A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{September 10, 2012}   The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina

Plot: Jonathan is out and proud with the best girl friends a gay boy could want. But when, drunk and confused, he agrees to sleep with a girl, his life is turned upside down. Laura, a rich classmate, offers him a deal: pretend to be her boyfriend and she will take him to England to see Kylie Minogue live. It seems too good to be true. But is even his favorite pop star worth going back into the closet and risking his friendships?

The word of the day is drama! Emotions run high in this book. And there are enough twists and falling outs to keep anyone hooked. The characters themselves rightly compare Jonathan’s life to a soap opera. Everyone is mad at or hurts everyone else at some point. Ultimately it’s about friendship and being yourself though it does not ignore people’s flaws and bad behaviour for the sake of the happy ending. And against all odds, there is also a sweet romance with an adorable boy.

Jonathan narrates his tale in the first person. The tone is very conversational, as though he was sitting in a coffee shop telling us about the crazy night he’d just had. It can be engaging but it didn’t entirely do it for me. It has the same problems as a transcription of a real life conversation: repetition, over-explanation and pointless dialogue.

I also have a confession: I know nothing about music. My favorite bands are as old as I am. Jonathan would kill me for saying this but I don’t even know who Kylie Minogue is. I probably would have been more excited about the story if I could relate to Jonathan’s passions but melodrama is always fun.

2012 (#92)


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