Title: Jay’s Gay Agenda
Series: Jay’s Gay Agenda
Author: Jason June
Genre: YA, LGBTQIA+ Romance
Summary: There’s one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he’s a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda.
Then, against all odds, Jay’s family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he’s found where he truly belongs, where he can flirt with Very Sexy Boys and search for love. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he’ll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones…because after all, life and love don’t always go according to plan.
This book was enjoyable, but not without it’s issues. There is a lot to identify with when it comes to Jay. I too grew up in a small town, which when I was young did not have any sort of LGBTQIA+ community. I didn’t come upon another person who identified as anything other than straight until I hit high school, but even then those were during very different times.
Wish lists, bucket lists, to do lists are also not foreign to me. The way that Jay proceeds with them, ignoring others feelings somewhat, are foreign to me. And then I reminded myself that he is young, and for much for his life has been alone.
There are several moments where you will find yourself rooting for Jay, and other times where you will find yourself shaking you head at his actions.
This book also does play fast and loose with the concept of cheating, and what it means to cheat, as well as when it is okay or not okay to reveal your promiscuity to someone you’re considering seeing.
There were several adult themes throughout this novel, as there should be written for those on the verge of adulthood and this was a quick read. It did however seem to end a bit abruptly for myself, who did not realize at first that it was the first in a series.
I will definitely be picking up the next one, interested to see in how Jay’s character continues to grow and evolve, along with his friends.