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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

Title: Fan Art
Author: Sarah Tregay
ISBN: 9780062243157
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Released: June 17, 2014
Page # 355
Source: ARC from the publisher

"Senior is almost over and Jamie Peterson has a problem: He's fallen for his best friend. As much as he tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where Jamie's affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help him get together with Mason. But Jamie isn't sure if that's what he wants - because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?"
First Lines: (Quote from the Galley - see final copy for changes)

"'Nah,' I say about the brunette at the next table. 'Isn't she more your type?' But the truth is, even though Mason's my best friend, I don't know his type. He doesn't date - he says it's just asking for drama."
Page 1

This book has pretty much everything that librarians love - adorable first relationships, a fight against censorship, poetry and a literary magazine... What more could you want?!

Jamie is head-over-heels in love with his best friend Mason. But no one but his mom knows that he's gay. Then a girl in his art class draws a graphic short story that sends everything reeling. There are Senior pranks, parties, practical jokes, mixed signals... and everything great that comes with high school. :)

So, my favorite thing about this book is insanely silly. It's not the point of the story - or even anything that's mentioned, but it rang true for me. There's something that happens the Senior year of high school that brings everyone together - no matter your social standing. Cliques sort of disappear a little and you have an understanding of each other. That's how mine was and that's how it seems in this book. Maybe I just loved that because it was reminiscent for me. But I think there's something so sweet about a class sort of bonding right before they separate forever. (old person nostalgia)

This is definitely going to be your "feel good" book of the summer. It's such a quick story that you will probably devour it in one beach day. Most of the characters are so sweet and genuine. It's really how you hope life will always be... but this is much more fairy tale than all that. You will want to become best friends with all of the characters. Maybe not one or two, but the majority.

There were a couple of things that didn't seem very realistic to me. Like, a teenager printing out pictures. Not just posting them somewhere online. I mean, I understand getting them printed for your locker or whatever... but to have not seen them before that moment seems unreal. Also, there was a mention of flipping a phone closed. Does anyone still have a flip phone? I haven't laid eyes on one in years. So there were a couple of little things that pulled me out of the fantasy land story. But otherwise I really thought it was consistent. Maybe those things will be changed in the final version.

All in all, this is a fun story about a boy in love. He's awkward, he's adorable, you will root for him till the end. I'm definitely recommending this one for your summer beach read.
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