The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
Posted August 2, 2008on:
Life is fabulous for Jonathan Parish.
He’s seventeen, out and proud, and ready to party through senior year with his posse of best girlfriends. But the year starts off with the wrong kind of bang when Jonathan — in an inebriated lapse of judgment — sleeps with a friend of his…a girl friend!
When word gets around that hot-but-previously-unavailable Jonathan might be on the market, the school’s It girl approaches him with a proposal: pretend to be her boyfriend, and achieve popularity like he’s never known. But popularity isn’t what Jonathan wants. And suddenly, going back into the closet becomes Jonathan’s only way to get what he’s after — a trip to see Kylie Minogue.
(Summary from Amazon)
The Straight Road to Kylie is one of the most recent and best gay teen books I’ve read. Everything about it seemed to capture and represent Jonathan’s life perfectly and made it seem real. To be honest, I couldn’t relate to the characters in many ways because I’m not eighteen or gay and I definitely don’t host parties and rarely even go to them but as I was reading this, I felt like I was there, partying with Jonathan and his friends. The prose and characterizations make it seem that real.