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Review: ‘Fan Art’ by Sarah Tregay

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Fan Art’ by Sarah TregayFan Art by Sarah Tregay
Published by Harper Collins, Katherine Tegen Books on June 17th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
three-stars
When the picture tells the story…

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.

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review

Jamie loves Mason, and he doesn’t even know how he can tell him. When fangirls from the Art club decide to create a comic strip that wholly resembles the two, that’s when Jamie gathers courage to tell his best friend the truth. That he’s gay and in love with him. Will he accept him or not?

Starting a book that has two boys as a couple is new and refreshing. Having it be the main character’s best friend tended to be problematic. There’s nothing worse than being friends with someone you’re in love with. And this was the biggest issue that Jamie goes through. You see him struggle with his feelings and it was so hard for him. How much he felt especially when he was around him. Of course, I was cheering for them to get together every second I was reading. It was just so cute. Obviously, you know as a reader that they both care for each other very deeply, and that it took a while for them to realize it. It’s like one of those movies that you keep watching just so you can see them kiss in the end. I thought the book’s length was just right, neither was it too long or too short. The story develops in comfortable pace, but I just felt bored at some parts only because nothing really happens much except their daily lives. I just wanted to know if the two would get together and that was the main reason why I kept on reading. Did I mention that I love that he designs magazine pages? So lovely to see in a book and to know what they’re talking about!

If you love your cute contemporaries, be sure to pick this one up. Fan Art had me smiling and laughing all through out the book. Definitely recommend for a light-heart read!


reading progress

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quotes

We told ourselves it was okay to love our friends—in a teasing, mocking way, of course.
This is why I don’t date girls. They’re weird. They talk about everything and assume you want to too. I don’t get it.
Nothing brings down the wrath of God faster than two girls kissing.
And it’s a story about being picked on. It’s about feeling different from everyone else. Everyone feels that way.
It’s not about being gay or straight. It’s about finding an ally in a sea of bullies, finding love in a storm of hatred.
Nothing ever quite compares to the first time you fall in love.
If people didn’t care, if love was love.
Then decide that the best way to get rid of horny girls is to ignore them.
Picasso’s people always look like they’re about to fall apart.
Honesty is part of art.
You stood up for yourself—came out for what you believed in.
We should keep moving ahead. No matter how impossible it seems, no matter what you’ve lost.
Maybe losing someone close to you isn’t the end of everything. Maybe it makes you stronger.

rating

3/5

three-stars

4 Comments

  1. Jaime Lynn

    November 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I love the incredibly cute cover and the comic strip! Sounds like a cute story

    • giselle

      November 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      It’s so cute! I liked it a lot

  2. Megan McDade

    November 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    This sounds like such a cute read!

  3. Patty @ Bookish Wanderlove

    November 5, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Great review! I have this on my TBR list on Goodreads yet for some reason I never realized what it was about! By any chance was is it told from both Jamie and Mason’s perspectives?

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