Eight Seconds

Eight Seconds

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Eighteen-year-old John must confront his own sexuality when he goes to rodeo school and finds himself strangely attracted to an older boy who is smart, tough, complicated, gorgeous, and gay
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Inc. c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780152023676
0152023674
Branch Call Number: YF Fer
Characteristics: 186 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 8 seconds

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jstoneerdman
Aug 11, 2015

I really just couldn't get into this. The plot had great potential and I liked that it had a country/rodeo setting (something that's not as common in YA GLBT books, but it lacked that magic to pull me in. I found myself constantly putting this book and struggling to stay motivated to finish it. The setting felt very dated in an almost cliche sort of way. The characters were flat and difficult to sympathize with. The "country" phrases were just hokey; I can't imagine teenagers talking the way the ones in this story did. I don't mind the adoring younger siblings, but six year old Clemmie was the most annoying, spoiled thing ever and I detested every scene in which she was involved. I thought Kit would be an amazing character for John but the ending was a little severe. Also, John was supposedly "in love" with Kit; he said he felt the chemistry they shared but the few scenes in which they were getting closer were devoid of any heat or passion. We, as readers, don't feel their increasing bond for one another. The blurb says "fast-paced," but this was a very slow, boring read. Also, this is more of a coming-of-age story so don't go in expecting a heart-warming romance.

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DavidDuong2009
Dec 02, 2010

From this book, I understand that a gay is a male who is attracted by another male's physical appearance. Though gays can have some remained traits of men, such as hot temper, physical stamina etc., their emotions/reactions are so complexed!

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