Title: Camp

Author: LC Rosen

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.

But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much is he willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

What do you do when you are sixteen, you have met the dude of your dreams but you just aren’t his type? You change absolutely everything about yourself, obvs! Okay, well not really but changing aspects of yourself to be more ‘desirable’ is part of the story of Camp. Randy, our protagonist has had a major crush on Hudson for years. They bo9th attend a summer camp for LGBTQIA+ teens but Randy knows that he isn’t the kind of guy that Hudson usually goes for or would give a second glance to. So he sets himself off on the charm offensive and becomes someone new – Randy version 2.0. He is slightly different and this year he is determined to win over Hudson once and for all.

Camp is a wonderfully story from the author who gave us Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts). It is one of self discovery and of finding your own self worth. It shows us that the greatest way to make others love us is by loving ourselves. It has the feel good factor and makes you want to sprinkle kindness all over the places. It reminds us that if you celebrate all aspects of yourself then son will others. It reminds us all that we are worthy and if others cannot see that then they are not worth your time.

I love that YA fiction is leading the way with the LGBTQIA+ genre. These stories are relevant, important and, most of all they are providing a comfort to young adults who are finally being represented in a positive way in literature.

Camp by LC Rosen is available now.

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Title: Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Author: LC Rosen

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

‘My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.’

Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time.

His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy.

Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating.

They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Firstly, I would like to thank Simon Armstrong at Penguin Books for sending me a copy of Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen.

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is the LGBT story for the modern teen. The story follows Jack, an out an proud teenager who is unashamedly himself. He loves his friends, his mother and he loves…well likes…well tolerates high school. It would be remiss for us not to accept that high school can be a cruel place especially if you are perceived as different or not following the social “norm”.

Jack is asked by his best friend to start a help column for her blog about relationships. She gives him autonomy to talk about anything and everything, the more bodacious the better. Jack agrees (somewhat reluctantly) but starts to enjoy the act of helping others even if it is causing controversy in school.

While all this is happening Jack starts to receive love notes posted anonymously in his locker. At first he writes it off as a joke but when the notes start getting insidious and threatening, Jack begins to get scared. It is now a race to find out who is sending the notes before the anonymous person starts acting on their threats.

I absolutely loved Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen. It is an exciting and bold novel that I feel is set to lead the way for future LGBT YA stories. Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) takes braver steps than any LGBT YA fiction than I have ever read before and whilst it is arguable that this genre has taken a massive step up over the past few years it is hard to argue that Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is on the same level. It leaves them all trailing behind due mostly to its honesty and how it deals with the issue of sex.

For anyone who is struggling with their sexuality and how they are perceived in a society that is not necessarily accepting of difference then this book, for them, will be a game changer. I can honestly say that I have never read a book so bold, brave and bolshie. I loved it.

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen is available now.

For more information regarding LC Rosen (@LevACRosen) please visit www.LevACRosen.com.

For more information regarding Penguin Books (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.