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    Sarah Tregay(Author),Melissa DeJesus(Illustrator)

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A sweet contemporary romance about a boy who falls in love with his best friend and the girls who help them get together.

Jamie Peterson has a problem: Even though he tries to keep his feelings to himself, everyone seems to know how he feels about Mason, and the girls in his art class are determined to help them get together. Telling the truth could ruin Jamie and Mason’s friendship, but it could also mean a chance at happiness. Falling in love is easy, except when it’s not, and Jamie must decide if coming clean to Mason is worth facing his worst fear.

In Fan Art, Sarah Tregay, the author of the romantic Love and Leftovers, explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most. Fan Art is perfect for fans of contemporary romances as well as novels like Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan and Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.

Gr 9 Up—Jamie has problems on top of problems. He's not out at school, he's just realized he's in love with his best friend, and everyone seems to know it. Will coming out and coming clean ruin not only the tail end of senior year, but the college future he's planned? This title provides gay teen readers with the sympathetic ache of romance that they may not find with run-of-the-mill heterosexual romantic fiction, and for that reason alone it should be included in collections that are trying to build their LGBQT content. However, as a novel on its own merits, this one falls flat. Outside of the central romantic longing, the relationships are poorly fleshed out and seem stilted and unrealistic. The main character's conflict around acceptance is strange considering all the concrete support demonstrated around him, especially juxtaposed with the challenges his closeted lesbian friend faces. The pacing and plotting are also odd, with events seeming to take place over months instead of days and then days instead of weeks. If a collection of YA LGBQT titles is well developed, there is no need for this uneven book.—L. Lee Butler, Stoughton High School, MA Jamie is perfectly happy to stay closeted at school, particularly when it comes to his best friend, Mason. If Mason found out he was gay—let alone probably in love with him—Jamie is sure that Mason would never speak to him again. So Jamie focuses on editing his school’s literary magazine, which is the perfect distraction—until someone submits a short comic (included) about two boys falling in love, and the lit-mag staff are divided over the homosexual content. As Jamie becomes more embroiled in the controversy and closer to new friends in the Gay-Straight Alliance, he feels mounting pressure to come out and admit his true feelings for Mason. In a light and earnest first-person narrative, Jamie reveals his insecurities and the walls he constructs to protect himself, and it’s gratifying to watch him gain confidence and choose to not hide anymore. Tregay handles homophobia gently, which, along with the happy ending and refreshingly supportive community, makes this a breezy romance with just enough light drama to keep its feet on the ground. Grades 8-11. --Sarah Hunter

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  • By Thebookedreader on October 4, 2014

    "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."It isn’t. And Fan Art isn’t solely about fanart or even just about love. It is about life. What to do when all you’ve dreamed about and anticipated is the future, and what happens when that unforeseeable future is catching up. When you have to make choices to either let life define you or having the choice to define the kind of life you’ll live.When I choose books this days I’ll read a couple of reviews, the balance for the good reviews outweighing the bad ones, but I tend to read two or three one star reviews. In this particular instance, something popped out-you know the whole highlighted bolded parts. It was talking how the whole book was about the MC coming out to the Love Interest, and another comment regarded to how oblivious the MC was in regards to the love aspect.The MC in question is Jamie Peterson. He’s a senior, part of the Gumshoe and he’s out. Except only to his parents. Although, it seems, everyone knows. Excluding Jamie’s best mate, Mason. Jamie at one point does mention that he didn’t play with dolls, and I didn’t take it as-oh I’m masculine because I didn’t. Sometimes his character did irk me, dare I say? Merely because he tended to judge quite a bit. For instance with Eden, and how he kept going on about how she was annoying, but still wanted to confide in her and he thought she was the only who understood. But want to know what I discover? This books are meant to portray characters in a fresh and unique way, as to how some of us are at one point in our lives. Maybe were in the characters age, or maybe, and some people might have a problem with this, we are in our twenties or thirties or even fifties reading young adult books, because of whatever reason.The thing is that with this characters they are flawed, at least some. Because human beings are flawed. How many of use judge, get annoyed at our friends, make it all about us? Think that we are the only ones with problems? Guess what? That is okay because we are the only ones living our lives. You aren’t living your friends, or the teacher, or your sister, etc. And so, here we read about Jamie, whose mom accept him, yet he is embarrassed by it. “He should feel grateful!” some ( some people hate generalization) people yell, as they ready their lynches. Do I feel grateful that my parents accept I’m straight? Well, I never had to think about it, but I do get rather embarrassed if they ask me if I have a boyfriend every time I see a relative. So, why is it different because Jamie is gay?Jamie’s whole dilemma is about Mason. WRONG. Perhaps, I’ve just read a different book. Personally, I almost shouted but not enough Mason x Jamie scenes. They go days without a scene together (days, I’m treating it like an episode blame Orphan Black) and, I, for one back in high school I use to see my best friends every single day. Except Sundays. Family Day. I wanted to know why he fell for him. How they interacted. Admittedly, that fell a tiny bit flat. Why? Because they barely interacted together. So for other who are saying it was all about Mason? Point it at me. Was it because he kept thinking about coming out to him? Reasonable, and even though there is no indication that he’d reacted badly, guess what it is a sound fear. There are people out there with loving parents, best friends from childhood, that are being turned away, homeless, because of their sexuality.As to how Jamie didn't see Mason interest in him? Readers, I'm the type to be oblivious when it comes to me knowing if my crush likes me or not. I'm fine with everyone else, but come to it being the one I like and he can be winking and I'd think he got something in his eye. I need the "I LIKE YOU!" so....calm down. Not everyone can be as awesome at reading people as you. Remember that.To reinforce this not being a revolving story on Mason, which is okay if it was (lot’s of YA contemporary fiction is), we have interaction with the Twins, with the staff at Gumshoe with Eden, Challis, the guys, and on and on. The most prominent and the one that I want to talk about is this comic book. About the banning of gay comic book, and how just because it was two guys kissing at the end the voted it off. Stating no plot, had it been a straight couple, would it have been a different scenario? And it was about Jamie standing up to his fears.All wasn’t resolved, but I’ve learned that we get a part of a characters life. We interrupt and get a glimpse and hope to be entertained, take something from it. We can’t know every little aspect and nuance, event that a character goes through. Just as someone wouldn’t be able to summarize or compartment our lives into a 300+ page book.A thought a day, younglings.Check out more of Fan Art pictures at:

  • By Trudie Barreras on March 17, 2016

    Once in a while, there is a lag in the availability of things I want to review on my Amazon Vine queue, so I avail myself of the “Vine for All” section, and at that point I inevitably try to find books in the regrettably limited “Gay and Lesbian” genre. I was therefore delighted to come across “Fan Art”, a very atypical Young Adult novel by Sarah Tregay. Realizing that this book has been in final publication format for some time, I decided to do what I seldom do, and check the actual product page on Amazon. I noted with joy that there were 55 reviews already posted, and that the positive ones strongly predominate. Therefore I know I’m in good company in finding this an extremely worthwhile story.First let me say that Tregay’s writing is extrarordinarily wholesome for what is currently being offered in YA books. There is minimal use of foul language – no “f-words” appear – and the term “shipload” is used in place of the more scatological replacement. There is no actual sex; indeed, the “big deal” which drives the plot is a kiss between the protagonist Jamie and his best friend Morgan. Indeed, those familiar with the high school scene in this era of cell phones and the Internet may find this level of innocence a bit implausible. For me, however, it is extremely refreshing.The setting is Lincoln High School in an unspecified town in Idaho, and since that is the home of the author, I will credit her with accuracy concerning the culture of the locale. The school has a very forward-looking curriculum, including art, band/orchestra, and a slew of AP classes. Jamie is the editor of the school literary magazine, Gumshoe, and a major crisis involves his clandestine publication of a manga-style comic submitted by one of the students, which features this male-male kiss.Actually, I think the key and most valuable aspect of this novel is its treatment of Jamie’s major concern that “coming out” to Morgan and admitting his love has evolved beyond friendship will destroy even the friendship. It is my personal belief that one of the greatest benefits of honoring same-sex relationships is the two-fold effect of encouraging lovers to be friends, and simultaneously eliminating erotic tension in opposite gender friends.Another thing that Tregay handles well is the spectrum ranging from the homophobia of Morgan’s father (as well as Eden’s parents and brother) to the uber-supportiveness of Jamie’s mother and stepfather. Additionally, there are extremes among the other students, although by-and-large the student population and teachers of Lincoln High are depicted as accepting of diversity. This is both realistic and encouraging, and overall makes this a very worthwhile book for our culture-in-transition.

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