Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Review - Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez

Boyfriends with Girlfriends

By:  Alex Sanchez
Published By:   Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Published Date:  April 19th 2011
Pages:   Hardcover 224
Tags:  Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, GLBT

First Line - eARC:  Lance tapped the beat of A Chorus Line's "What I Did for Love" on Allie's bedroom door.

Why the Mad Scientist read this book:  Mad Scientist requested this read from Simon & Schuster's eGalley grab for something that I never heard a thing about.  I was completely clueless about this read when I started it!  Boy was I surprised!

Concoction of a review:
Alex Sanchez is the author.  Suburbia is the place.  Lance, Allie, Sergio and Kimiko are the teens.  Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender is the genre.  Mad Scientist is the reader.

This small group are maneuvering through high school while trying to figure out their sexual identities.  The story starts to move along with best friend duos.  Lance is on the swim team and very proud of being gay.  Yes, he is way out of the closet.  His best friend, Allie, has been in a long term relationship with her boyfriend and is starting to question their bond. Bisexual Sergio, just got out of a relationship with a girl and Kimiko is our part Japanese lesbian who hasn't had a real relationship.  Oh la la... 

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Our first odd couple is Lance and Sergio.  The relationship is on the edge of a rocky cliff from the start due to odd relationship baggage and different sexuality views.  Lance believes that bisexuality is a cop out, yet he finds himself attracted to Sergio and learns more of the this type of sexuality.

Allie is a working out a way to talk to her intended on how she feels their relationship is lacking.  Meanwhile, she meets Kimiko when she goes with Lance to meet Sergio on a mall date.  The girls become friends immediately.  However, Allie gets that weird feeling that maybe there is something deeper going on with her.  

I don't want to go too much deeper since this book comes out tomorrow. (April 19th 2011)

Alex Sanchez is not a writer for all.  He hits a very hard subject which some will have a hard time digesting.  His style of writing is unlike anything else.  He has a rotating POV that changes within chapters and sometimes even within a conversation.  If you do not pay attention reading this book I do believe you will look up and say "who just said that" to yourself.  However, the Mad Scientist found herself liking this style.  It proved to keep my wandering mind engaged on a heavy topic in a light way.

       4.01 Blasts
There was a great multi cultural cast of characters who were exploring their sexuality in a cute awkward believable way.

eArc Quote: 
Allie lifted her fingertips and brushed them lightly across Kimiko's eyebrow.  -- pg 133

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  1. I never heard of this before, but it sounds interesting. I might pick it up as well. Great review, Mad Scientist :)

  2. I keep seeing this around, thanks for the great review, now I know more of what it's about!


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