Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Boyfriends With Girlfriends
Why are so many gay/lesbian books stupid and disappointing?
I finally gave in and read Boyfriends With Girlfriends. It's one of those books that never really sounded good, but always showed up in my searches for LGBT young adult fiction at the library.
If you're looking for a book that will challenge views on bisexuality, then this is it. If, however, you're looking for a good story--something that will engage you and be interesting and gripping and have a plot...this is not it.
Craig Nybo said that if you have strong characters and zero plot, you can still be successful. And that is likely the reason this book was published in the first place. It has very strong characters. Unfortunately, it had no plot, and I think the strong characters were completely wasted.
The structure of this book was annoying. It follows four characters often giving the reader the same scene twice--because the scene happens presently with boy1 and boy2, then boy1 calls best friend to re-cap. THEN boy2 calls his best friend to re-cap again. This doesn't just happen once or twice to reveal important information, the book is redundant and repetitive--over and over again!
I finished the book...after skipping and skimming over sections. But, I have no desire to read another book by this author--which is a topic I'd like to explore tomorrow. So, come back ready to leave comments about whether or not it's worth it to publish your book if you're not absolutely sure it's your very BEST work.
Have you read any books lately?
What are some good ones?
Which ones should I avoid?