Title: Jack of Hearts (and other parts)
Author: L. C. Rosen
Length: 368 pages
Published: October 30th 2018 by Penguin
Buy Link: Amazon UK
Riverdale meets Love, Simon in this fierce and fearless queer mystery.
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…
I enjoyed reading Jack of Hearts as it highlights a lot of issues with teens in particular, even in 2018/19. Being in high school is hard, I am sure everyone will agree there. Jack is gay, he is a bit of a party animal and his reputation precedes him, although not everything spoken in the rumour mill is true heck he likes to be talked about so really mind what he was supposed to have done at the last party.
Jack also writes an advice column on his friend’s blog and yes he may divulge a bit too much of his private life, but it does help the anonymous people he answers.
He starts receiving notes in his locker and it soon turns to be a full-on stalker. And when he turns to his headteacher for help, his prejudiced attitude says basically Jack has bought it all on himself and should just calm down.
In this book, we see how this affects Jack and how he deals with it, but there is also a lot of humour too, his friends are great, there is banter, tiffs and so much more. It was a great book.