Teaser Tuesday 5

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature over at Should Be Reading’s blog.

Can you believe this is only the fifth time that I’ve ever done one of these in the two and half years that I’ve been blogging? Crazy. I don’t really know why I stopped, but I’m pretty inspired this week, so why not?

Today’s tease is from Freak Boy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark. I’ve been reading this one off and on in the last few weeks; not because the book’s bad, it’s just because I have the attention span of a gnat. But I decided to keep at it this week because truthfully, I’m almost done.

Synopsis and book info to follow.

“Everything makes me jealous.

The clothes they wear,

the way people treat them.

God, I’m even jealous of their vanities.

[You don’t see guys brushing their hair between classes.]”

I know this is longer than the required two-sentence minimum, but I thought this snippet is quite telling of the theme of the book. This is Brendan agonizing about how much he envies girls in general. Have you read this book yet? How was it?


From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?

In Freakboy’s razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

Freak Boy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2013
Farrar Strauss Giroux

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  • You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but
    I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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  • I haven´t heard of this book, but I liked the teaser.

  • I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve read some very positive reviews for it. It sounds so unique and I’ve never read a book featuring a protagonist in this mindset. Thanks for sharing Joy! x

  • This actually looks quite amazing! Hope you enjoy it 🙂
    -Becca xoxo

  • Pabkins

    I totally never stick with the line restriction sometimes you just can’t! This one sounds like a really decent contemp read (even though I don’t read contem)

  • starryeyedjen29

    Oh, yeah…that’s a great teaser, and I definitely got a feel for what the book was about before I ever read the synopsis. How did I miss this one? It sounds powerful and emotional…thanks for sharing!

  • I enjoyed this one. It’s not my favorite transgender book, but I like that we get a variety of characters.

  • I didn’t realize that is what this book is about! I’ve still not read a verse novel, but from this teaser I might could get behind this one. I’m quite wary of verse novels. 🙂 But the idea behind this sounds really interesting and likely a heartbreaking read. Great teaser Joy!

  • Christy

    Totally curious about this and how it all plays out. I have a friend who might be interested in this too.

  • Haha, I haven’t done many TT posts in my blogging carrier either.

    Freakboy!!! <3 I'm not a huge lover of poetry, but freakin' loved that book! And I love the quote you picked.

    Btw, since you're doing LGBT Month, you should link this post up:
    – so other participants can find it more easily. And you can enter it into the rafflecopter as well (if you want to try your luck at winning one of the prizes)

    • Thanks, Cayce. I will be linking up as soon as I have my permalink review. 🙂

  • Ohhh. I have not read this book before. But I’m interested in that summary. And the teaser is awesome 😀 Thank you for sharing Joy. <3 And best of luck. Hopefully you will finally finish it, lol 🙂

    • I’m shooting to finish this book this week. I really need to light my own butt. Lol. And yay! the website’s working for you again. 🙂

  • Haven’t heard of this one before! Curious. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • I’ve heard great things about this book, but I haven’t read it.
    Is it written in verse???
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • Yes, it’s in verse – which I’m a huge fan of. I hope you’ll give this one a try, Jen.

  • I have heard of this but haven’t read it yet. it does sound interesting!

  • Wow this would be a thought provoking read. It would be hard to feel like you were born the wrong sex. I can’t imagine. Hope you’re enjoying this, joy. 🙂

    • That’s pretty much what I hope to gain from this book. I want to see inside a person who felt that he was born with the wrong body parts, thoughts and emotions.

  • Wow, this sounds like it could be a powerful and emotional book. Great snippet Joy!

    • Thanks, Jeann. Looks like it’s heading that way already. *sniffs*

  • Oh I didn’t know this one but it could be interesting.

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I haven’t heard of this book but the excerpt you picked makes me want to read it without even reading the synopsis! It definitely sounds like a unique story with a message. I hope you review it 😉

    • It does. This is the first book I’ve read about Transgender so I hope to walk away with a good perspective at the least. Thanks, Alise!