The Resource Jack of hearts (and other parts), by L.C. Rosen

Jack of hearts (and other parts), by L.C. Rosen

Label
Jack of hearts (and other parts)
Title
Jack of hearts (and other parts)
Statement of responsibility
by L.C. Rosen
Title variation
Jack of hearts & other parts
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"New York. Rumors have always swirled about Jack's unapologetically queer sex life. Jack has a lot of sex-- and he's not ashamed of it. While he's sometimes ostracized, and gossip constantly rages about his sex life, Jack always believes that "it could be worse." When Jack starts writing a teen sex advice column for an online site, he begins to receive creepy and threatening love letters that attempt to force Jack to curb his sexuality and personality. Now it's up to Jack an his best friends to uncover the stalker-- before their love becomes dangerous"--Adapted from Goodreads.com info
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Review
  • Grades 10-12 /* Starred Review */ Tales get bigger in the retelling, but generally what people say about Jack is true: he gets laid a lot. His private New York high school is pretty liberal, but out gay kids are still the minority, and Jack is often the subject of his classmates’ gossip and, occasionally, vitriol. When his friend convinces him to write a sex-advice column for her website, Jack reluctantly starts to get into it. But then the letters arrive. Initially, they’re just creepy-ish fan notes, but soon they get threatening, demanding he change his lifestyle and tone down his persona. With the school unwilling to help (the principal suggests Jack was asking for something like this), it’s up to Jack and his friends to find the blackmailer—or give in. This is a bold, inclusive exploration of teen sexuality that, propelled by Jack’s brazen voice, never feels preachy. Jack doles out sex tips to teens of all orientations, but he also advises those who aren’t sure about sex at all and checks a group of girls more interested in gay men as props than as people. Most sex happens off-page, although language and the prep-school party scene make this best suited for older readers. The mystery adds truly compelling drama, and if things wrap up too neatly, it hardly matters next to all that Rosen gets right. Fresh, sex-positive, and unabashedly entertaining. -- Maggie Reagan (Reviewed 9/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 2, p56)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 10 Up—Contemporary sex advice meets mystery in this high school story of bullying and being true to oneself. Jack is out and proud, unashamed of his love of fashion or his voracious sexual appetite. When his friend asks him to write a sex-advice column for a blog, he is happy to help. Mysterious pink notes then start appearing in his locker, and soon they turn from playful to threatening. Jack begins to shrink into himself until he is barely recognizable to his friends and classmates. This sex-positive story is interspersed with the emails Jack's advice column receives, his responses to those questions, group chats among Jack and his two friends, as well as the eerie letters he gets in his locker. An upbeat, conversational writing style makes this story move quickly, and the understandably creepy atmosphere surrounding the unwanted notes is punctuated by his adventures with his friends, supportive relationship with his mother, and sexual exploits. VERDICT The dearth of sex-positive YA literature—particularly sex-positive queer literature—makes this book an essential addition to library collections that serve teens.—Jenni Frencham, formerly at Columbus Public Library, WI --Jenni Frencham (Reviewed 07/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 7, p76)
  • Being gay and out, given to wearing eye makeup, and having a pretty active sex life—although not nearly as active as the rumor mill insinuates—means that Jack is already pretty well-known at his New York high school. But when he starts writing a personal, detailed, and sex-positive advice column for his friend Jenna’s blog, his public profile rises, and attention from his secret admirer turns increasingly controlling and threatening. The principal refuses to take action, blaming the situation on Jack’s being provocative, so Jack, Jenna, and their friend Ben decide to find the stalker themselves. The forced stalker plot and its outcome disappoint, but Rosen (The Memory Wall) creates memorable protagonists and brings a fresh, frank voice to his YA debut. The ethnically diverse, authentic characters model multiple approaches to being gay and being sexually active (or not), and though the affluent private-school milieu seems a little made for TV, Jack’s efforts as a high school Dan Savage feel genuinely helpful and important. Ages 14–up. Agent: Joy Tutela, David Black Literary. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/27/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 35, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10734235
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosen, Lev AC
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 10
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gays
  • Bullying
  • Extortion
  • Sex
  • Advice columns
  • High schools
  • Gay teenagers
  • Teenagers
  • High school students
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Jack of hearts (and other parts), by L.C. Rosen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780316480536
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017051339
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1019834767
Label
Jack of hearts (and other parts), by L.C. Rosen
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780316480536
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017051339
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1019834767

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