ARC REVIEW: Social Intercourse by Greg Howard (June 2018)

Don’t worry so much about labels, just love who you love and never be ashamed of it.

My synopsis: When the dad of proudly gay teen, Beckett, starts dating one of the lesbian moms of star football player, Jax, the two starts an alliance to break their parents apart. Their schemes spark an undeniable attraction between them. 

Published June 5, 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

e-ARC provided by Simon & Schuster through Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review

Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance

Themes: LGBT, bullying, parenting, family, true friendships

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I wish I had more to say about the book – but I just didn’t think it had memorable enough characters or events. I really wanted to enjoy this more – I’m just glad it’s short enough that I didn’t have to DNF it.

Social Intercourse alternates between Beckett’s and Jax’s POV, and between the two, Beckett seemed to be the more interesting one. Beckett is very sassy, and he knows and is passionate about what he wants. Jax, meanwhile, is attractive yet there is no depth of character – he is extremely indecisive, is confused, and frankly, just not that interesting besides his looks (which is maybe the point, because the whole point of his character is that people often neglect to see beyond his good looks).

One thing I particularly like, though, is the friendship/camarederie between the football players.

Anyway – I’m sure some of you will enjoy it, but I just didn’t feel that invested in the characters nor the plot. Another thing I should mention is The Golden Girls (I have never heard of it, before this book), which was referenced A LOT, so a fan would probably enjoy this book!

But if you did happen to be interested in reading it, I’d suggest you also check out In Other Lands (here’s a link to my review!) by Sarah Rees Brennan – which also features a sassy character and a golden boy, and so much more!

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