I read this book as a buddy read with my friend Hilary from the booktube channel Melted Books. We both had been wanting to get to it for a while. This one was called Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June.
Synopsis: There’s one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he’s a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda.
Then, against all odds, Jay’s family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he’s found where he truly belongs, where he can flirt with Very Sexy Boys and search for love. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he’ll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones…because after all, life and love don’t always go according to plan.
I thought this book was a pretty good time. I buddy read it with a friend and we both had similar thoughts on it. I can sympathize with Jay as I was also a part of the LGBTQ+ community (though not out at the time) in high school in a small town so I understand what they were going through in regards to wanting to have those experiences and it being hard due to there not being many options.
I feel like I would have acted pretty similar had I been opened up to a whole new area with a much larger population and community around LGBTQ+ people. It was fun to follow along with him as he checked off his items on his Gay agenda. I also thought that it was funny he called it his gay agenda since I know some religious people that think we peddle our gay agenda to others. It just made me laugh that it could be taken like that and I thought it was a funny way for the author to throw a little pun in there.
I didn’t like how he treated his friend at some parts but I can understand the position he was in and how experiencing all of these new things could be a bit overwhelming. I thought their friendship was so close knit and I was rooting for it the whole time.
I think this is a great read for anyone that is experimenting with their sexuality themselves or just want to see what life is like through a queer teen’s eyes.
Book rating: 3.5/5
Disclaimer: I was given this book as a gift and read it because I wanted to.
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