Even Though They Re Identical, Tristan Isn T Close To His Twin Robbie At All Until Robbie Tries To Kill Himself Forced To Share A Room To Prevent Robbie From Hurting Himself, The Brothers Begin To Feel The Weight Of Each Other S Lives On The Ice, And Off Tristan Starts Seeing His Twin Not As A Hockey Star Whose Shadow Tristan Can T Escape, But A Struggling Gay Teen Terrified About Coming Out In The Professional Sports World Robbie S Future In The NHL Is Plagued By Anxiety And The Mounting Pressure From Their Dad, Coach, And Scouts, While Tristan Desperately Fights To Create His Own Future, Not As A Hockey Player But A Musical Theatre Performer As Their Season Progresses And Friends Turn Out To Be Enemies, Robbie Finds Solace In An Online Stranger Known Only As Jimmy Between Keeping Robbie S Secret And Saving Him From Taking His Life, Tristan Is Given The Final Call Sacrifice His Dream For A Brother He Barely Knows, Or Pursue His Own Path How Far Is Robbie Willing To Go And Importantly, How Far Is Tristan Willing To Go To Help Him


10 thoughts on “Jerkbait

  1. says:

    1.5 stars.Spoilers.Ridiculous This book was completely ridiculous And I want to say that I believe the author is a good writer and it s likely me who just didn t enjoy this I would probably still try something else by this author, but this really didn t work for me.This book should ve been called Every Bad Thing To Possibly Happen to a Gay Teen Happens to TristanAdmittedly, I liked this at first First few chapters weren t perfect with the forced conflict between brothers It was really only just briefly mentioned Like, Yeah, we used to fight all the time but now things seem to be changing I can t feel the change with the main character if I m only told of all previous conflict.Take OTT conflict, idiots characters, completely unsound logic, every plot twist from gay YA novels and throw them together in a blender Shit, sorry Forgot to mention random rape plot twist from no where and also random LITERAL twin telepathy which sneaks its way in for a solid 3% of the book at around 85% of the book I m talking literal telepathy They have conversations in their heads With one another Just once, and then never again All I can write about this is I found the parents ridiculous, but not because they were awful which they were but because they were completely 2 dimensional, almost to the degree of being comical Their boys are 18 but still they punish them like they re 6 It s even called out in the book, but somehow both of these 18 year old boys overlook this because uh, I m not sure Oh, the dad bought one of them some tickets to a musical And they won t buy the other kid hockey equipment if he doesn t sleep in a bunk bed with his brother One can only assume said bunk bed is military grade since I have no idea where else you d get a bunk bed large enough.I loved the premise, and it actually got me to read a tiny bit about hockey But this book was like the first draft of some writing assignment which aimed to be as extreme and OTT as possible.Take, for example, this kid trying to kill himself what three or four times In different ways Parents do nothing, friends don t seem to notice, brother knows and does nothing because he whores himself out for some tickets for a play Coach doesn t notice, teachers at school don t notice Sonny boy just keeps on trying to off himself and everyone is like, WHAT S WRONG WITH YOU It s supposed to be emotional for the reader, I think, but it just came out as fucking dumb It s TOO MUCH The parents were too much, Heather was too much, Robbie trying to kill himself numerous times without anyone trying to help him was too much, the rape was too much, and finally, the random twin telepathy was way, way, way too much.I think the writing is good and there were enjoyable bits But they were completely consumed in the tar pit of ugh which was the entire rest of the storychokengtitik

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  2. says:

    I m honestly not the person to write negative reviews, but in this case I feel like it s warranted After reading a few reviews on goodreads before the release, I was really excited to read this book I m always looking for good LGBT novels and this one seemed interesting in regards to it dealing with homophobia in professional sports I m not even sure I can express how severely disappointed I am.This may seem over exaggerated and blunt but I honestly felt like I was reading a first draft of someone s really angsty fanfiction I m sorry, that seems so mean but it s just the truth It started off a little over dramatic but promising, but by halfway through I just couldn t believe these amateur plot devices It read like an early episode of Degrassi The Next Generation Overall the conflicts with Robbie and Tristan did not seem realistic I m not doubting that these things happen but all of them, in rapid succession, to these characters Not to mention the twins would out of the blue start to have new character traits and not in a good, natural character progression sort of way Almost every Bad thing that would happen to Robbie seemed like a caricature of every gay horror story you hear about growing up.Now SPOILER ALERT I m not gonna put this paragraph under a spoiler format because if you are planning on going into this book, you need to know these things As I was getting tired of seemingly OOC story twists and overly dramatic reactions to everything, they had to go and add not only a Catfish Internet predator RAPE plot but also supernatural twin telepathy I honestly can t believe I typed that with my own hands Also, I m assuming this book is supposed to be current day or at least recent but it was clearly written by someone who isn t up to date on how teens live in 2015 2016 I m serious, the internet predator storyline was literally just like those Very Special Internet Safety Episodes of every teen show ever made in the early 2000s I was constantly like, What year is this supposed to be Tumblr is popular enough for a mention It definitely detracted from the reliability of the text WAIT I just remembered that someone had a NHL 16 video game so it s definitely 2015 Yeah, no It reads like it s 2003 I m not even gonna touch on the Mom and honestly the Dad too and their rampant racism and homophobia that stems from yet another hurtful LGBT trope Like honestly the I m typing out the problems I had with this book the I m honestly mad I spent time reading it All in all If you re a veteran of LGBT literature and are tired of the same tropes and horrible angst even though this story has a happy forced ending PLEASE AVOID Also if you re newer or younger and are exploring LGBT lit please know this isn t the only option for you I m sorry that this review is harsh but I just feel like it was talked up as this incredibly progressive and thought provoking story but instead I got angst turned up to 11 and every tired sad cruel LGBT trope in the book.


  3. says:

    1 New Release in Teen Young Adult LGBT Issues Fiction on .com 3 New Release in Teen Young Adult Gay and Lesbian Fiction on .com The JERKBAIT Playlist is featured on Books and Ladders Check it out and listen on Spotify.What Others Have to Say about JERKBAIT Updated 3 19 16 Every athlete, parent and high school kid, gay or straight, will see some of themselves reflected in Jerkbait s teammates and families So will every ally who wants to see change Jerkbait is gutsy, urgent, raw and hopeful Brian Kitts, Co Founder, You Can Play Jerkbait was an excellent read on the complex issues facing LBGTQ athletes, as well as their families, featuring complex, believable characters who would not be out of place in any high school across America Chris Kluwe, Former NFL Player, LGBTQ Rights Activist, and Author of Prime A Genesis Series Event JERKBAIT is an intriguing look into the world of both parents and kids as they try to navigate the difficult path to the NHL draft A cautionary tale and a must read for parents and kids alike Patrick O Sullivan, Former NHL Player, Child Safety Advocate, and Author of Breaking Away A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph Issues like bullying and Internet predators are explored, and Mia Siegert isn t afraid to go there and get ugly, get dark As a reader, I appreciated her honesty As a writer, I was in awe of her talent Electric and explosive, yet soft and nuanced, JERKBAIT is a powerhouse of a debut that is bound to leave a mark on the world of YA lit Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of FIRSTS Mia Siegert s Jerkbait presents a vivid picture of adolescent life as it s lived today, from high school feuds to Facebook romance and beyond Her account of the twins Tristan and Robbie, conjoined and yet separate, is poignant in the real sense sharply drawn, pointed, and piercing David Galef, award winning author, How to Cope with Suburban Stress Mia Siegert s poignant, vibrant first novel deals with issues of sexual orientation, which makes it very timely, and with issues of the human heart, which makes it timeless Mark Spencer, award winning author, A Haunted Love Story The Ghosts of the Allen House


  4. says:

    amazing a Sad Tragic Gay Book sth we have NEVER read before things u can expect in this gem spoilers, obviously rape merciless bullying at school the victim is a straight boy instead of the gay one it s refreshing like that for a few chapters anyway abusive parents who literally buy their kid s cooperation w presents a guy punishing his twin brother for being suicidal a total lack of characterisation none of those ppl have any personality and it s honestly impossible to care abt any of them oh there s literal twin telepathy randomly, in the last quarter of the book


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    You know how there are books that are impossible to read passively Instead, the whole time you re reading you re going a little crazy because you want to leap into the pages and actually interact with the characters JERKBAIT was like that.I wanted to hug Robbie and Tristan because I was so sad for them, and shake their parents for screwing up so horribly, and slap Heather for well, you should probably read and find out for yourself Tristan, the narrator, is smart, funny, and overall a good guy But he s also flawed Why wouldn t he be The poor kid never had a chance Growing up in the house with a superstar brother has ensured that his own wants and needs will never come first He s lived his life as the lesser part of a package deal The most heartbreaking thing about Tristan s situation is that he accepted defeat long ago He s so used to being second best that it hardly even phases him any Despite Tristan s struggles, Robbie is the truly tragic character in the novel He s tormented by his sexuality, fearing that if he s openly gay, he ll ruin his chances at become a professional hockey player If he speaks up, he loses everything he s ever dreamed of If he stays quiet, he loses himself his secret will eat him up I worry I m making it sound like this book is one depressing moment after another which is absolutely not the case It s also funny Even when he s sad, Tristan s wit comes through strong My favorite books are the ones that use humor to offset the sad situations, and JERKBAIT certainly succeeds at this With the current cry for diversity in YA novels, I know JERKBAIT is going to get attention because it features a gay athlete Because I feel a lot will be said on that topic elsewhere, I want to focus on something else here To me, the book is important not only because it shows the struggles of a gay athlete, but because it shows the struggles of young athletes in general So often, high school athletes are treated like gods Imagine being a kid in that situation Imagine everyone your friends and parents and teachers expecting you to live up to this standard And imagine how it would feel if you failed Come on, let s face it High school is hard enough without that kind of insane pressure How is a teenager supposed to cope with feeling like they let down everyone they know How are they supposed to cope with someone else laying out their whole lives for them, with never being seen as an individual and all their worth coming from their athletic prowess This book was a fantastic exploration of high school athletics, and I hope it ends up in the hands of kids who have been in the same position as both Robbie and Tristan Actually, maybe I should go a step beyond that and say I hope it gets into the hands of parents too In closing, I think at its core, this book is about accepting who you are Maybe you re a drama nerd Maybe you re a star hockey player Either way you re a complex human with your own sets of experiences, likes, dislikes, wants and needs And that deserves to be celebrated.


  6. says:

    Jerkbait reminded me why I still read and love YA Fiction The writing was superb and the characters were all complex and believeable I loved everything about this story Please buy it and read it.


  7. says:

    Terminei de ler Jerkbait e me sinto exausto Aqui n s acompanhamos a hist ria de dois irm os g meos um h tero apaixonado por teatro musical e um gay apaixonado por hockey Logo de cara eu fiquei empolgado com a escolha da autora de quebrar os esteri tipos e mostrar os conflitos da rela o desses dois personagens Mas a cada cap tulo que eu lia, meu amor pela hist ria ia morrendo e no final eu estava desesperado de tanta raiva Existem in meras coisas que eu odiei nesse livro, ent o decidi fazer uma lista O livro narrado pelo ponto de vista do irm o h tero, que n o tem carisma nenhum, toma decis es est pidas o tempo todo e n o faz um esfor o m nimo para mudar isso O irm o gay tenta suic dio ao longo do livro V RIAS VEZES e a autora aborda o tema de uma maneira irrespons vel e rasa N o existe nenhum momento na hist ria em que n s realmente compreendemos os sentimentos do irm o gay porque como tudo visto pela lente do irm o h tero, o suic dio sempre tratado com fraqueza e covardia O protagonista ama escrever Todos dizem que suas fanfics s o MARAVILHOSAS Os textos dele que s o mostrados no livro s o bem ruins Os pais s o babacas Isso n o um problema, claro Minha Metade Silenciosa tem os piores pais que eu j li na minha vida e ainda assim um livro excelente Mas aqui temos pais malvados retratados como VIL ES DA DISNEY muito cruel, muito dif cil de acreditar e muito doloroso ler a rela o dessa fam lia Plot twist ruim Nos momentos finais, quando eu s queria que a dor de ler esse livro acabasse, a autora joga na nossa cara um suspense absurdo, corrido e mal resolvido N o quero dar spoilers mas, como se j n o bastasse tratar de suic dio como se fosse gripe, ela joga outro tema forte N o desenvolve E resolve em 2 p ginas DRAMA ALL OVER IT de se esperar drama em uma hist ria com um gay que tenta suic dio diversas vezes, mas o que mais me irritava era que o drama sempre girava em torno do h tero Di logos de novela teen Sai do meu quarto Some da minha vida Eu odeio voc s etc Os personagens gritam o tempo todo e mesmo quando eu parava de ler eu conseguia ouvir eles gritando dentro da minha cabe a Juro 70% dos di logos desse livro s o GRITADOS e n o falados Coisas que est o bvias desde a p gina 1 e quando o protagonista descobre ele fica WOW EU N O SABIA DISSO porque ele t o clueless que d desespero Clich s como a menina que o protagonista gosta ter que se tornar uma backstabbing bitch, para que ele possa dar uma chance para a outra amiguinha, n o t o bonita, mas muito mais legal INSTALOVE E muito mais Eu n o gosto de avaliar livros com 1 estrela mas, s rio, esse livro foi uma colet nea de tudo que eu odeio em livros no geral.


  8. says:

    Glee has so much to answer for UPDATE I ve re read this book and am changing my review by a whole star sorry this reads so badly on a second pass through and bits I either blanked out or skipped over are so bad the whole end 1 4 of the book I have bumped it down Don t bother with this book for better books see the end of my review END UPDATE This book could have been interesting and well developed yet it sadly suffers from some of the worst gay related tropes I have read for a while This book has many of the same issues which crop up repeatedly in m m romance the TRAGIC GAY often found in titles which have been written by women for women.The gay character is only there as the emotional porn for a female audience Rather than making the reason for Robbie s multiple suicide attempts, the crushing parental pressure put on him due to his future possible hockey career it has been made into a gay issue TRAGIC GAY closeted teen blah, blah, blah But don t worry this book isn t really about the gay jock but the straight musical theatre loving identical twin brother I know, why focus on the book on the TRAGIC GAY , when it can be about the clueless brother, who has all the personality and emotional resonance of a potted palm The parents and friends are just as bad, this book had many chances to redeem itself but it never pulls it off This book not only has TRAGIC GAY but also includes PREDITORY GAY which is a bonus don t worry TRAGIC GAY is saved due to a psychic link because, you know, twins Well at least this doesn t have INSTALOVE Oh Wait Bugger well at least I have a full house in trope BINGO It would have been interesting to have this as a gay with a non gay issue i.e that the cause of the problem was NOT his sexuality That would have made this book better If you want a gay related jock book try Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg or for a gay brother straight brother book try What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson.


  9. says:

    JERKBAIT is one of those novels that tackles a TON of very serious and very dark subjects teen suicide, bullying, homophobia, abuse, internet predators but does so without ever becoming a depressing read On the contrary, this novel, about two brothers struggling to find themselves in the face of intense pressure to match up to others expectations, is filled with hope and humor The twins at the heart of the story both evince an incredible amount of courage as they fight to define and embrace what will make them happy, and the overall message is inspiring.Mia Siegert has an incredible handle on the kind of everyday psychological brutality that teenagers endure at the hands of fickle friends and oblivious parents, and on how the instinct for self sabotage can be irresistible when you re already hurting She has, as well, an uncanny ability to make even these painfully familiar horrors of adolescence somehow so emotionally satisfying that you can t wait for the next one to rear its head Even when I was cringing and sweating and silently screaming at JERKBAIT s villains in my mind, I could not Stop Reading.What is arguably the most important aspect of Siegert s work, however, is the spotlight it throws on the plight of gay athletes, particularly at the high school level In an environment where the performance of masculinity is tangled up with a million other bits of codified repressive social behavior, and where teen boys police each other ruthlessly and sometimes violently, the risk of depression and self harm is excruciatingly high I sincerely hope that this book finds its way into the hands of every gay high school athlete, so that they might know they are not alone.


  10. says:

    I m very pleased with how much I ended up liking this book Tristan was a really likeable main character, and I was especially fond of him because i m a sucker for wallflower protagonists who observe and rarely devote to the action or conversation unless there s a necessity to In this particular case, a story about a boy watching the unfolding drama of his twin brother coming out as gay in a sports world, it was even interesting The dynamic between Robbie and Tristan was so believable and touching Further, I think this may be one of the most realistic books I have read on teens in high school From the events to the dialogue to the bullying, everything is realistically without exaggeration, and it was enjoyable Sometimes the dialogue had its corny moments, and sometimes Tristan would make blatantly unwise decisions, but it was still really easy to get into the characters heads and see why they do what they do I love that this book plays around with gender stereotypes, homophobia, and even racism It s a very diverse read that I think is really important for teens to be reading The only downfall, I think, is that the climax is a bit random There wasn t enough development of the particular conflict that occurred, otherwise it might have been interesting and shocking But besides the lackluster and somewhat random ending, it still left me very satisfied and I would recommend this to anyone searching for a very emotional book about brotherhood, depression, and LGBT rights.