Jeff Irwin and Brett Willson raised a fine son, Adam, in their unconventional, judgment-free family. But being the son of two dads has its challenges. Although Adam loves them, he's determined to prove he's not gay, like they are. To this end, he's become the star pitcher of his high school baseball team, a true jock.
Then Adam is suspended after he gets into a fight at school, and his dads find out his grades are slipping. Determined to put him back on track, they hire him a tutor: a short, nerdy kid named Trevor. Despite his resistance, soon enough Adam's worst nightmare comes true when he finds himself attracted to Trevor. This gives him a choice: follow his heart or become just another dumb jock.
©2013 Jeff Erno (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press
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"4.5 stars- Add some happy to your reading list"
Another Dumb Jock is a standalone sequel which focuses on the teenage son of the main characters from the first book. Told from a single first person POV, their son is a jock who identifies as straight at the beginning of the book. As I didn’t read the first book, I can’t compare or contrast the stories but I like the idea of revisiting a couple and their children 20 years later.
The author does a fantastic job capturing the voice, thoughts, and emotional turmoil of a teenager without creating an immature character who simply frustrates me. The dialogue feels very age appropriate and there were plenty of moments that made me laugh out loud, both as a parent and from Adam’s perspective. The flow was perfect. It was an easy, faster read with a steady pacing that kept me engaged every time I listened. As well written as Adam is, the narrator delivers an equally fantastic performance that embodies Adam’s youthful voice. His tone, speed, and the emotion in his voice brings the characters to life making it a truly enjoyable listen.
I don’t know that I’d consider this a lighthearted book because the author does confront quite a few ugly truths in the world, particularly with LGBT youth. However, the overwhelming hopeful tone left me with a warm heart and huge smile. The familial and peer based conflicts were well developed and relatable for all readers with complete resolutions. I really loved seeing the support and strength of Adam’s family unit. His character growth throughout the book showcased the effect his family’s bond had and his speeches brought tears to my eyes (happy tears). The romance in Another Dumb Jock is age appropriate, so you’re not going to be listening to a lot of steamy scenes play out. Rather, Mr. Erno delivers a YA romance that will leave you with a full heart and wide smile. This is definitely a feel-good story I’ll revisit when I need some happy in my day.
*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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