Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Getting It by Alex Sanchez

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 9, 2007)

Fifteen-year-old Carlos Amoroso is a virgin, and he isn't happy about it. He'd love to hook up with gorgeous Roxy, but she has no idea he's alive. Watching a TV show one night gives Carlos an idea: What if he got a makeover from Sal, a senior at his school who's gay? Sal agrees-but only if Carlos helps him start a Gay-Straight Alliance. Carlos doesn't expect the catch. What are his friends going to think. And is he ever going to get what he wants?

When Carlos see's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy he gets this idea that Sal can give him a makeover that will help get him the girl of his dreams. But when the girl of his dreams comes between Carlos and Sal's deal and friendship, Carlos's world gets even more complicated.
Getting it is about not only love but becoming more understanding to people that are different then you are.
Plot: Not the most original when it comes to the whole makeover thing, but because it has to deal with GSA, it makes it an interesting twist to the story. It was overall a good book and although the message is a good one, I don't feel it really made much of a difference.
Characters: Carlos who is the main character doesn't do through any changes intill the end of the book. He becomes less homophobic and helps with the GSA. But blows off the first meeting to hook up with a girl. This is already half-way into the story and i felt he should have come farther then this. Sal is pretty cool, major polite and sweet. And kinda what you would expect from a gay guy. Carlos's friends are pretty much asses, untill the end when 2/3 actually change for the better and the other stays ignorant and assy. Roxy is shallow. Nuff' said
They are well written but i feel they were lacking. And these teens are always getting online hook-ups? That wasn't very believable to me. But in all okay on the character front.
Cover: Cute, Half Naked Guy, I really can't complain. And the colthing has to do with the story line so it's a nice tie-in.
Ages: 13 and up, sexual stuff and some language. Nothing that bad. Although breasteses are seen. Beware of the bresteses.

Rating: 3

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