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Jack of hearts (and Other Parts) Spoiler Free Review

Title: Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Author: Lev A.C. Rosen

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK

Release Date: 30th October 2018

Genre: YA, Contemporary

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Goodreads Synopsis

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…

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This is the sex positive novel that we need in our lives.

This novel follows the story of Jack who is an out and proud gay boy who has a reputation as the school slut. Jacks’ friend persuades him to stat a sex advice column on her online newsletter. Jack soon starts to find notes in his locker from a secret admirer. These start of as innocent but soon turn threatening and it’s up to Jack and his friends to find out who is behind them before someone gets hurt.

I really loved the character of Jack, he is not afraid to be himself. He also likes sex and is not ashamed of this and is very outspoken about the fact that he is not ready to get into a committed relationship. We definitely need more characters like Jack in YA literature.

I also really liked Jack’s friends. Jenna can be quite blunt at times but she genially cares about Jack and wants to protect him. Ben is a sweetheart who is also gay but unlike Jack he is a virgin and is waiting for the right guy.

This novel is very sex positive. The novel promotes the message that sex is normal and not something that you should be ashamed of. You should be able to do what you want with your own body as long as it is safe, legal and consensual. That whether you decide to have lots of sex or no sex it’s completely normal and you should not be judged for it. It also promotes the importance of safe sex and explores non heterosexual sex.

There is also discussion around homosexual stereotypes.

Trigger warning for homophobia, stalking, slut shaming. There is also talk of sex.

Overall, I really loved this novel and we need more sex positive stories like this in YA. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

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