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Monday, January 13, 2014

[Review] Fan Art; Sarah Tregay

Fan Art

Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: ARC

Summary from Goodreads:
Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie 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?

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.

What I Thought: I expected this book to be like Fangirl. I was hoping for another really lovely story extolling the virtues of fandom and all of the intricacies that go along with it. I was wrong. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't very good.

Instead of being about fandom and fan art and whatnot, it was about how the "weird artsy girls" (not my words) are shipping together the (male) protagonist and his (male) best friend. And draw fan art about them. And like, SHIPPING THEM. So yeah, that was weird to me.

Honestly, I really liked the story of James and his coming out, and his friendship/relationship with said best friend, and all of that. It was a decently good senior-year-of-high-school, times-they-are-a-changin' book. But the weirdness of the IRL shipping and all of that really ruined the rest of the story for me.

Read this if: you're looking for some gay YA, you like senior year stories, and if you don't mind real person shipping?

Out of 5☆: 2/5

This book was 3/100 for 2014

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