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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend

Book by Carrie Jones

Reviewed by Erykah Hudgens, BCCHS student

Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend is about a girl, Belle, who is in a long-term relationship with a guy named Dylan. She thinks they are in love and he means everything to her. They spend so much time together in school and out of school. As a senior, everything is going perfectly for Belle. One day, Dylan has a dark secret to tell Belle.

The title of this book is what caught my eye and as I started to read it made me love it more and more. This book has a lot of emotions in it: anger, frustration, guilt. Belle’s life is changed in a second with just a couple of words: “I’m gay.” This quote from the story means everything. Dylan expresses how he loves Belle, but he is just not in love with her or her gender.

The writing style of this book is suspenseful. There is a build up to everything. When Belle is told that Dylan is gay, she gets depressed thinking that everything they did was a lie, a scam; she felt used, like all this time she was just his experiment. Later on in the book, she finds a new guy that she is content with. Belle and Dylan remain friends.

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