - I felt like I could really imagine them. However, I thought the stalker plot dragged on slightly too long. The reveal at the end of who the stalker was felt rushed, and the book ended basically right after the reveal. I wish the stalker's identity had been revealed a bit earlier, and the ending more well thought out. But I give it 3 stars for humor, wit and pure entertainment value.

ArapahoeTiegan Nov 16, 2018

Jack is an openly promiscuous gay guy whom others might describe as a queen, but he doesn't think that's entirely accurate. His friend, Jenna, asks him to write a sex advice column for her website, and he reluctantly agrees. Then he starts receiving very creepy pink notes in his locker and his amazing new jacket gets cut in half while he's at a party. I will say the notes were so creepy that I had a hard time putting this book down, because I so desperately wanted Jack to find who was sending them and put a stop to it, so he could go back to being his wonderful self. Also, the sex advice Jack offers is so good - he is very sex-positive and a wonderful promoter of safe sex.

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micren8
Nov 01, 2018

I actually really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and if I don't get bored of something easily it's automatically an accomplishment. I have to say that the whole time I kept wondering who the culprit was and it truly kept me on the edge of my seat. I will say that the ending was maybe slightly abrupt? That's why I can't quite give it 5 stars. The fact of the mater is that I do know guys like this and I do feel that they are a little underrepresented in queer youth fiction. I feel like there's this constant strive to show how much queer youth are just like everyone else, but that's not actually true? There are different guideline and social norms to work around and that's just a fact. I think this book tackles that nicely.

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shayshortt
Oct 31, 2018

As a fan of the advice column format, I loved the way Rosen incorporated the Jack of Hearts letters into the story, posing them as advice, commentary, and even plot development in various scenarios, while also reinforcing the book’s emphatically sex-positive tone. Jack, of course, gives remarkably good, carefully crafted advice for a seventeen-year old, coming across as mature and worldly. But these character traits also prove complicated burdens as he tries to solve the problem of his stalker without involving the police, or his mom.

If there was one place Jack of Hearts fell down for me, it was in the relatively abrupt wrap-up, after the stalker is revealed. I couldn’t help but feel that the implications of what Jack and his friends went through were overlooked for a simplistic conclusion. The result is a weirdly anti-climactic let down from an intense situation. After the deliberate intention and care with which the author addressed complex issues like consent and homophobia, this breezy conclusion to a legitimately traumatic experience felt out of place. With a more developed conclusion, this book would have been a real stand-out.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2018/10/30/jack-of-hearts-and-other-parts/

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shayshortt
Oct 31, 2018

Jack Rothman is an out and proud gay white boy in liberal New York City, attending an elite private school. He knows he has it easy compared to gay kids in rural areas, or even compared to his best friend Ben, who is black and fat, in addition to being gay. But his ostensibly liberal school doesn’t quite know how to handle Jack, a boy who wears make up and has a reputation for sleeping around. So when Jack decides to lean into his reputation, and starts writing a sex and relationship advice column for his friend Jenna’s website, it is no surprise when the administration is displeased. But the sex advice column also prompts a turn for the disturbing, when a secret admirer begins leaving creepy notes in Jack’s locker. Soon stalking turns to blackmail, as the letter writer tries to force Jack back into the closet and curb his sexual behaviour. With no help from the school administration, it is up to Jack and his friends to figure out who is blackmailing him before his stalker gets what they want.

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shayshortt
Oct 31, 2018

My sex life has always been out there, talked about, but now I’m talking about it, too. I don’t know if it’s just going to make the rumors and stories worse. I want to douse the fire, not throw gasoline on it.

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