Blog Tour – Jerkbait – Mia Siegert | ARC Review

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Book | Jerkbait

Genre(s)| Realistic Fiction / Young Adult

Date of Publication| May 10th, 2016

My Rating| 3.5 Stars

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Review:

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Hey guys,

Today I’m part of the Blog Tour for Jerkbait by Mia Siegert and I’ll be reviewing an e-ARC of the same for you.

Blurb: [Taken from Goodreads]

Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself.

Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other’s lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can’t escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Robbie’s future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer.

As their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie finds solace in an online stranger known only as “Jimmy2416.” Between keeping Robbie’s secret and saving him from taking his life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a brother he barely knows, or pursue his own path. How far is Robbie willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to go to help him?

My thoughts:

I read the entire book in less than a day and during exams no less! Even though it started off a bit slow for me, it certainly made up for that in the latter half of the book. This book has an amalgamation of themes – from LGBTQ representation, to bullying to internet predators to oppression of the LGBTQ character. There are also two distinct themes in the form of sports and theatre – contrasting yet complementing each other at the same time. This book has first person narration, Tristan is the one whose mind we get a look into the whole book.

Positives:

I really liked how the book blended all the themes I mentioned above and formed a really neat mixture of issues and things I really enjoyed reading about. Tristan and Robbie were relatable as siblings and as characters that had to go through a lot in a short period of time. Robbie, especially, was extremely heart-breaking as I felt for him every page of the book. Even though there were several issues being dealt with in the book, I didn’t feel as though I was reading a book that was trying too hard. I understood the struggles Tristan went through, felt for Robbie and hated their parents – all in all, what the book set out to do. The fact that this focused more on the bond between the twins than anything else really did it for me.

Negatives:

In contrast though, the plot of the book felt like it came second to the issues being discussed in the book. For the first few chapters, I really couldn’t stand Tristan’s perspective and it wasn’t until mid-way that I really accepted him as a proper narrator and then moved on. This book may have a lot going for it, but it also falls flat in several places for me where I got a bit bored. The last bit of the book was where the real excitement was, but again, the ending felt a bit rushed and rather abrupt to me.

Overall:

Personally, while I believe that the book may not have a strong plot or many of its characters going for it, you should pick it up simply to understand the way gay athletes are treated in sports, the discrimination faced by a boy who wants to do theatre instead of sports, to understand the cruel faces that parents don when they want to believe they are doing the right thing but are destroying their child’s life. You should read this to know, to understand, to learn how mental health is important, how the internet can be a scary place for someone utterly vulnerable among many other things. That’s the book’s most powerful point – it drives you to understand what someone else may be going through.

Thank you, Jolly Fish Press for the ARC and for letting me be a part of the Blog Tour.

Until next time,

Nia Carnelio.

 

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Girl Against The Universe – Paula Stokes | Book Blast & Giveaway!

Hey guys,

I’m so happy to be a part of Paula’s GATU book blast, and I have some amazing content here for you today – including a giveaway, and yes, before you ask, it is INTERNATIONAL! Paula is such a cool author, and she’s amazingly nice too, and I’m EXTREMELY excited for GATU!

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Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.

Paula: 

Girl Against the Universe will release on May 16, 2016. I am so excited to share this book with the world, and particularly with people who are struggling with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, anxiety, shyness, or people who just feel like the odds are stacked against them. Maguire’s story is full of struggles and triumphs, new friends and family bonds. Even if your life is totally peachy at the moment, there’s a good chance you’ll find Girl Against the Universe funny and inspiring. I hope you give it a try.

HERE’S WHAT SOME AMAZING AUTHORS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE BOOK:

“Filled with equal amounts of empathy, humor, and heart, Girl Against the Universe is an empowering story about finding the courage to piece your life back together, even when it feels irreparably broken.”

–Tamara Ireland Stone, NYT bestselling author of Every Last Word

“Romantic, honest, and deep, Girl Against the Universe is one of those books where I couldn’t believe that the characters were only a figment of the author’s imagination—they simply jumped off the pages with their beautiful flaws and hard-earned wisdom.”

–Sarvenaz Tash, author of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

“I loved this sweet, slow-burn romance. Sports fiction at its best!”

–Miranda Kenneally, bestselling author of Catching Jordan

“Absolute perfection. Completely magical. Girl Against the Universe is a poignant, beautiful story.””

–Ann Aguirre, NYT bestselling author of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

THE BOOK IN A SINGLE GIF:

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THE BOOK IN A SINGLE WORD:

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Want to read more RIGHT NOW?

Lucky for you, the first three chapters are out for you to read (thanks, Paula!)

Click here to read the first three chapters of GATU.

And what would a book blast be without a GIVEAWAY? Check out the Rafflecopter for how you can win a finished copy of the book—INT.

US winner will received signed book. INT winner will receive order from The Book Depository + signed bookplate. If you live in a non-TDB country, you can win an e-copy of the book.

A RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Wait, we’re not done yet, there’s more good news coming your way!

Score an e-book of The Art of Lainey for just $1.99 all week!

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Until next time,

Nia Carnelio.