JAY’S GAY AGENDA (JAY’S GAY AGENDA #1) BY JASON JUNE
Genre: YA, Queer, Contemporary
Rating: 3.93 stars (Goodreads)
Summary: There’s one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he’s a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda.
Then, against all odds, Jay’s family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he’s found where he truly belongs, where he can flirt with Very Sexy Boys and search for love. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he’ll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones…because after all, life and love don’t always go according to plan.
From debut novelist Jason June comes a moving and hilarious sex-positive story about the complexities of first loves, first hookups, and first heartbreaks—and how to stay true to yourself while embracing what you never saw coming.
Jay’s the only boy out in his town and it been miserable for that until one day his parents tell him they are moving to Seattle. In Seattle Jay sees an opportunity to become the person he wants and cross from his list of wishes all the gay stuff he had had in mind for a long time. Only life isn’t as easy as it seems and things get a bit difficult while living the dream.
When i first read about this book it seemed it was gonna be a fluffy book and i was all in for that. Only, when i started reading it wasn’t as fluffy as i expected. Yes, this book has a lot of tender moments, and some really adorable and adorkable characters but it has some stuff i wasn’t that excited about after all.
But first, this is an incredibly easy book to read, it’s fun and quirky and it never stops for a moment. Like something was happening all the time, you don’t have the “okay… this is pointless” feeling at any moment. Which was a huge YES for me. I felt this book was written by someone who really wanted their readers to have fun with the book.
For a YA book it felt a little too sexual. I’m not just saying this. Lately i’ve noted a difference with new books which are bolder on the topic. I understand young adults want to read about this kind of stuff and it’s relevant for many people, but not for me. I prefer books where this isn’t as explicit or so much talked about. I’m looking for romance when i read this kind of books not lust. If i wanted lust i’d read new adult or adult books.
Also, i had this problem with the “agenda” (the list of things he want to do) being present in every chapter, like the character will repeat it in every single chapter. When the book was over i knew it by heart and it felt a bit annoying to me.
As for the characters as i already said. Many of them were really lovable. I did like Jay a lot, even if he wouldn’t shut up about his list, and Albert was a sweetheart. I also really loved Max, he seemed the most fun character. I didn’t care much for the other characters, even not for Lu, Jay’s bets friend from the old town.
At times i gotta admit i prefered and would want to know more about Max’s side story, like i’d love to read a book about him and his story.
I don’t regret reading the book, and i’m actually looking forward for the next one (the book it’s supposed to have a continuation) but i’m not the biggest fan. I gave it only 3 stars, mostly because at times i felt uncomfortable with what i was reading.
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