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Even though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other's lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can't escape, but a struggling gay teen terriEven though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other's lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can't escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Robbie's future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer. As their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie finds solace in an online stranger known only as “Jimmy2416.” Between keeping Robbie's secret and saving him from taking his life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a brother he barely knows, or pursue his own path. How far is Robbie willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to go to help him?...

Title : Jerkbait
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ISBN : 9781631630668
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Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Jerkbait Reviews

  • Natasha
    2019-02-27 23:34

    1.5 stars.Spoilers.Ridiculous. This book was completely ridiculous. And I want to say that I believe the author is a good writer and it's likely me who just didn't enjoy this. I would probably still try something else by this author, but this really didn't work for me.This book should've been called: Every Bad Thing To Possibly Happen to a Gay Teen Happens to TristanAdmittedly, I liked this at first. First few chapters weren't perfect with the forced "conflict" between brothers. It was really only just briefly mentioned. Like, "Yeah, we used to fight all the time but now things seem to be changing." I can't feel the change with the main character if I'm only told of all previous conflict.Take OTT conflict, idiots characters, completely unsound logic, every plot twist from gay YA novels and throw them together in a blender. Shit, sorry. Forgot to mention random rape plot twist from no where and also random (LITERAL) twin telepathy which sneaks its way in for a solid 3% of the book at around 85% of the book. I'm talking literal telepathy. They have conversations in their heads. With one another. Just once, and then never again. All I can write about this is: ??????????????I found the parents ridiculous, but not because they were awful (which they were) but because they were completely 2-dimensional, almost to the degree of being comical. Their boys are 18 but still they punish them like they're 6. It's even called out in the book, but somehow both of these 18 year old boys overlook this because.... uh, I'm not sure. Oh, the dad bought one of them some tickets to a musical. And they won't buy the other kid hockey equipment if he doesn't sleep in a bunk bed with his brother. One can only assume said bunk bed is military-grade since I have no idea where else you'd get a bunk bed large enough.I loved the premise, and it actually got me to read a tiny bit about hockey. But this book was like the first draft of some writing assignment which aimed to be as extreme and OTT as possible.Take, for example, this kid trying to kill himself--what--three or four times? In different ways? Parents do nothing, friends don't seem to notice, brother knows and does nothing because he whores himself out for some tickets for a play. Coach doesn't notice, teachers at school don't notice. Sonny boy just keeps on trying to off himself and everyone is like, "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?" It's supposed to be emotional for the reader, I think, but it just came out as fucking dumb. It's TOO MUCH! The parents were too much, Heather was too much, Robbie trying to kill himself numerous times without anyone trying to help him was too much, the rape was too much, and finally, the random twin telepathy was way, way, way too much.I think the writing is good and there were enjoyable bits. But they were completely consumed in the tar pit of ugh which was the entire rest of the This cover is awesome

  • Cayce
    2019-03-06 18:20

    I'm honestly not the person to write negative reviews, but in this case I feel like it's warranted. After reading a few reviews on goodreads before the release, I was really excited to read this book. I'm always looking for good LGBT novels and this one seemed interesting in regards to it dealing with homophobia in professional sports. I'm not even sure I can express how severely disappointed I am.This may seem over exaggerated and blunt but I honestly felt like I was reading a first draft of someone's really angsty fanfiction. I'm sorry, that seems so mean but it's just the truth. It started off a little over dramatic but promising, but by halfway through I just couldn't believe these amateur plot devices. It read like an early episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Overall the conflicts with Robbie and Tristan did not seem realistic. I'm not doubting that these things happen but all of them, in rapid succession, to these characters? Not to mention the twins would out of the blue start to have new character traits and not in a good, natural character progression sort of way? Almost every Bad thing that would happen to Robbie seemed like a caricature of every ~gay horror story~ you hear about growing up.Now SPOILER ALERT. I'm not gonna put this paragraph under a spoiler format because if you are planning on going into this book, you need to know these things: As I was getting tired of seemingly OOC story twists and overly dramatic reactions to everything, they had to go and add not only a Catfish Internet predator RAPE plot but also supernatural twin telepathy?!???? I honestly can't believe I typed that with my own hands. Also, I'm assuming this book is supposed to be current day? or at least recent? but it was clearly written by someone who isn't up to date on how teens live in 2015/2016. I'm serious, the internet predator storyline was literally just like those Very Special Internet Safety Episodes of every teen show ever made in the early 2000s. I was constantly like, "What year is this supposed to be?" Tumblr is popular enough for a mention? It definitely detracted from the reliability of the text. WAIT I just remembered that someone had a NHL '16 video game so it's definitely 2015. Yeah, no. It reads like it's 2003. I'm not even gonna touch on the Mom (and honestly the Dad too) and their rampant racism and homophobia that stems from yet another hurtful LGBT trope. Like honestly the more I'm typing out the problems I had with this book the more I'm honestly mad I spent time reading it. All in all? If you're a veteran of LGBT literature and are tired of the same tropes and horrible angst (even though this story has a "happy" (forced) ending) PLEASE AVOID. Also if you're newer or younger and are exploring LGBT lit please know this isn't the only option for you. I'm sorry that this review is harsh but I just feel like it was talked up as this incredibly progressive and thought provoking story but instead I got angst turned up to 11 and every tired sad/cruel LGBT trope in the book.

  • Mia Siegert
    2019-03-21 17:30

    #1 New Release in Teen & Young Adult LGBT Issues Fiction on #3 New Release in Teen & Young Adult Gay and Lesbian Fiction on Amazon.comThe #JERKBAIT Playlist is featured on Books and Ladders. Check it out and listen on Spotify.What Others Have to Say about JERKBAIT (Updated 3/19/16): "Every athlete, parent and high school kid, gay or straight, will see some of themselves reflected in Jerkbait’s teammates and families. So will every ally who wants to see change. Jerkbait is gutsy, urgent, raw and hopeful." - Brian Kitts, Co-Founder, You Can Play."Jerkbait was an excellent read on the complex issues facing LBGTQ athletes, as well as their families, featuring complex, believable characters who would not be out of place in any high school across America." - Chris Kluwe, Former NFL Player, LGBTQ Rights Activist, and Author of Prime: A Genesis Series Event"JERKBAIT is an intriguing look into the world of both parents and kids as they try to navigate the difficult path to the [NHL] draft. A cautionary tale and a must read for parents and kids alike." - Patrick O'Sullivan, Former NHL Player, Child Safety Advocate, and Author of Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph."Issues like bullying and Internet predators are explored, and Mia Siegert isn’t afraid to go there and get ugly, get dark. As a reader, I appreciated her honesty. As a writer, I was in awe of her talent (...) Electric and explosive, yet soft and nuanced, JERKBAIT is a powerhouse of a debut that is bound to leave a mark on the world of YA lit." - Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of FIRSTS"Mia Siegert’s Jerkbait presents a vivid picture of adolescent life as it’s lived today, from high school feuds to Facebook romance and beyond. Her account of the twins Tristan and Robbie, conjoined and yet separate, is poignant in the real sense: sharply drawn, pointed, and piercing." —David Galef, award-winning author, How to Cope with Suburban Stress"Mia Siegert's poignant, vibrant first novel deals with issues of sexual orientation, which makes it very timely, and with issues of the human heart, which makes it timeless." —Mark Spencer, award-winning author, A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House

  • Chelsea Sedoti
    2019-02-28 19:22

    You know how there are books that are impossible to read passively? Instead, the whole time you’re reading you’re going a little crazy because you want to leap into the pages and actually interact with the characters. JERKBAIT was like that.I wanted to hug Robbie and Tristan because I was so sad for them, and shake their parents for screwing up so horribly, and slap Heather for… well, you should probably read and find out for yourself. Tristan, the narrator, is smart, funny, and overall a good guy. But he’s also flawed. Why wouldn’t he be? The poor kid never had a chance. Growing up in the house with a superstar brother has ensured that his own wants and needs will never come first. He’s lived his life as the lesser part of a package deal. The most heartbreaking thing about Tristan’s situation is that he accepted defeat long ago. He’s so used to being second best that it hardly even phases him anymore. Despite Tristan’s struggles, Robbie is the truly tragic character in the novel. He’s tormented by his sexuality, fearing that if he’s openly gay, he’ll ruin his chances at become a professional hockey player. If he speaks up, he loses everything he’s ever dreamed of. If he stays quiet, he loses himself—his secret will eat him up. I worry I’m making it sound like this book is one depressing moment after another—which is absolutely not the case. It’s also funny. Even when he’s sad, Tristan’s wit comes through strong. My favorite books are the ones that use humor to offset the sad situations, and JERKBAIT certainly succeeds at this. With the current cry for diversity in YA novels, I know JERKBAIT is going to get attention because it features a gay athlete. Because I feel a lot will be said on that topic elsewhere, I want to focus on something else here. To me, the book is important not only because it shows the struggles of a gay athlete, but because it shows the struggles of young athletes in general. So often, high school athletes are treated like gods. Imagine being a kid in that situation. Imagine everyone—your friends and parents and teachers—expecting you to live up to this standard. And imagine how it would feel if you failed. Come on, let’s face it. High school is hard enough without that kind of insane pressure. How is a teenager supposed to cope with feeling like they let down everyone they know? How are they supposed to cope with someone else laying out their whole lives for them, with never being seen as an individual and all their worth coming from their athletic prowess?This book was a fantastic exploration of high school athletics, and I hope it ends up in the hands of kids who have been in the same position as both Robbie and Tristan. Actually, maybe I should go a step beyond that and say I hope it gets into the hands of parents too. In closing, I think at its core, this book is about accepting who you are. Maybe you’re a drama nerd. Maybe you’re a star hockey player. Either way you’re a complex human with your own sets of experiences, likes, dislikes, wants and needs. And that deserves to be celebrated.

  • Vitor Martins
    2019-03-05 18:26

    Terminei de ler Jerkbait e me sinto exausto. Aqui nós acompanhamos a história de dois irmãos gêmeos: um hétero apaixonado por teatro musical e um gay apaixonado por hockey. Logo de cara eu fiquei empolgado com a escolha da autora de quebrar os esteriótipos e mostrar os conflitos da relação desses dois personagens. Mas a cada capítulo que eu lia, meu amor pela história ia morrendo e no final eu estava desesperado de tanta raiva. Existem inúmeras coisas que eu odiei nesse livro, então decidi fazer uma lista:- O livro é narrado pelo ponto de vista do irmão hétero, que não tem carisma nenhum, toma decisões estúpidas o tempo todo e não faz um esforço mínimo para mudar isso. - O irmão gay tenta suicídio ao longo do livro VÁRIAS VEZES e a autora aborda o tema de uma maneira irresponsável e rasa. Não existe nenhum momento na história em que nós realmente compreendemos os sentimentos do irmão gay porque como tudo é visto pela lente do irmão hétero, o suicídio é sempre tratado com fraqueza e covardia. - O protagonista ama escrever. Todos dizem que suas fanfics são MARAVILHOSAS. Os textos dele que são mostrados no livro são bem ruins. - Os pais são babacas. Isso não é um problema, claro. Minha Metade Silenciosa tem os piores pais que eu já li na minha vida e ainda assim é um livro excelente. Mas aqui temos pais malvados retratados como VILÕES DA DISNEY. É muito cruel, muito difícil de acreditar e muito doloroso ler a relação dessa família. - Plot twist ruim. Nos momentos finais, quando eu só queria que a dor de ler esse livro acabasse, a autora joga na nossa cara um suspense absurdo, corrido e mal resolvido. Não quero dar spoilers mas, como se já não bastasse tratar de suicídio como se fosse gripe, ela joga outro tema forte. Não desenvolve. E resolve em 2 páginas. - DRAMA ALL OVER IT. É de se esperar drama em uma história com um gay que tenta suicídio diversas vezes, mas o que mais me irritava era que o drama sempre girava em torno do hétero. Diálogos de novela teen. "Sai do meu quarto!!!" "Some da minha vida!!!!!" "Eu odeio vocês!!!!!" etc. Os personagens gritam o tempo todo e mesmo quando eu parava de ler eu conseguia ouvir eles gritando dentro da minha cabeça. Juro. 70% dos diálogos desse livro são GRITADOS e não falados. - Coisas que estão óbvias desde a página 1 e quando o protagonista descobre ele fica WOW EU NÃO SABIA DISSO!!!!!! porque ele é tão clueless que dá desespero.- Clichês como a menina que o protagonista gosta ter que se tornar uma backstabbing bitch, para que ele possa dar uma chance para a outra amiguinha, não tão bonita, mas muito mais legal. - INSTALOVE :) - E muito mais!!!!!!!!!!Eu não gosto de avaliar livros com 1 estrela mas, sério, esse livro foi uma coletânea de tudo que eu odeio em livros no geral.

  • Naz (Read Diverse Books)
    2019-03-25 18:10

    Jerkbait reminded me why I still read and love YA Fiction. The writing was superb and the characters were all complex and believeable. I loved everything about this story!Please buy it and read it.

  • Caleb Roehrig
    2019-02-25 18:24

    JERKBAIT is one of those novels that tackles a TON of very serious and very dark subjects - teen suicide, bullying, homophobia, abuse, internet predators - but does so without ever becoming a depressing read. On the contrary, this novel, about two brothers struggling to find themselves in the face of intense pressure to match up to others' expectations, is filled with hope and humor. The twins at the heart of the story both evince an incredible amount of courage as they fight to define and embrace what will make them happy, and the overall message is inspiring.Mia Siegert has an incredible handle on the kind of everyday psychological brutality that teenagers endure at the hands of fickle friends and oblivious parents, and on how the instinct for self-sabotage can be irresistible when you're already hurting. She has, as well, an uncanny ability to make even these painfully familiar horrors of adolescence somehow so emotionally satisfying that you can't wait for the next one to rear its head. Even when I was cringing and sweating and silently screaming at JERKBAIT's villains in my mind, I could not. Stop. Reading.What is arguably the most important aspect of Siegert's work, however, is the spotlight it throws on the plight of gay athletes, particularly at the high school level. In an environment where the performance of masculinity is tangled up with a million other bits of codified repressive social behavior, and where teen boys police each other ruthlessly and sometimes violently, the risk of depression and self-harm is excruciatingly high. I sincerely hope that this book finds its way into the hands of every gay high school athlete, so that they might know they are not alone.

  • Paul
    2019-02-25 16:10

    Glee has so much to answer for...*UPDATE* I've re-read this book and am changing my review by a whole star - sorry this reads so badly on a second pass through and bits I either blanked out or skipped over are so bad (the whole end 1/4 of the book) I have bumped it down. Don't bother with this book... for better books see the end of my review *END UPDATE*This book could have been interesting and well developed yet it sadly suffers from some of the worst gay related tropes I have read for a while. This book has many of the same issues which crop up repeatedly in m/m romance - the TRAGIC GAY ™ often found in titles which have been written by women for women.The gay character is only there as the ‘emotional porn’ for a female audience. Rather than making the reason for Robbie's multiple suicide attempts, the crushing parental pressure put on him due to his future (possible) hockey career; it has been made into a 'gay' issue - TRAGIC GAY ™ closeted teen blah, blah, blah. But don’t worry – this book isn’t really about the gay jock but the straight musical theatre loving identical twin brother – I know, why focus on the book on the TRAGIC GAY ™, when it can be about the clueless brother, who has all the personality and emotional resonance of a potted palm. The parents and friends are just as bad, this book had many chances to redeem itself but it never pulls it off. This book not only has TRAGIC GAY ™ but also includes PREDITORY GAY ™ which is a bonus (don’t worry TRAGIC GAY ™ is saved due to a psychic link – because, you know, twins...). Well at least this doesn’t have INSTALOVE™... Oh! Wait? Bugger!; well at least I have a full house in trope BINGO!It would have been more interesting to have this as a gay with a non 'gay' issue (i.e. that the cause of the problem was NOT his sexuality). That would have made this book better. If you want a gay related jock book try ‘Out of the Pocket’ by Bill Konigsberg or for a gay brother/straight brother book try ‘What They Always Tell Us’ by Martin Wilson.

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-03-12 17:17

    I'm very pleased with how much I ended up liking this book! Tristan was a really likeable main character, and I was especially fond of him because i'm a sucker for wallflower protagonists who observe and rarely devote to the action or conversation unless there's a necessity to. In this particular case, a story about a boy watching the unfolding drama of his twin brother coming out as gay in a sports world, it was even more interesting. The dynamic between Robbie and Tristan was so believable and touching. Furthermore, I think this may be one of the most realistic books I have read on teens in high school. From the events to the dialogue to the bullying, everything is realistically without exaggeration, and it was enjoyable. Sometimes the dialogue had its corny moments, and sometimes Tristan would make blatantly unwise decisions, but it was still really easy to get into the characters' heads and see why they do what they do. I love that this book plays around with gender stereotypes, homophobia, and even racism. It's a very diverse read that I think is really important for teens to be reading. The only downfall, I think, is that the climax is a bit random. There wasn't enough development of the particular conflict that occurred, otherwise it might have been more interesting and shocking. But besides the lackluster and somewhat random ending, it still left me very satisfied and I would recommend this to anyone searching for a very emotional book about brotherhood, depression, and LGBT rights.

  • Laurie Flynn
    2019-03-22 18:13

    So, JERKBAIT was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases. And it’s kind of ironic, because the main characters in the book are hockey players, and I’m a Canadian who knows nothing about hockey. What I was more interested in were the themes in this book, especially how gay athletes are treated in this sport. I wanted to see how the author, Mia Siegert, portrayed this treatment through her characters. What I got was a book that’s bold, brave, and unflinchingly honest. A book that’s also sensitive and made my heart ache. A book that has catapulted itself to one of my favorite 2016 YA reads. In JERKBAIT, Mia Siegert handles so much so well. Twin brothers Tristan and Robbie are both hockey players, but Robbie is the superstar—he’s the one who is guaranteed to be a draft pick and has a bright, shiny future ahead of him in the NHL. So when Tristan finds his brother in the bathroom after a suicide attempt, he has no idea why Robbie would try to end a life that’s only just beginning. Tristan wants Robbie to get help, but their parents don’t want to do anything that would damage Robbie’s potential—which includes admitting his depression. Reading this made me unbearably sad. Robbie is put on such a pedestal, but really, his life on skates is all anyone but Tristan seems to care about. People want to be part of Robbie’s glory, to live in his orbit, to reach greatness with him—but they have no clue how dark it is inside his head. I don’t want to say too much and give anything away, because this story goes a lot of places, some of which I did not expect at all. Issues like bullying and Internet predators are explored, and Mia Siegert isn’t afraid to go there and get ugly, get dark. As a reader, I appreciated her honesty. As a writer, I was in awe of her talent. I was so invested in Tristan and Robbie as characters. Tristan is trying to forge his own path—while he’s good at hockey, it’s not his passion, and he’s interested in trying out for musical theater, despite the flack he gets for admitting it. Robbie absolutely loves the game, but everything is tainted for him because he doesn’t feel like he can be the person he really is—he’s terrified that coming out will ruin his career before it even starts. That he even feels he has to choose between doing what he loves and being honest with himself is heartbreaking. He’s a different person in public than he is behind closed doors because he thinks he has to be. The scenes where Tristan and Robbie are able to relate to each other and summon the courage to defend each other made me want to get up and cheer. They’re more than characters to me. They’re real people. I’m sure that so many athletes in real life will be able to relate to them and their struggles. These readers will be able to see each other in Tristan and Robbie and hopefully gain strength because of it. I want this book to find its way into the hands of teen athletes everywhere, no matter what their sexual orientation. The words between these pages are an important lesson. Electric and explosive, yet soft and nuanced, JERKBAIT is a powerhouse of a debut that is bound to leave a mark on the world of YA lit.

  • KaylaCub
    2019-03-13 20:33

    SO freakin' excited for this to come out!

  • Carly
    2019-03-13 18:28

    Identical twins were supposed to share so much, but we might as well have not been related.As far as first chapters go, I can't recall a book hooking me in after a mere couple of pages like Jerkbait did. This was because of how excellently Sergent illustrates the dynamics of Tristan's family life. It really aided the story, even if it was just a brief introductory look at his family. However it really enables the reader to get an idea of the characters and it gives the reader contextJerkbait deals with a plethora of heavy subjects such as suicide, homophobia, gender stereotyping, racism and elements of physical and emotional abuse. If you haven't read this book that list may seem overwhelming. However, in the context of the story they're all interconnected issues. Sergent balances these topics extremely well and depicts a true to life experience of a high schooler dealing with these issues.Tristan is such a likeable character and that makes for an excellent protagonist. As the younger, overshadowed twin, he is somewhat bitter that his parents have orchestrised his life to revolve around Hockey. Tristan finds solace in acting and musical theatre, and as he finds himself through these activities, he begins to step out from his brothers shadow and become his own person.Furthermore, through Tristan's eyes we see Robbie's tragic story unfold, and while Tristan becomes increasingly interested in musical theatre, his brothers mental health becomes increasingly unstable. Initially the relationship between the brothers appears to be less than friendly, but they are forced together by their parents and Tristan essentially becomes responsible for Robbie. Although they encounter some unfortunate situations, watching their relationship blossom was undoubtedly my favourite aspect of the story.Jerkbait also features a variety of side characters that aren't ignored by the author and many of them contribute to the plot's development. Although a portion of them are extremely unlikeable. Sometimes it can be frustrating to read but looking at the bigger picture they were definitely written this way as other characters like Keisha and Chad are likeable characters.Lastly, the reason why I couldn't give this book full stars was due to the ending. There are several elements to it that is quite abrupt. It was an interesting concept but seeing as it hadn't been discussed earlier in the novel at all, the entirety of it was a little out of nowhere.Ultimately this was an incredibly heartwarming read and despite the abrupt ending, I encourage anyone with an interest in contemporary or LGBT themes to give this book a go. This book will undoubtedly feature on my favourites of 2016.

  • Allison
    2019-03-23 19:36

    Well, I'm a Rangers fan. And you see the rating. That's how great this very Devils-centric book is. This is essentially a very painful book about two brothers who are both trying to find themselves and come to grips with their identities. To boil it down to the basics, Robbie is gay and anxious about coming out in a sports environment, and Tristan doesn't want to play hockey at all and would rather do theater. They have little in common, but as the book progresses their bond really strengthens and it's so beautiful to see. I cried ONCE (SHOCKINGLY since I thought I would cry several dozen times) (view spoiler)[ during the cafeteria scene where Robbie comes to Tristan's defense against some football players.(hide spoiler)] You kinda want to hug them both for the entirety of the novel. This was also a surprisingly funny book. Tristan made for a charming, but flawed, narrator, and there were quite a few laugh out loud and feel-good moments to balance the emotional stress I was experiencing. Siegert tackles so many important topics: suicide, bullying, homophobia, shitty overbearing sports parents, etc etc. You'll end up having strong feelings towards ALL of the supporting characters too, because it's THAT KIND OF TERRIBLY WONDERFUL BOOK. (view spoiler)[ HEATHER WAS SUCH A BITCH I STILL WANT TO STRANGLE HER and Keisha :'333 ^_^ was such a cinnamon roll, I want to hug her until the end of time.(hide spoiler)]I would give it a solid rating of 5 Derek Stepan Playoff Celebrations.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • endofmarch
    2019-03-19 22:16

    I am weak for sibling, especially twins, stories, and weak for hockey, and enjoy YA with LGBT characters, so even if the summary seemed a bit too overly dramatic for me I decided to give it a shot.My first impression was right. It's way WAY too dramatic for me. Felt like reading the book equivalent of a teenage soap. It's not so much the depressed, suicidal brother (3 attempts), or the slightly self-centred and neglected other brother. It's not the neglectful, abusive, overly focused on getting their one son into the NHL over getting him help parents. It's not the overly stereotypically backstabbing girl at school. It's not the internet predator that ends up kidnapping (and raping) one of them. It's not the hazing and bullying at school and especially from the other guys in the hockey team over homosexuality. It's not the constant dropping names of music, and technology, and events that feels like it's going to be dated real fast. It's ALL OF THOSE THINGS TOGETHER IN THE SAME BOOK.Add to that a very average to bad prose, and how I could just not be sympathetic to the narrator at times, and yeah. Definitely Not For Me.The thing is, though, I read it in two days. It's a fast easy read and I could have stopped at any time but I didn't, so there was something compelling in it, in the end. And it's probably why I give it 2 stars over one. That and because I am weak for sibling and hockey stories.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-20 23:18

    this was such a.......weird book. i feel off about such abusive parenting being not fully addressed. and the "twin telepathy" thing that started happening toward the end of the book was so completely out of nowhere and jarring that i couldn't help but laugh. like, what, was that. it was nice enough for robbie to get a happy ending with the boy he liked but that also came out of nowhere. actually yeah i think that's a running theme throughout this entire book, like, tristan's best friend heather just randomly transforming into this hideous monstrosity of a person. it was over the top in and of itself but mostly because there was no motive behind it??? people don't just act that evil for no reason. there were /hints/ of her being a manipulative and jealous person and if that had been explored in any sort of depth that all maybe her mustache twirling villainy would have been believable.and there was robbie's violent outburts toward his brother that were also just brushed off like idk it's like the author was just introducing all this super weird dark shit and then being like : ))) the end :))) everyone happy now :))))) but that's not how the force works. things need to be ADDRESSED. and like, PROCESSED, and DEALT WITH, and RESOLVED, the narrative. this book was so weird.

  • Wendy MacKnight
    2019-02-23 23:35

    I couldn't put this book down! The story of two hockey-playing brothers, Tristan and Robbie, this book deals head-on with the issue of gay athletes, the stereotypes associated with sports & artistic endeavours. This book is a rollercoaster ride, and our hearts break for the two brothers, who initially not close at all, are thrust together after a suicide attempt. But should one brother be his brother's keeper? And if the students in their school are bigoted, they pale in comparison with the boys' parents who have invested everything in achieving a certain end at all costs. I actually know some hardcore hockey parents who live vicariously through their junior league hockey children, and while this may some far-fetched, it is actually pretty accurate. This book is all greys and nuance - the characters are three-dimensional and often do things we don't want them to do. Such an amazing debut and a book that deserves widespread distribution. I loved these boys and am still rooting for them!

  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    2019-03-13 23:17

    Actual Rating: 4.5*One of the best things about Jerkbait was that while it was dark and raw, it was also hopeful and witty -- oh, and super gay! I really enjoyed the look at how young sports athletes feel pressure to be The Best™ and To Succeed™. I also really liked that Tristan was trying to figure out his own shit while also helping Robbie deal with his. I loved how family dynamics were shown in this one.I loved the writing style. It was so easy to be in Tristan's head and understand his thoughts -- and also why he couldn't quite understand what Robbie was going through. I feel like it was really well done. I also really enjoyed that we were in Tristan's head because I have read a lot of books being in the head of the closeted person who wants to come out but can't and, because we got to see Robbie from the outside, it allowed us to see him as a person before seeing him as his sexuality.I have like nothing but praise for this one, tbh. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to everyone. The only thing I was meh about was the (view spoiler)[twin telepathy part (hide spoiler)] because I thought it was a bit hokey. But it wasn't enough to really take away from my reading, especially since this happened really only at the end.Pick this one up folks! I really enjoyed it and think everyone will as well.Read this as part of the #ReadProud Challenge.Books and Ladders | Queen of the Bookshelves | Books Are My Fandom | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin'

  • Asia Lee
    2019-02-28 23:28

    I hate giving one star on a book! I try and at least bump it up to two stars if it has some redeeming qualities to it...but this one really dumbfounded me. The characters weren't very believable and the plot was all over the place so that by the end it felt like it was three books mashed together. The characters weren't very believable, especially the parents, and even though so many bad things happened to the characters, because they were so two-dimensional, I didn't feel anything for them. I really wanted to like this read. The premise seemed interesting and I try to read as many books about LGBT+ themes and mental illness as I can, but by the end, It just felt like the only thing bringing the story to the end was tragic event after tragic event. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh but I really hated this book!

  • alis
    2019-02-26 18:23

    This book gave me so much feels. Motsly angry. Angry at their parents. Heather that bitch omg screw u angry at the people around them. The bullies. Etc etc. And i was sad too. Its like i want to hug Roddie and tell him everythink will gonna be okay everytime that thing happened and tell Tristan that hes the best people i know. I really like when hes angry after his mom asked Robbie to say that him being gay is just a lie. And hurayy, Heather deserve that lmaao. Im still didnt believe she did that to Tristan like are u kidding me?And Its really a good read, included sport issues that always caught my attention to read those kind of book, so 4 stars for this one.

  • Colleen Scidmore
    2019-03-18 22:23

    Jerkbait could have been a really good tackles some important issues like attempted suicide, trying to cope with coming out and letting the world know you're gay, being gay in sports. Those are all really important issues that I applaud the author for trying to taking on. I think the book got lost in the muddle of too many issues because there was also drama with Robbie's twin Tristan. It was just to much for one book. The other thing that kind of turned my nose up was the weird ass parents. Who the heck acts the way those two did. I guess it could happen it just felt odd. That and Tristan's friend Heather went from BFF to enemy number one without a real reason. WTH?! I read between the lines but it was still confusing. I really think if the book was thinned out a bit it could have been a very good story. It definitely was not boring I'll give it that, just loaded down with too much going on.

  • Rachel Mans Mckenny
    2019-03-22 17:26

    I finished this book in two big sittings because I just didn't want to put it down. Lots of themes deeply explored here: coming out, bullying, stereotypes, and authenticity. When I read the description, I was like, hm, hockey? I know nothing about hockey, but this book highlights so many important YA topics and does so in a way that anyone can appreciate (I loved all the musical theater stuff.... a lot.) A few odd things-- the ending twist threw me for a loop-- but over all, a great book about brothers (not enough of those) coming to terms with identity and their futures.

  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    2019-03-19 17:18

    Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the CloudsRight now I'm looking very hard for reasons why I shouldn't just give this book 5 stars and be done with it. Is it flawless? No. Are those flaws good reasons to lower my rating? Also no. Because I just loved this book so very much. So 5 stars it is.After a slur of disappointing and pretty-good-but-not-great books, I really needed a book that just blew all of them out of the water. I needed something great. I should've known that a LGBT book would do the trick. They usually do for me. But this one, this one is special. Is it on Simon VS level? No. But I don't think any book can reach that one for me. But Jerkbait does deserve a spot on my all-time faves list right next to it and The Serpent King. Because that's how much I loved it. Now maybe I should tell you why, huh?First off, this is a debut novel. No, correction. This is an impressive debut novel. Because it handles SO many tough topics and does it effortlessly. This book touches on things like teen suicide, bullying, homophobia, abuse, internet predators,... But they never make the book feel too heavy or sad. And I applaud Mia for that because that's a very hard thing to do. The writing is great. The conversations feel natural and real. I was SO excited to read this book and I'm glad I was finally able to. I can't wait to see what this author brings us next.Let's talk characters, shall we? Before I jump to my favorites, I have to note some things that kind of irked me. Robbie & Tristan's parents were absolutely horrible like 80% of the time. They ignored some pretty bad stuff for the sake of Robbie's career. And I just feel like they made a complete 180 quite suddenly near the end. It just felt weird to me. I hated Heather and I want to punch her so hard. I loved the friendship between Craig and Tristan, totally a BROTP for me. But I wished I'd seen more of Craig, same with Raiden. I also loved Keisha. Her romance with Tristan was unexpected but executed very realistically and it just felt very natural.Did I get everyone? Okay. Now the twins. I adored these two. Robbie and Tristan are twins, but they're very different from each other and they don't have much of a connection at first. I loved seeing how they grew together and how they bonded throughout the story. And I was absolutely giddy to see how connected they were by the end of it all. This made me want to have a twin, which I think is not possible anymore by now. Anyway. Tristan was the perfect choice to tell this story. At first I kinda wanted a second POV, Robbie's, but at the end I think it was good that it's only Tristan's. Because I loved going through this story with him and a second POV would probably have weighed down this book. But man, that cafetaria chapter around the middle. That got me. I was full on crying, tissues in hand. So be warned.In the end, Jerkbait is one of my highlights of the year so far, which I'm insanely happy to say because Mia is awesome and I love her. I highly recommend this book if you love YA Contemporary. So go read it at your earliest convenience.

  • Ari
    2019-02-26 22:22

    **mild spoilers**Tristan and Robbie are identical twin but their twiness (is that even a word? ^^) stop there. Telepathic thinking? Nope! Same interest? Nope! Tristan always been Robbie's shadow; the high school hockey star. Tristan play hockey as Robbie's winger but he always have his own dream: star of Broadway. And when Robbie tried to kill himself, their parent put them together in one room. The message was clear: Tristan have to look after Robbie. But how can Tristan help Robbie if they're been stranger to each other?Despite my 3* rating, I really did enjoy this story, 350 pages and I devoured in two sitting.Like I said before, I love reading about family, tho family here wasn't something that left you with warm feeling at first, but they came around in the end. The thing is some part of this story were too comical and black-and-white. The scene when Tristan's father talk on him to take the fall was like something Jim Carrey did in his movies. I was like "really?! Is this story meant something to be comedic?". And Heather, she's been Tristan's close friend for four years and suddenly she's turn into back-stabber friend. There's must be some quality of hers that Tristan befriended her for 4 years. Up until 75% of this story, I have to endure with most of characters' shittyness. Parent sucks, friends sucks, Tristan and Robbie were on their own. It took some creeper from the internet to finally made them come around. Well anyway, I'm looking forward for another story from this author.

  • Cale Dietrich
    2019-03-25 20:27

    JERKBAIT is a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite a while – and I’m happy to report that it totally lived up to my (high) expectations! It’s a serious book that tackles a lot of very serious issues, but it is also very easy to read, which was obviously achieved by some kind of sorcery (I’m on to you, Mia).The protagonist is Tristan, and he’s VERY likeable. He’s witty, a bit nerdy, and he has big dreams, so he’s my favourite kind of contemporary protagonist. Even though Tristan is the only character who gets a POV, this is the story of both Tristan and his twin brother, Robbie.Ohh, poor, poor Robbie. While reading, I could seriously feel all the pressure that was being put on him by almost everyone in the novel – so I could totally understand why he was starting to buckle. He’s attacked on multiple fronts, and Tristan is one of the very few people (possibly the only one) who truly supports him.This lead to a really interesting/engaging relationship between the brothers. In fact, the exploration of the relationship between the brothers is a big part of the reason I liked this book so much. Stories about brothers seem sort of uncommon in YA (at least it is in the YA that I've read) so I found this really refreshing and interesting. More brothers in YA, I say!Overall, this is a great, thought-provoking novel, and I can’t wait to read more from Mia Siegert!

  • Jillian
    2019-03-02 21:22

    The book was ok, I had some small, easy to overlook, issues with the book (I don't care who is saying it "rainbows, unicorns, and lisps, oh my" was not an appropriate way to describe another human being...), but it was a relatively enjoyable story. Till the end that is. (view spoiler)[1. telepathy? Seriously? 2. I am tired of the way books, especially high school sports books, always make it so the one jock that the gay character is fawning over is, of course, also gay, just closeted, and suddenly, on the last page... 3. The 2 fall in love. It's instalove, taken to a more absurd extreme, and instalove is pretty absurd to begin with. (hide spoiler)]I would have given the book 3 stars if not for the last couple chapters, but those last chapters completely ruined it for me. 2 stars might even be too nice.

  • Javi
    2019-03-18 22:14

    Very powerful book that deals with issues such as rampant homophobia and suicide, well written especially considering this is the author's debut novel and with well defined characters. Sadly the story starts to drag around the middle and then becomes mostly implausible. Had the author chosen to stay on the path she was on at the beginning, this would have been a sure winner. As it is, 3 stars is all I'm willing to give it.

  • Kristy Acevedo
    2019-03-07 15:19

    I received an eARC from my fellow JFP author. JERKBAIT was a pleasure to read. Tristan's character struggles with protecting his troubled sibling, dealing with his overbearing parents, and choosing his own path. The story is an honest portrayal of the homophobia in sports and the consequences of being ostracized and bullied.

  • Sanjiyan Unkara
    2019-03-09 19:37

    HAHA I READ IT FIRST SO FU BITCHES!(no seriously, I did. And this was posted with the full blessing of the author)

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  • Danielle (Love at First Page)
    2019-02-28 20:34

    This just shows that we need more stories about brothers in YA! Full review to come. :)