Jack Rothman, is out and loving life. He has two fabulous friends, a liberal, loving, but somewhat disconnected mother and an enemy in every camp. Jeremy, leader of the school GSA, thinks he’s “too gay”, giving other homosexual men and lesbian women a bad name, the mean girls just love to gossip about him and Principal Pattyn thinks he should just lay low and not call too much attention to himself. But that’s not Jack’s style. First the notes start, oragami shapes proclaiming love and adoration, then demanding nudes and ultimately threatening his friends and family. Then best friend Jenn, not yet knowing about the notes, convinces Jack to write a sex column for her underground, on-line news paper and “Jack of Hearts” is born.
This book is not for the sexually squeamish! Jack has tried a lot of sexual adventures and he feels free to describe them, in detail, when answering “Dear Jack of Hearts” letters, but he also gives good advice on protection, communication, consent and being comfortable with who you are and what you want in relationships and life. Until his “boyfriend” gets more and more demanding and threatening. As he and his friends struggle to find the culprit, Jack’s sparkly, gay, party boy personality wilts and nearly dies. Ultimately Jack stands up to his tormentor and his principal and discovers “It’s not about making myself less amazing so I blend in – it’s about making sure everyone around me sparkles with their own shade of glitter, that they feel as amazing as I do.” -Jack of Hearts And that, my friends, is a lesson for the ages.