October 9, 2013

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Release Date: October 22, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 
I received a review copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Description: From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?

In razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

My Review: I was really impressed with this novel in verse told from 3 different points of view. Each character had a distinct voice and was honest, raw, and relatable. I think the choice to tell the story from 3 different perspectives was important because it reminds us that everyone has private struggles and issues to work through, even if their life seems great on the outside. 

I think this book would be a great addition to a public library's YA collection. Give it to fans of the novels in verse by Ellen Hopkins or those who like character-driven novels about real life issues. 

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