Book Review – Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L C Rosen

jack of heartsMy first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.

Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…

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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb for Jack of Hearts sounded really good to me, so I was excited to be granted a Galley for it – and I’m so glad I was! It’s one of those books I may not have picked up otherwise (cause it’s not fantasy lol and there’s just so many books on my tbr) and that would have been a shame.

At first the stalker element is downplayed, and it’s a little bit shock factor as you get introduced to Jack and his friends and their lives. But as it goes on I just loved it more and more. Firstly Jack’s column is amazing. Truly brilliant advice. Sex positive, personality positive (if that makes sense!), for gay or straight (or any other orientation!), boys or girls, and a lot on safety and consent. That was so good to see. It is very graphically sexual in places, but I don’t think it’s in an erotica way, just in a way that demonstrates both how an advice column about arc would be and how a promiscuous teen lives their life. And I think that we should be able to give these books to teens and expect that they recognise that – I think I would have.

And the fear Jack feels, the hopelessness, really shines through more and more as the book progresses. I just wanted to hug jack and protect him! Ironically I don’t think we’d be friends in real life, but I do love his character and how much he owns who he wants to be right now. And I love Jenna and Ben. I hope Ben is happy 😍

I did want a little more on the why’s of it all at the end, but I actually like that in real life that may not happen. The stalking was properly scary, and makes you realise how you don’t always know people and it really could be anyone for any reason. It felt well written.

4.5 stars and I’d definitely recommend this book as something that is both serious and light hearted and great for people who want to come out feeling positive about Jacks view on the world – be yourself and be safe, do what you want as long as everyone involved is happy about it, stop to talk about things (not just sex!), and generally have a positive view.

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