Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Drag Teen - Jeffrey Self

 Title: Drag Teen 
Author: Jeffrey Self
Format: Hardcover

A fantastic, fabulous, funny YA debut from Jeffery Self, one of the gay icons of the YouTube generation, that follows one high school student on a drag race to his future.

Debut YA author Jeffery Self takes us on a road trip with an insecure high school senior who has one goal: to be the first in his family to leave Clearwater, Florida, and go to college. The problem is, he has zero means of paying for school --
until his friends convince him to compete in a drag teen competition for a college scholarship.

JT is a gay teen living in Clearwater, FL.  He has hopes of going to college somewhere far, far away so he can get out of his small town and away from the people he hates.  One of the suggestions thrown at him by his boyfriend Seth is to join a drag teen competition in NY.  JT doesn't take the suggestion seriously, but suddenly decides to do it after being rejected for a bunch of scholarships.  

So, let's talk book:

Things I liked:

Um... the cover was okay, I guess?

Things I didn't like

*The fact that JT and his boyfriend started dating when they were 13.  I mean, it just seems weird that parents would let a kid that young have a serious boyfriend or girlfriend.  
*The story in general was not very well developed and was pretty predictable.  I won't give away the ending, but the events leading up to it made it very obvious what exactly was going to happen.
 *There was no real character maturity or growth throughout the book.  No self-discovery or willingness to grow or anything.  It was frustrating.  
 *The writing was weak and sloppy, and the plot felt thrown together like the author just wanted to finish the book without putting any real thought into it.  

Having read a decent amount of young adult fiction, I can say that this is a book I would never recommend even if you paid me.  You can find other books much more worth the time than this one.     

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