Review of Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by L. C. Rosen

“Love, monogamy… they sound like a lot of work. They sound kind of boring, too. I love chocolate, but if I could eat only chocolate the rest of my life, I think it would get tedious. Same goes for one cock.”

Synopsis: Jack Rothman is 17, enjoys parties, make up, and boys. His very active sex life makes him the center of talk in his school, but he doesn’t mind at all. That changes when he starts writing a sex advice column and he starts receiving anonymous love letters. At first, he ignores them but then the letters get creepy, revealing that the admirer knows a lot about him, his friends, and his mom. His admirer wants Jack to change to his sexual lifestyle and will force him if necessary.

Review: Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) by L C Rosen is funny, creative, and an all-around enjoyable read. Aside from the story, which is great, the best part about this book is the sex advice. I remember how in high school, sex ed only deals with one kind of sex, the hetero kind. The advice given here, not just about sex but about relationships, is very important for young people who might not have any other means of getting it. What’s more, this is a great example of a sex positive YA book. The quote above really resonated with me as someone who is aromantic. Sex is great. Relationships are great. Some people want both, some people want one or the other, and some people want neither. In my case, I want more than just chocolate to eat. Rosen also did a great job in showing how to act as an ally, and how doing nothing can be dangerous and harmful.

Read: 8/26/2020 – 8/29/2020
Release date: October 20th, 2018; Little Brown
Page count: 352
Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: LGBTQ Contemporary
Audience: Young Adult

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