Friday, February 22, 2019

ARC Review: Jordan Vs All The Boys by John Goode

Everyone has that one summer, the summer where you take your first steps into adulthood. The nights are longer, the songs are better, and the friends you make are forever. 
For Jordan, Brandon, Ethan, and Dominic, that summer is now. This pack of self-proclaimed nerds set out on an adventure that defines every young man’s life—the search for love, or at least what they think love is. 
As with all great quests there are pitfalls and challenges ahead of them and they will have to overcome their greatest enemy, their own egos. But the power of true friendship could give them the strength they need to complete their quest and win their prize.

Todd's rating:

If you're looking for pure, unadulterated YA fun, then this could be the book for you!

And, yes, it was FULL-ON, in-your-face YA.

It had loads of angsty, teen drama, horrible decisions, followed by some more horrible decisions, then Jordan finally seeing the light, pulling his head out of his ass, and coming out the other side, only slightly worse for wear.

Jordan's antics with his friends, then various romantic interests, first had me laughing insanely hard. Boys really are stupid creatures, right down to their very cores.

Then, as I very much recognized Jordan's newbie gay behavior, sweet Jesus, I was sitting on my hands and grinding my teeth as I read.

Yes, pretty much every gay boy I've ever met has been there, but fuuuuuck, reliving it on page really gave me a few vivid, cringe-worthy moments from my own semi-sordid past.

Jordan's experiences when joining Grindr and VGL were nothing short of hilarious, so read this book if only for those parts. I was dying.

The story not only concentrated on Jordan's first real foray into The Big Gay World of Sex and Romance, but also his homosexually-challenged friends looking for summer love, too.

Typically, throwing hetero romance into the middle of my M/M stories is a sure-fire way to set me off, but here I was thrilled to watch this pack of straight nerds fumble along, almost as awkwardly as Jordan did while searching for his man.

Yet, in spite of the many numerous mistakes the four best friends make over the course of the story, the moral of this tale is that learning to navigate in a romantic world and finding a mate is not a task for the weak or faint-of-heart.

And as the old saying goes, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.

You may even have to kiss ALL of the frogs, but in the end, love is worth it and you need to both persevere *and* enjoy the journey along the way. Warts and all.

4.75 hilarious and insightful stars.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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