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