Fan Art

Fan Art

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A sweet contemporary romance about a boy who falls in love with his best friend and the girls who help them get together.

Jamie Peterson has a problem: Even though he tries to keep his feelings to himself, everyone seems to know how he feels about Mason, and the girls in his art class are determined to help them get together. Telling the truth could ruin Jamie and Mason's friendship, but it could also mean a chance at happiness. Falling in love is easy, except when it's not, and Jamie must decide if coming clean to Mason is worth facing his worst fear.

In Fan Art, Sarah Tregay, the author of the romantic Love and Leftovers, explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most. Fan Art is perfect for fans of contemporary romances as well as novels like Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan and Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 36mm | 431g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0062243152
  • 9780062243157
  • 468,015

Back cover copy

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college--that's all set. Not prom--he'll find a date somehow. No, it's the worst problem of all: he's fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn't sure if that's what he wants--because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can't say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it's not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.
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Review quote

Tregay handles homophobia gently, which, along with the happy ending and refreshingly supportive community, makes this a breezy romance with just enough light drama to keep its feet on the ground.--Booklist
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7,006 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 33% (2,286)
4 30% (2,079)
3 24% (1,663)
2 9% (624)
1 5% (354)

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Jamie loves Mason, and he doesn't even know how he can tell him. When fangirls from the Art club decide to create a comic strip that wholly resembles the two, that's when Jamie gathers courage to tell his best friend the truth. That he's gay and in love with him. Will he accept him or not? Starting a book that has two boys as a couple is new and refreshing. Having it be the main character's best friend tended to be problematic. There's nothing worse than being friends with someone you're in love with. And this was the biggest issue that Jamie goes through. You see him struggle with his feelings and it was so hard for him. How much he felt especially when he was around him. Of course, I was cheering for them to get together every second I was reading. It was just so cute. Obviously, you know as a reader that they both care for each other very deeply, and that it took a while for them to realize it. It's like one of those movies that you keep watching just so you can see them kiss in the end. I thought the book's length was just right, neither was it too long or too short. The story develops in comfortable pace, but I just felt bored at some parts only because nothing really happens much except their daily lives. I just wanted to know if the two would get together and that was the main reason why I kept on reading. Did I mention that I love that he designs magazine pages? So lovely to see in a book and to know what they're talking about! If you love your cute contemporaries, be sure to pick this one up. Fan Art had me smiling and laughing all through out the book. Definitely recommend for a light-heart read!show more
by Giselle SM
Original post: Warning: I might spoil you with this review but I am so eager to share this to everyone! Most of the post contains notes from my readingâ?¦ On the first two chapters, I did not get the point of Jaime. What is he really up to on narrating his doings everyday without the presence of Mason? It is just so lame to think that I am not getting any interest. Thereâ??s no thrill to meâ?¦ If I was not just thinking about the synopsis from the back of the book, the phrase from the front and also my interest on LGBT characters and arts, I would have put this book down. Sorry. But when Jamie and Mason did there zigzagging moment in the gymâ?¦ Uh-oh, my feels, it started then! My delirium is bugging out! Well, it is not normal for a boy and a boy to act like they are boy and girl sort-of friends. Do you get my idea? Just totally gay and I weirdly like it. I did then thought of Mason, is he somewhat like Jamie, too? As I read on, Jamieâ??s mom knew that he was gay. But how about Mason? Does he know? It confused me. No matter, I love how Jamieâ??s mom and stepdad accepted him when he told them he is a gay. Since Jamie is a staff of their school magazine, he works for the graphics and layouts. Andâ?¦ YOU. HAVE. TO. SEE. THE. DRAFT. OF. CHALLIS!!! *You have to read the book. You have to read the book. Hahaha!* Sorry about that. But there came a dead-problem on Jamie about what Challis submitted. I agree that the graphic short should not suppose to be in the literary magazine but in the sense that it is literature noun: Published writings in a particular style on a particular subject. It is democracy that talks to me on this. I have this belief that anyone could speak their mindâ??professional or non-professional and on any medium. Freedom of speech. I think there is no problem to express your feelings. It is up to the people who read it and judge it. Judge it anyway, but you cannot conceal any piece of impression especially if you work on a literary magazine or any medium that expresses all. I really love that Jamie and Mason went to a road tripâ?¦ It is like an unconscious date for them. I am really confused on what does Mason feels for Jamie. Whatâ??s up, Mason? Whatâ??s up?! This is getting excited and I was right to give it a try. Anyway, the best poem I have read from Fan Art was At Night I Dreamâ?¦ It was an open-minded impartiality. It speaks for the unspoken feelings and I deeply fell for it. Did I say earlier that the best poem I have read from this book was At Night I Dream? Pipsqueak me! I did not expect who wrote it. I did not have any idea at all and this makes the book so good after all! *Whispers.* It is really good at keeping secrets. Fan Art was a total fun and amazingly impressive. It opens the readers mind, LGBTs and homophobic and/or neutral, on how a person gets out from their closet, on how still you have friends even so you went out from your closet, and on how not all people still accepts those hearts are different from their physical appearance. It is a worth read anyway especially that it made me leap on the last chapters. But I warn you, if you are not interested on reading LGBT books like Fan Art, please, please, do at least open your mind for this because it is unlike on what you think of. I swear to you. Thumbs up to this book!show more
by Eliah Gem B. Egama
I wanted to read this one because it sounded like a perfect discovering yourself story. The idea of having a crush on your best friend is such a universal concept, and I have read about it and enjoyed it but never with a gay guy crushing on seemingly straight best friend. I have read it both ways, where it turns into a romance or where another love interest was introduced and I was wondering where this story would take it. Jaime and Mason as best friends worked so well. They are comfortable with each other, go to school together, and have been friends and part of each other's lives for quite some time. Another aspect that I enjoyed was the family togetherness from Jaime. He is so sweet and patient with his younger twin sisters, and is thoughtful of his mom. He helps with the girls, and he also has an open and honest relationship with her. He came out to her and she luckily was very accepting and she gets to the point of bordering on annoying how in tune she wants to be about Jaime's love life. The art class, where his friends there are fun to read about. The girls seem to know about his preference and try to help him out and set him up. He ends up asking one to the prom and they have an interesting time because she is a lesbian but her parents aren't supportive so they put on quite the show. The magazine, his friendship and cover up with Eden, the prom and senior pranks all make this story even more real and full. It has characters who are openly gay, supportive and then the complete opposite and against homosexuals. But it is more open than my high school was, but that was also years ago that I was in school. I kept going back and forth if Mason knew anything about how Jamie felt or if he was completely oblivious and I think that totally added to the suspense and build up of the story. The ending worked wonderfully because of this as well. It was hard to read at times, but so glad that I got to see Jamie begin to accept himself and trying to be okay regardless of what Mason's orientation was. I could understand why he was so afraid to tell him, and I can't imagine what pressure was on his shoulders. While it had a great message, in some ways to me it was a feel good read. It was quick, I liked the growth in Jamie and the build up, friendships and family relations both positive and negative all drove this character driven story. The pacing was great and it felt like I flew through it. Bottom Line: Fast read that made me feel more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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