Review: Boyfriends With Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez {#JustContemporary}

 Boyfriends With Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
Hardcover, 224 pgs.
Published April 19th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Library

Lance has always known he was gay, but he’s never had a real boyfriend. Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection–but will it be enough to overcome their differences?Allie’s been in a relationship with a guy for the last two years–but when she meets Kimiko, she can’t get her out of her mind. Does this mean she’s gay? Does it mean she’s bi? Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, and finding it impossible to believe that a gorgeous girl like Allie would be into her, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out.
Boyfriends with Girlfriends is Alex Sanchez at his best, writing with a sensitive hand to portray four very real teens striving to find their places in the world–and with each other.

You know how most YA books can be enjoyed by adults just as much as the young adults?  Well, this one wasn’t really that way.  This was a book without much plot other then the teens exploring their sexuality.  Finding out what they might want from their relationships, etc.  There’s a lot of dialogue and to me it just wasn’t really very interesting.  Now if there had been more plot maybe it would have been better for me, but there just wasn’t.  However, I think a teen who is maybe confused with their sexuality and might think they are bi, gay or lesbian would likely connect with the story.  Or those who have friends who are or think they might be.  Maybe even parents whose children are confused.  
There’s quite a bit of talk of sex and some quite descriptive sexual acts.  And this book was very in your face about being gay, lesbian or bi.  That was solely what it was about.  With the issues that these teens had to go through.  I’m all about people being who they are and I enjoy reading GLBT books, but since I’m straight, and in this case, an adult, I like there to be more to the story.  However, like I said before, I’m just not the right person for this book and for the right person this book could be perfect and exactly what they are looking for.  
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  1. Aw I’m sorry this one didn’t work out for you. I don’t think I have read any GLBT books, I should fix that.
    Lol know of any good ones?

    Thanks for the great review. :)

  2. No plot? Boo! I don’t care what the subject of the book is (I’ve read plenty of all genres) but without a plot, what’s to keep me reading? Great review, though.

  3. Aww, bummer this one didn’t really do it for you.

    I admit that I haven’t read a ton of GLBT lit although I have tried to branch out a little more, but I saw this one and actually worried that the only thing it seemed to have going for it was questioning sexuality.

    So, I’ll probably pass on this one, for the same reason that I’m not even close to its target demographic. But great review!

  4. I’m fine with reading LGBT books, but when I saw this one I had no desire to read it. The synopsis didn’t really catch my attention and, like you, I don’t think I’m exactly the target audience. I’m fine with sexual situations in books, but I need a plot too.

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