Life is fabulous for Jonathan Parish. He's seventeen, out and proud, and ready to party through his senior year with his posse of best girlfriends. But the year starts off with the wrong kind of bang when Jonathan—in an inebriated lapse of judgment—sleeps with a friend of his . . . a girlfriend!
When word gets around that hot-but-previously-unavailable Jonathan might be on the market, the school's It girl approaches him with a proposal: pretend to be her boyfriend, and achieve popularity like he's never known. But popularity isn't what Jonathan wants. And suddenly, going back into the closet becomes Jonathan's only way to get what he's after—a trip to see his favorite pop star, Kylie Minogue.
Goodness. What can I say about this book? How about it fucking rocked!?!? Yes I dropped the "F" bomb, so watch out. This is the first teenaged gay contemporary book I've ever read, I was skeptic at first but I got over that in about five minutes of reading. I would like to thank my Aussie friend over at Readers Edge Book Reviews for this great recommendation. So, I'm basically in L.O.V.E. love with Jonathan. He is just so fun and funny and so openly gay. Until he sleeps with Alex (of the female kind). And that 'It girl' her name is Laura Schulberg, and she is really rich and can get some really great pot, or so I'm told. And for a once in a lifetime chance he gets to see Kylie Minogue, just as long as he goes back into the closet and pretend to be Laura's boyfriend. Just the life of an everyday gay teen.
But then there are Jonathan's friends; Carrie, the hot, dark skinned bisexual girl, that tells it to you straight up and says what she thinks. And stayed with Jonathan through the whole book.(I loved this girl.) Joanna, the bestest friend, but the least bit cool with the whole going back into the closet thing. Understandable but she was a real bitch through the book.(I was pissed/sadden for her.) Shauna, shy girl, Jonathan is one of the only people that can get her to go wild, but she was also the straw that broke the camels back.(Liked her, but felt sad for her most of the time.)
So Straight Road to Kylie. I think we already established it was a great book. Now for some warning and or critiques. When looking up review I saw one that said, anyone 15 years old or under shouldn't read this. But I say screw that, if you think you can handle it go for it. It does have swear words throughout the story, but come on, it's set in a modern high school. Jonathan gets his first boyfriend/gay experience in this book. People feel that might be a little bit of a sour subject. Well, screw them too. So what? It's not like it's full on male on male action going on here, deal with a few little gay kissing.
I felt the end was rather...Just, although not expected, I've seen it before. Things were just wrapped up a little too nicely, but for a stand-alone novel it worked. And, let me tell you Nico knows who to mess with your brain. Have you thinking one thing then the next page, something completely different.
Kylie Minogue, God, I'm falling in love with her. She is a great singer and as soon as i get some money, that girl will be blasting on my stereo. And some insiders information. Each Chapter in this book is named after a Kylie song. Gotta love it.