4 Stars for A Man’s Man by Genta Sebastian #YA #MM @GentaSebastian


Title: A Man’s Man
Author Name: Genta Sebastian
Publication Date & Length: June 19, 2015 – 174 pgs


“It’s like this, see. My dad’s a fag, his boyfriend’s a queer, and I think I might be gay. I mean, I think it’s catching or something.” When thirteen year old R.J. decides to turn his dad straight, unintended consequences mess everything up. His father is miserable, the kids at school hate him, and his best friend Jessica is furious. To make things right he will have to figure out for himself what it means to be A Man’s Man. (For readers age 12-16)

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I had a difficult time liking this book.  I gave it 4 stars because it was well written, but I think I had a hard time with this story because of how much prejudice was inserted.  I get the coming of age concept and that RJ had to fight through his insecurities, but it was the malicious intent throughout this book that I had a hard time with.

I guess I would say that Sebastian did an excellent job at provoking me.  I enjoyed Jessica and her mom immensely and they were what held this book together for me.

I wish that I would have been able to read the dialogue between Stephen and Robert – I felt that not having their conversation was a huge hole in the story.

Overall, this was a good story of someone coming of age – working through their own prejudices.



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Award winning author Genta Sebastian lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Once a professional storyteller, now a retired educator, her short stories have been published in anthologies, one of which won a Lambda award in 2007. Having written across genres and age groups, she’s currently at work on a new novel.

Her books include:

* Riding the Rainbow (2015 GCLS Award winner) – Lily has two out, loud, and proud moms. Clara has two in the closet dads. What could go wrong, right? Young Readers

* A Man’s Man – When forced to live with his gay father and his boyfriend, eighth grader R.J. devises a plan to turn his father straight. YA novel.

* The Boxer Rebellion – A suspenseful thriller. High School students are bullied by a psychotic killer. Mature subject matter

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