Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

  • Type: Audiobooks
  • By: L. C. Rosen
  • Age Category: Teens
  • Genre: General Fiction
  • Recommended by: Storm K.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781549146848
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Unapologetically queer. Unapologetically sexy. Unapologetically real.

This was one of the best and honest portrayals of queer teen life I've ever encountered.  I chose this audiobook on a whim, and I was so happy it didn't disappoint. 

The narrator, Drew Caidan, is phenomenal.  Their delivery and characters are on point.  I was laughing like a crazy person in the middle of the street while I was walking my dog at so many line deliveries that I got concerned looks from neighbors. 

What I absolutely love about this story is that Jack, the protagonist, is unapologetically queer and sexually active.  When Jack starts a blog on sexual advice, he is honest, real, and making sure everyone is safe.  He doesn't shy away from details, but always emphasizes important points like consent, talking, being honest, and how everyone is different (which doesn't mean bad, just different).  It's so casual, yet powerful and important.  It's done so well on both the author and narrator's parts.

But, when Jack starts receiving strange and creepy notes, blackmailing him, Jack and his friends begin placing clues together to track down the stalker.  Yes!  It's also a bit of a mystery novel.  What more can you ask for?