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Jerkbait by Mia Siegert is one of those books that seems to be all the rage for a few days and than just fade away in the background again. All of a sudden this book is inescapable, you seem to see it everywhere. So than I decide to read it because it must be really good when everyone is talking about it. And then it just isn’t…. I mean it is not bad, but I certainly don’t understand the hype about it. What makes this book so very special?
This book would fall in the YA category I guess, since it seems to be dealing with high school kids.
Tristan and Robbie are identical twins, but they don’t seem to be sharing all that much. Tristan is the shy one, Robbie is the outgoing and popular one. So when Robbie tries to kill himself and fails everyone is in shock. Why would he do such a thing when there seems to be no reason for it.
Because someone needs to keep an eye on Robbie their parents force them to share a room together and that causes all kinds of problems. Neither boy has any privacy left and Tristan is forced to see his brother not as the popular hockey start but as a struggling gay teen scared to come out of the closet. If he does, what will be the effect on his career?
Tristan on the other hand has no interest in sports and desperately wants to be in the theatre. Can they both have what they want in life or does one of them need to sacrifice his personal desires to benefit the other? Can they help each other out in any way?
Mia Siegert received her MFA from Goddard College and her undergrad from Montclair State University, where she won Honorable Mention in the 2009 English Department Awards for fiction. Siegert has been published in Clapboard House, Word Riot, The Limn Literary & Arts Journal, as well as a few other small presses. A short reading of Jerkbait was performed by the New Jersey Playwrights Association where it was tremendously received. Siegert currently works as an adjunct professor and a costume designer, most recently having finished a production of CATS featuring Ken Page, the original Broadway Old Deuteronomy.