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There's one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he's a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can't stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda. Then, against al There's one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he's a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can't stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda. Then, against all odds, Jay's family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he's found where he truly belongs, where he can flirt with Very Sexy Boys and search for love. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he'll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones...because after all, life and love don't always go according to plan. From debut novelist Jason June comes a moving and hilarious sex-positive story about the complexities of first loves, first hookups, and first heartbreaks—and how to stay true to yourself while embracing what you never saw coming.


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There's one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he's a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can't stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda. Then, against al There's one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he's a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all this friends can't stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda. Then, against all odds, Jay's family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he's found where he truly belongs, where he can flirt with Very Sexy Boys and search for love. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he'll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones...because after all, life and love don't always go according to plan. From debut novelist Jason June comes a moving and hilarious sex-positive story about the complexities of first loves, first hookups, and first heartbreaks—and how to stay true to yourself while embracing what you never saw coming.

30 review for Jay's Gay Agenda

  1. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    My "adding books to my tbr" agenda :- 1. Don't fall for pretty covers 2. DONT. 3. Read synopsis before reading a book. That's what they are for. 4. Don't write pre review. My "adding books to my tbr" agenda :- 1. Don't fall for pretty covers 2. DONT. 3. Read synopsis before reading a book. That's what they are for. 4. Don't write pre review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    I was in the mood for a YA story with plenty of feels, so when I saw this book's cover and read the blurb, I requested an ARC for review, but mostly because I genuinely wanted to read it. Having grown up quite literally in the middle of nowhere myself, I immediately identified with Jay's circumstances of watching all of my friends begin their romantic adventures, while I waited impatiently for my turn. It was extremely lonely and isolating and not at all recommended. So when Jay's family moved to I was in the mood for a YA story with plenty of feels, so when I saw this book's cover and read the blurb, I requested an ARC for review, but mostly because I genuinely wanted to read it. Having grown up quite literally in the middle of nowhere myself, I immediately identified with Jay's circumstances of watching all of my friends begin their romantic adventures, while I waited impatiently for my turn. It was extremely lonely and isolating and not at all recommended. So when Jay's family moved to Seattle, I was thrilled to see where the story would go from there, allowing Jay more opportunity to grow into the person he was meant to become. Then my heart did a little happy dance when Jay met a cute, nerdy, gay, Asian guy named Albert and they eventually began a slow and steady courtship. And then the rains came... : ( I don't want to throw out a bunch of spoilers; *HOWEVER*, this story did not come with any type of Trigger Warnings, which I don't feel was quite right. One of my very biggest no-no's in romance is CHEATING, which in my opinion definitely happened here and on more than one occasion. Some may argue that, since they hadn't officially stated their status as boyfriends, it wasn't cheating, but I respectfully (and whole-heartedly) disagree. At one point, Jay had just had an amazing date with Albert, definitely wanting them to become boyfriends, then, as he was walking home from that date, (view spoiler)[got a text from the guy he'd been having sex with and -- without even a moment's thought about Albert's feelings -- went to the guy's place and GOT PLOWED like the South 40. (hide spoiler)] Then Jay continued to avoid telling Albert that he'd been sleeping around, because he thought it "might" affect them becoming boyfriends. Ummmmmmmm, YOU THINK??? Aside from the cheating and some over-the-top grand gestures, I did like the story's humor and quirkiness, but it never quite approached full-on love, though. Overall, I'd rate it at around 3.25 stars, but only recommend it once the readers had been provided with a trigger warning about the *repeated* cheating and lying. ----------------------------------------------- My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review. See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links) -----------------------------------------------

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    What a glorious book. I wasn't going to write a whole-ass review, maybe just a quick, cute comment about how cute and messy and queer this was, but I've read a few other reviews and something about them really bothers me. Let's talk about cheating and queer relationships. Most of the negative or lukewarm reviews I've seen on here state that they didn't like this book because the main character cheats on his love interest. Which, frankly, I think is bullshit for several reasons. 1. Queer relationsh What a glorious book. I wasn't going to write a whole-ass review, maybe just a quick, cute comment about how cute and messy and queer this was, but I've read a few other reviews and something about them really bothers me. Let's talk about cheating and queer relationships. Most of the negative or lukewarm reviews I've seen on here state that they didn't like this book because the main character cheats on his love interest. Which, frankly, I think is bullshit for several reasons. 1. Queer relationships - specifically m/m relationships from my experience - are often open-ish, non-monogamous, defy heteronormative standards in some way or another. This is no reason to say they're sinful or superficial. We were told a family makes a man, a woman, a son and a daughter. We all know that is far from the truth. We were also told a relationship is between two people that only have sex with and love each other. Which is just as shortsighted. 2. Feelings are pretty fucking complicated and the way this book talks about romantic and physical attraction is pretty cool. You can be attracted to other people besides your partner, you can even have physical relationships with other people, and you can even have several romantic relationships with other people and still value, love, and care for your partner. All of these things are valid and possible. The fact that YA books like this discuss these dynamics is amazing and even revolutionary, if I may say so. 3. The love interest, Albert, doesn't care about the cheating aspect in itself. Does he love it? No. But what bothers Albert the most is Jay's dishonesty, which makes Albert feel like he is being used to tick off an item on Jay's agenda. 4. This book is messy and perfectly realistic. Navigating relationships is tough, especially when they're undefined and growing. Yes you should always respect your partners, no there is no rule book that will lead you through romantic & sexual entanglements without causing a little bit of personal drama here and there. People are complicated and so are feelings. So Jay has every right to have sex with someone and fall for someone else at the same time. He has every right to continue having sex with someone and start dating someone else. Sure, at some point a conversation has to be had, and it probably won't be a comfortable one because again, people are complicated and so are feelings. Which leads me to my third point again; the problem is not that he is having sex with someone else, but that he isn't being open and honest about it. A relationship takes at least two people so you do owe this special someone your honesty if you want to lead a loving and healthy relationship with them. This is something our guy is only just learning. There needs to be room for mistakes. For people to brush this off as "this is cheating and cheating is bad™, two stars" does not do the novel justice. It's shortsighted and literally misses the point. That being said, not only did I love the realistic portrayal of messy, queer teenagers, I also loved how unapologetically horny this book is. I immediately fell for Max, the genderqueer best friend with amazing hair and a cracked heart (maybe the MC for the sequel?). I also found it genuinely funny, although sometimes the writing (ohmygawd, and the constant face-palming) was just a tad over the top. And lastly, these characters had depth and so did their relationships, whether they were friendly, romantic, or parental. Well-deserved five stars. Find more of my books on Instagram

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aiden Thomas

    JAY'S GAY AGENDA is the charming, funny, sex positive book I wish I had read growing up. Jason June does an incredible job of exploring messy teen relationships through Jay, a charming and deeply flawed protagonist. Painfully relatable and laugh-out-loud funny, JAY'S GAY AGENDA is the teen romcom of your dreams. JAY'S GAY AGENDA is the charming, funny, sex positive book I wish I had read growing up. Jason June does an incredible job of exploring messy teen relationships through Jay, a charming and deeply flawed protagonist. Painfully relatable and laugh-out-loud funny, JAY'S GAY AGENDA is the teen romcom of your dreams.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Jay's Gay Agenda has an absolutely irresistible cover, and the promise of a funny, quirky gay YA romance had me SCREAMING. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. However, to my utter dismay, Jay's Gay Agenda is neither humorous nor endearing. I'm usually hesitant to read new-to-me authors, but I was willing to take a risk on Jason June, mostly due to beautiful marketing and a lot of hype. I'm a huge fan of queer books hitting the big publishing markets, and I was eager to support this book and t Jay's Gay Agenda has an absolutely irresistible cover, and the promise of a funny, quirky gay YA romance had me SCREAMING. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. However, to my utter dismay, Jay's Gay Agenda is neither humorous nor endearing. I'm usually hesitant to read new-to-me authors, but I was willing to take a risk on Jason June, mostly due to beautiful marketing and a lot of hype. I'm a huge fan of queer books hitting the big publishing markets, and I was eager to support this book and this author. One big struggle for me with Jay's Gay Agenda is that the main character is insanely unlikable. I'm talking cheating, lying (like, to a pathological degree), and just a total lack of communication between him and every other character. I get that he is young and eager to live life!, but I really just did not like him one bit. There are a lot of decent and interesting side characters, but that didn't make up for the fact that the MC was just not for me. The plot was also a bit of a struggle. The repetitive lists got to be more of a "thing" than something I enjoyed reading, and I ended up skimming those every time they came up (which was constantly). I also found the word-substitute-instead-of-cursing thing to be a bit... silly? Like a gimmick. I was also confused as to if Covid was a thing in this book? It's kind of mentioned but not really? I was confused. I think this author had the right idea with this story, but it didn't work as a romance for me. It reminded me slightly of Something Like Summer, which I am not a fan of. Maybe this story just needs the right reader for it's kind of humor and writing style. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  6. 4 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: gay mc, Chinese-American gay li, gay genderqueer side character, gay side character, Black side character tw: vomiting ARC provided by the publisher. Full review on Reads Rainbow, but it's fair to say that the cheating & the lying ruined the book for me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ rep: gay mc, Chinese-American gay li, gay genderqueer side character, gay side character, Black side character tw: vomiting ARC provided by the publisher. Full review on Reads Rainbow, but it's fair to say that the cheating & the lying ruined the book for me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was very fun!!! Review to come!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzi

    Heart eyes 5ever. I love a book with messy mistakes and forgiveness and love.

  9. 4 out of 5

    human

    not me adding this book to my tbr because of the cover or anything lol - me every other day, adding books to my tbr

  10. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    So this wasn't quite the lovely, hilarious, quirky, queer, YA love story I expected it to be. It was, however, very sex positive (though in only one specific way.. more on that later) and I think that should definitely be celebrated. Mostly because it's the only positive thing I can attribute to this read. Sorry, no, that's a lie. I liked Jay's parents. Who were also very sex positive. There we go. The problem really starts, and ends, with the main character. Not only was he a bit OTT in some way So this wasn't quite the lovely, hilarious, quirky, queer, YA love story I expected it to be. It was, however, very sex positive (though in only one specific way.. more on that later) and I think that should definitely be celebrated. Mostly because it's the only positive thing I can attribute to this read. Sorry, no, that's a lie. I liked Jay's parents. Who were also very sex positive. There we go. The problem really starts, and ends, with the main character. Not only was he a bit OTT in some ways he was just completely.. well, dick-crazed? To put it nicely, I guess (it would've been nice if the focus on virginity hadn't been so prevalent but also why did no single person address the fact that sex comes in lots of forms, not just penetrative? for a queer novel, this was a very heteronormative view). And he was totally oblivious to literally so much, including his own hypocrisies. I'm not saying he was the only one to be guilty of such, and hey, this is a bunch of eighteen year olds we're talking about here, but.. still. I wish I could've loved this but I barely liked it. I hope people can enjoy this, because I absolutely think queer readers need messy romcoms they can see themselves in, and there's definitely a plethora of messy romcoms for those of us who are straight, I just.. I hated the lying, yes, and I hated the cheating, but more than that (and this is big because I really hate cheating) was how easily he was forgiven. By literally everyone. Yes, yes, it's a YA, we need to wrap up everything nicely, but.. nope. Teens deserve to see consequences play out. We all do. It's part of life. Also, COVID/quarantine was mentioned offhand like twice and a) that was really jarring and b) no, stop, I don't want this in my fiction. I have no idea if there's more to come because GR indicates this is the first in a series but I don't think I'll be reading on. Especially not if book two is from Jay's POV. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ☆Pelumi☆ (On major hiatus)

    Me: My tbr list is full damn! Still me: *whistles* Okay just this one My tbr list: nOOOooooo Me: But..the cover! My tbr list: Me: My tbr list is full damn! Still me: *whistles* Okay just this one My tbr list: nOOOooooo Me: But..the cover! My tbr list:

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lord

    I loved, loved, loved this book, to the point where I'm dangerously like? Whomst would I NOT die for in this narrative?? Relatable, hilarious, messy, earnest, and heartfelt, just the way the best coming of age stories are. I loved being in Jay's head throughout this book and buckling up for the lovely ride, and loved its ensemble of characters every bit as much. (Also, as someone who also grew up in Seattle like Jay, loved seeing this gorgeous, diverse, often underrated city so well accounted fo I loved, loved, loved this book, to the point where I'm dangerously like? Whomst would I NOT die for in this narrative?? Relatable, hilarious, messy, earnest, and heartfelt, just the way the best coming of age stories are. I loved being in Jay's head throughout this book and buckling up for the lovely ride, and loved its ensemble of characters every bit as much. (Also, as someone who also grew up in Seattle like Jay, loved seeing this gorgeous, diverse, often underrated city so well accounted for in a story <333.) A book that will set the tone for many to follow. Can't wait for it to be out in the world!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars. Jay's Gay Agenda , the debut novel from Jason June, is a cute, sex-positive story about finding your tribe. Actually coming out to his friends and family wasn’t difficult—no one seemed too surprised that Jay was gay and no one made fun of him. But in his small Washington town it appears he’s the only gay person. How will he ever find a boyfriend and get to have the amazing memories and experiences he’s dreamed of if he’s the only LGBTQ person around? When his mother gets transferred t 3.5 stars. Jay's Gay Agenda , the debut novel from Jason June, is a cute, sex-positive story about finding your tribe. Actually coming out to his friends and family wasn’t difficult—no one seemed too surprised that Jay was gay and no one made fun of him. But in his small Washington town it appears he’s the only gay person. How will he ever find a boyfriend and get to have the amazing memories and experiences he’s dreamed of if he’s the only LGBTQ person around? When his mother gets transferred to Seattle, it seems to be the answer to his prayers. His new school even has a Queer-Straight Alliance! He can’t wait for the move, to meet a handsome boy and be able to cross things off his “agenda”—like holding hands, being part of a queer group of friends, and, of course, losing his virginity. And while it’s not long before he makes a great friend and meets the boy of his dreams, he quickly finds out how difficult it is to choose between a relationship that moves slowly and romantically and one that goes right to the bedroom. He also is torn between embracing his new life and remembering those he left behind, those who stood behind him before he moved. Can he fulfill his agenda without letting people down in the process? This was a sweet book, a story about how good it feels to finally be among those with whom you have things in common. I love reading stories where a person's sexuality isn’t an issue and where no one has a problem with it. The characters in Jay's Gay Agenda are fun and genuine, and while they may have their struggles between right and wrong, this book definitely sends good messages to teenagers and others who need them. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    ➵ this story is so refreshing. it's less about finding love or coming out and more about simply being gay and embracing the revitalising change that a new place brings, the exhilaration of finding a support system, and of course, exploring the thrill in crossing off items on a list — one that includes everything from befriending another gay to losing one's virginity. it's unconventionally, unabashedly sexy and doesn't shy away from portraying gay culture through an unfiltered lens. certain speci ➵ this story is so refreshing. it's less about finding love or coming out and more about simply being gay and embracing the revitalising change that a new place brings, the exhilaration of finding a support system, and of course, exploring the thrill in crossing off items on a list — one that includes everything from befriending another gay to losing one's virginity. it's unconventionally, unabashedly sexy and doesn't shy away from portraying gay culture through an unfiltered lens. certain specific decisions might not be the most righteous but that's something to appreciate from the realistically flawed characterisation and unintentional hurt that a young adult story can wonderfully portray. hilarious and messy, with a diverse side cast, this is a book i would recommend. ↣ listened to the audiobook on scribd ↢ ➵ starting on one breezy afternoon while i sort this dishevelled drawer. what i expect is a sex-positive, hilarious, and messy teen contemporary while it also features coming-of-age themes, flawed characters, and painful yet realistic sides — as mentioned in this post on my blog.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: A book that published in 2021 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 because math After finishing this book, I'm feeling very, very conflicted about it. On one hand, those who identify as LGBTQA definitely deserve a book that is a rom com that resembles thousands of heteronormative books that feature almost the same plot. On the other hand, I feel like they deserve something/someone better than Jay. This I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: A book that published in 2021 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 because math After finishing this book, I'm feeling very, very conflicted about it. On one hand, those who identify as LGBTQA definitely deserve a book that is a rom com that resembles thousands of heteronormative books that feature almost the same plot. On the other hand, I feel like they deserve something/someone better than Jay. This is a common trend in my reviews: I'm not a huge fan of books where the only reason the plot is able to move forward is because the protagonist is almost a pathological liar. And this book definitely only moves forward because the protagonist lies to just about everyone and everything. And then gets mad and upset when all his lies collapse. And, because YA/new adult books have to be tied up with a pretty bow, the protagonist is forgiven by friends/loved ones when he really shouldn't have been. There's just something about Jay that was inherently unlikable to me. He's just unsympathetic; every problem in the book is his fault and it takes an extremely long time for him to realize that. He just keeps doing dumb shit and, after a while, it gets very annoying. Jay is supposed to be this super smart character, but he truly is just a dumb ass who thinks only with his penis. Additionally, after he fucks over the other characters multiple times, he is forgiven way too easily. There's also the fact that the author mentions COVID-19 (but at random times? It's so inconsistent). Which will date the book so quick. Also, people read for escapism so I definitely could have done without random reminders that COVID is a thing. I like how Jay complains about people being out and doing things in the time of COVID, but then hooks up with a random person? On the other hand, I absolutely adored Jay's parents. I would love to read a whole book about them and the shenanigans they have lived through. Jay's dad probably was the only reason I kept reading; I wanted more scenes between him and Jay. I know people are going to love this book. And they should. There are thousands versions of this book that exist for the straights, so it's beyond time that the gays get their version. I just... wish it was a better version.

  16. 4 out of 5

    emi

    I was looking forward to a cute, sex-positive book about a boy finding himself in a big city but what I got was an 18-going-on-12-year-old boy who lied constantly, for no reason, to all of his friends (as well as cheated on them :/) and then he had the audacity to wonder why they were all mad at him in the end. There was some positives about this book, including LGBTQ+ representation and um, I'm sure there's other stuff. There really isn't that many positives. I'd take the time to make a list, b I was looking forward to a cute, sex-positive book about a boy finding himself in a big city but what I got was an 18-going-on-12-year-old boy who lied constantly, for no reason, to all of his friends (as well as cheated on them :/) and then he had the audacity to wonder why they were all mad at him in the end. There was some positives about this book, including LGBTQ+ representation and um, I'm sure there's other stuff. There really isn't that many positives. I'd take the time to make a list, but considering 99% of this book was just Jay making lists, I honestly hope I never see a list again. Jay's entire personality trait was the fact that he wanted a boyfriend and/or dick. I mean, it's fine to want to be in a relationship and/ordick. There is nothing wrong with that. But if that's your entire personality, then there might need to be some stuff you have to work through first, or the situation is just going to end up badly. The relationships in this book is 100% an example of this and I hated it. You should be in a relationship because you feel like you want to be in one, not that you need to be in one. Every other sentence was a joke that tried way too hard and fell flat or a pop-culture reference that will be irrelevant in two years. Jay kept on making lists for every little thing, which is fine until they show up on every other page. I literally had to hold myself back from ripping one of the lists completely out of the book. They became so annoying. I can't. This book was not it. I ended up skimming through most of it and read the entire thing in an hour and a half. That is an hour and a half I will never be getting back.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ris Sasaki

    This is the worst book I've read all year There. I said it. I'm kinda sorry for being so harsh and rude but I'm also sorry for all those hours that I spent reading this book. . . We all know how important it is to have more representation in books and how much the LGBTQA+ community needs more books in the market but still... Sometimes we just have to admit that representation is not enough to make a book good. So... where should we start. . . The writing was really bad. I'm no english major but e This is the worst book I've read all year There. I said it. I'm kinda sorry for being so harsh and rude but I'm also sorry for all those hours that I spent reading this book. . . We all know how important it is to have more representation in books and how much the LGBTQA+ community needs more books in the market but still... Sometimes we just have to admit that representation is not enough to make a book good. So... where should we start. . . The writing was really bad. I'm no english major but even I could realise that the writing style and the story in general was in a HUGE NEED of editing and more work. I get that the book centers around a list that Jay creates but was it really necessary to put in every single chapter his gay agenda over and over again? It just seemed like a mechanism to achieve the minimal word or page count to be quite honest. Also, you could tell by the way that the teens interacted, acted and said things that the author is WAAAY past the teenage years. It just seemed at times that they wanted to put things that were trending in the period they wrote the story so it would seem more modern. And let's not even talk throughly about the fact that all those teens (especially Jay) could think about was SEX. It was sex after sex after sex. Nothing else. No personality, no dreams, no aspirations, no negative thoughts. . . Only sex. I get the fact that the MC lived 18 years of his life not even meeting a gay guy and he's feeling left out and desperate, but are you serious? Not even the most perverted gay guys that I've met in my life are that PERVERTED. Overall, this was a completely mess. From the cliche plot choices, to the poor writing and characterization this unfortunately was a huge let down and waste of time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    jut

    i guess it's gonna be someone's cup of tea but it wasn't mine! i did even find some parts cute, but it was messy and almost gave me headache, also and most important i'm NOT a fan of cheating or lying (not even if you consider/think of those things)! i guess it's gonna be someone's cup of tea but it wasn't mine! i did even find some parts cute, but it was messy and almost gave me headache, also and most important i'm NOT a fan of cheating or lying (not even if you consider/think of those things)!

  19. 5 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    My problems with this story lie not with the story itself, but with the writing. The writing felt very cartoonish, like somebody was trying to imagine what being a teenager in the 2020’s was like, and ended up with a very warped mess of teenage references that real teenagers would never say or do. This surrealism was very cringy to read at times, which is an ultimate turn-off for contemporaries for me. If you, like me, are a person who has a desire to consume all queer media available, I would re My problems with this story lie not with the story itself, but with the writing. The writing felt very cartoonish, like somebody was trying to imagine what being a teenager in the 2020’s was like, and ended up with a very warped mess of teenage references that real teenagers would never say or do. This surrealism was very cringy to read at times, which is an ultimate turn-off for contemporaries for me. If you, like me, are a person who has a desire to consume all queer media available, I would recommend you read this book. it will give you queer feels, and overall isn’t a waste of time. However, if you’re a person who is more selective with your book choices, I wouldn’t recommend this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I haven’t been this happy after finishing a book in quite a while. You know that feeling of having eaten an incredible meal? You’re full, but also so satisfied! That’s how I feel right now after finishing Jay’s Gay Agenda. Jay is such a relatable character. He hasn’t met another Gay guy until he moves to Seattle. Then the floodgate opens and he neeeeeeeds to experience it all. The charcuterie of meat is ripe for the taking, as they say. I remember coming out and feeling the EXACT SAME WAY! Max is I haven’t been this happy after finishing a book in quite a while. You know that feeling of having eaten an incredible meal? You’re full, but also so satisfied! That’s how I feel right now after finishing Jay’s Gay Agenda. Jay is such a relatable character. He hasn’t met another Gay guy until he moves to Seattle. Then the floodgate opens and he neeeeeeeds to experience it all. The charcuterie of meat is ripe for the taking, as they say. I remember coming out and feeling the EXACT SAME WAY! Max is the GBF I always wanted to be. He becomes Jay’s Gay Guide throughout the book, teaching him the ways of the Gays. When you move to a new town, it’s hard to meet new people, so I was happy Jay had that person to turn to. When you meet someone and click, it’s just meant to be. Albert is the sexy nerd we all salivate over and when his Meet Cute with Jay happens, you can’t help but smile. I couldn’t help falling in love with him myself. He is the epitome of gentleman and I really want a book 2, so that we can really get a full book of their love story. I honestly have nothing bad to say about it, which is the sign of an INCREDIBLE book! I’m left with a smile on my face and an immediate need to reread😂 I definitely needed a sex positive YA book in my life when I was younger. I have it now, which makes me happy for all the gays coming out now. The future is definitely GAY! Thank You to Epic Reads & Jason June for my copy of Jay’s Gay Agenda in return for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Hannafey

    The PERFECT GAY ROM-COM of 2021! Never have I laughed or cried in a book so much! JAY’S GAY AGENDA is a KNOCKOUT! Jay Collier is the gayest high school kid in a small Washington town. To make his gay dreams come true, Jay does a to-do list of all the things he plans to do, like for example having a boyfriend, etc. Soon in the book, he moves to Seattle and meets Albert, a Asian gay video game nerd. But then he meets Tony also. Jay loves both men, but must chose one as he continues to check his to The PERFECT GAY ROM-COM of 2021! Never have I laughed or cried in a book so much! JAY’S GAY AGENDA is a KNOCKOUT! Jay Collier is the gayest high school kid in a small Washington town. To make his gay dreams come true, Jay does a to-do list of all the things he plans to do, like for example having a boyfriend, etc. Soon in the book, he moves to Seattle and meets Albert, a Asian gay video game nerd. But then he meets Tony also. Jay loves both men, but must chose one as he continues to check his to-do list until the very last check! Hilarious, sexy, and romantic, JAY’S GAY AGENDA is the perfect book for everyone for those who need a laugh! Loved this book so much that I wish this book could’ve came early in my life in my teens! Thank NetGalley for this ARC of this amazing debut book by Jason June!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    PLEASE I NEED THIS (I know very little about it but!! it sounds amazing!!)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trio

    Snarky, sassy, sweet and so full of soul, Jason June’s Jay’s Gay Agenda kept me smiling from the very start! I’m thoroughly impressed by the pace this talented author keeps up as Jay takes us along for the ride of a lifetime. Growing up as the only out gay student in a very small town, Jay’s culture shock is understandable when he’s plunked down in sophisticated Seattle at the start of his Senior year in high school. In the process of crossing items off of his to-do list, Jay finds out that growi Snarky, sassy, sweet and so full of soul, Jason June’s Jay’s Gay Agenda kept me smiling from the very start! I’m thoroughly impressed by the pace this talented author keeps up as Jay takes us along for the ride of a lifetime. Growing up as the only out gay student in a very small town, Jay’s culture shock is understandable when he’s plunked down in sophisticated Seattle at the start of his Senior year in high school. In the process of crossing items off of his to-do list, Jay finds out that growing up has more to do with being human, than it does with how one identifies. Issues like loyalty, understanding, honesty, and feeling wanted and accepted, are universal. And learning how to function in society has its challenges, no matter where you call home. We all can relate to some of the things Jay faces, and just watching Jay navigate his way through them is a pleasure. A beautifully written, heartfelt story, I absolutely adored Jay’s Gay Agenda. thank you to HarperCollins publishers, through NetGalley, for the advanced copy of Jay’s Gay Agenda, all opinions are my own

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steven Salvatore

    Equal parts fish-out-of-water early 2000s romcom and subversive gay coming-of-age story, JAY'S GAY AGENDA is the sex-positive book that I wish I had as a teen. I love how Jason June wasn't afraid to write such a flawed character in a way that was refreshingly optimistic; Jay was learning and growing and even though he made a lot of mistakes, nothing was intentional, and I feel like that's a really hard balance to strike. What Jason June does here is write a strikingly realistic exploration of se Equal parts fish-out-of-water early 2000s romcom and subversive gay coming-of-age story, JAY'S GAY AGENDA is the sex-positive book that I wish I had as a teen. I love how Jason June wasn't afraid to write such a flawed character in a way that was refreshingly optimistic; Jay was learning and growing and even though he made a lot of mistakes, nothing was intentional, and I feel like that's a really hard balance to strike. What Jason June does here is write a strikingly realistic exploration of sexuality that, even though it's sometimes coated in adorable small town phrases (like Jay's inability to say a certain four letter F curse and instead says "frack") and a cute, glossy, wide-eyed sheen, the book isn't afraid to delve into what gay cultures looks like in terms of dating and hooking up and sex (the difference between romance and carnal lust, particularly, is explored here, as well as the ways in which sexual relationships form quickly in The Gay World) and that really breaks down the heteronormative romcom structure in ways that I found SO SO SO welcoming. Sign me up for anything that reshapes the romcom from the typical heteronormative structure to something that is so perfectly and fittingly G-A-Y!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "You're sweeter than a Snickers, Jay. It's what I like about you. We're all jaded city kids here, but everything is so new to you. You're like a gay baby. You're a gayby!" One of the best books I have read in 2021. Jay's Gay Agenda is a laugh-out-loud hilarious story about realistic and messy queer teens trying to navigate their romantic and platonic relationships. REVIEW I cannot tell you the number of times I laughed, giggled, and squealed reading this book. There were too many to count. (I "You're sweeter than a Snickers, Jay. It's what I like about you. We're all jaded city kids here, but everything is so new to you. You're like a gay baby. You're a gayby!" One of the best books I have read in 2021. Jay's Gay Agenda is a laugh-out-loud hilarious story about realistic and messy queer teens trying to navigate their romantic and platonic relationships. REVIEW I cannot tell you the number of times I laughed, giggled, and squealed reading this book. There were too many to count. (I mean, yes, I did tab this book so I can show you at least some of the exact moments I laughed and squealed.) But really, this book is so funny and so cute. The second I hit page 56, I knew this was going to be a 5-star read. This book is written in first-person, and at times it felt like Jay was speaking directly to me. He is real and messy teen who is exploring his gay sexuality for the first time. He makes mistakes and tries to compartmentalise his choices, I could relate a lot to some of the struggles Jay was going through. I made a lot of the same mistakes that Jay did when I was having all my "firsts," so I was left cringing when I saw Jay doing the same—wishing that I could pull him aside and say "HONEY, NO, DON'T DO THAT!" Jay let's you know every thought that passes through his head and, as a Virgo, he writes lists to deal with every issue he faces. I loved seeing all the lists he created in the book, like the Gay Agenda and the Albert Adjectives. Jay is also a stats nerd. In almost every chapter you learn a new statistic, whether it is the number of people who die from being crushed by vending machines or the statistical probability of the boy he just talked to also being gay. It was such a fun addition to the book and Jay's personality. I loved all the side-characters... I mean, do I dare call Max a side-character when he so clearly demands all the love and attention in the world? Max is genderqueer and goes by she/her and he/him pronouns, and I loved Max. Max is an incredibly complex character who is going through their own struggles throughout the book. I would honestly say that Max has an entire side-story that runs parallel to Jay's. I really loved how Max took Jay under his wing and became is Gay Guide (or Jizz Genie; but, like Jay, that wasn't my go-to term). They were hilarious together and they always made me laugh. Jay has a childhood best-friend, Lu, who he was joined at the hip with before moving to Seattle. A lot of this book focus on how their relationship becomes strained as Jay moves and his priorities shift. As someone who has moved schools and homes a lot, I could relate to the struggles Jay felt in this relationship. I squealed every time Jay and Albert interacted. They were just so damn cute together, it had me melting into a puddle of goop. Albert is a true cinnamon-roll and he is obsessed with this game that is like Pokémon Go—an arrow to my heart. I really loved their progression and that it was slightly slow-burn, because it added to the connection they were building. From the beginning it is clear that the conflict of this novel will be Jay deciding whether to go back to his hometown for the annual Hoedown with his childhood bestie or staying in Seattle to attend Homecoming at his new school. However, I was shocked as hell by the way everything went down. I knew it was going to be a messy situation... but my gods, it was like a garbage truck dumped its load all over poor Jay. I really loved how this book focused on how open communication is key is all relationships—whether it be family, friends, or romantic partners. And I really appreciated the way in which each conflict was resolved. This book is pitched as being sex-positive, and I agree with that statement. I loved the conversations Jay had with various characters. Characters who regretted their first-time and were pressured into it, characters who wanted to wait before pursuing a physical connection, characters who had multiple one-night stands, and just horny teens in general. I really appreciated this because I am a huge advocate for sex-positive YA novels. I think it is so important for teens to read books where they understand that it is both okay to want sex and not want sex. There is no right or wrong--but it must be consensual and something you are not pushed into. There are also a few conversations about safe-sex and STDs, and also allusions to masturbation—which aren't always brought up in YA novels. But for anyone wondering, no, there are no on-page descriptive sex-scenes. This is a YA novel. Come on people. However, you do get all the foreplay leading to up to the sex scene and a conversation afterwards about it—so if that makes you uncomfortable, I just want to let you know. There is a lot of representation in this book, both sexually and racially. We get a lot of conversations about stereotypes and how harmful they can be to a teenager who is trying to find their place in the world. Additionally, Lu lives below the poverty-line and there are conversations about how much of a struggle it is to live with nothing to support you. This book is amazing. Buy this book. If you don't buy this book, you are doing yourself a disservice. Really. Without this book in your life, you be an incomplete puzzle. You need this book to be a fully-functioning human. I'm just saying. I cannot wait to see what Jason June writes next, they are a new auto-buy author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    For a debut, it was a decent beginning. Readers should remember that teenagers can be very self-centered and short-sighted, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I keep telling myself not to judge Jay too harshly because he’s just a teenager trying to figure himself out. Mistakes will be made and there should be room for bad decisions. The key for me is that he learned from them and made amends. Jay was focused on the experienced HE wanted to have as a gay young man, and he made a list (agenda) For a debut, it was a decent beginning. Readers should remember that teenagers can be very self-centered and short-sighted, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I keep telling myself not to judge Jay too harshly because he’s just a teenager trying to figure himself out. Mistakes will be made and there should be room for bad decisions. The key for me is that he learned from them and made amends. Jay was focused on the experienced HE wanted to have as a gay young man, and he made a list (agenda) to guide him. He didn’t necessarily consider how his choices would affect his friends and the people he cares about. I would rather someone made these mistakes as a young teenager rather than a 30 year old man. He wasn’t the most likeable character but he was evolving and I felt this author depicted a realistic story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    read our review on reads rainbow i did appreciate how messy jay was allowed to be but (view spoiler)[someone tell me if he was actually cheating on albert throughout because neither of them thought so but i did and i'm losing my damn mind (hide spoiler)] okay i thought on it (helped by anna's reading it and sending me quotes) and no. me and this book just didn't get along Rep: gay mc, Chinese American gay li, gay genderqueer side character, gay side character, Black side character, Sout read our review on reads rainbow i did appreciate how messy jay was allowed to be but (view spoiler)[someone tell me if he was actually cheating on albert throughout because neither of them thought so but i did and i'm losing my damn mind (hide spoiler)] okay i thought on it (helped by anna's reading it and sending me quotes) and no. me and this book just didn't get along Rep: gay mc, Chinese American gay li, gay genderqueer side character, gay side character, Black side character, South Asian(?) side character CWs: vomiting

  28. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Jay Collier decides it is time to stop hiding and come out. After a supportive coming out journey, Jay soon realizes that he is the only LGBTQ kid in his small hometown. Thinking that he will never truly be himself, Jay's parents surprise him and tell him they are moving to Seattle. Jay is thrilled with this news and finds himself surrounded by people just like him. As he tries to navigate his new life, Jay might learn what it really means to be true to yourself. First thing I have to say is I l Jay Collier decides it is time to stop hiding and come out. After a supportive coming out journey, Jay soon realizes that he is the only LGBTQ kid in his small hometown. Thinking that he will never truly be himself, Jay's parents surprise him and tell him they are moving to Seattle. Jay is thrilled with this news and finds himself surrounded by people just like him. As he tries to navigate his new life, Jay might learn what it really means to be true to yourself. First thing I have to say is I love the positive talk about sex in this book. Jason June handles talk about sex in a way people can understand but to let people know that it is nothing to be ashamed of or to hide away and never bring up again. I love the positive spotlight shown on the LGBTQ community and how all types of people are welcomed and accepted. I liked Jay as a character, his list making skills, his love for his family and friends and his love for himself and who he is. That being said though he isn't without his faults as some situations that take place he doesn't handle too well. He does right his wrongs in the end and proves that everybody makes mistakes but the way you handle them is what shows people what kind of person you are. I am trying very hard to not spoiling anything as I think you should give this a try for yourselves but one thing I can say is the serious topics this book explores are handled with respect and written very well. The topic of stereotypes and how harmful and hurtful they can be, how it's important to be yourself and live your truth, and how sometimes things that seem important in the moment aren't really in the grand scheme of things. The romance was very adorable and cute with relatively low drama. Albert was a adorable love interest and super patient and understanding with Jay. I loved seeing their relationship blossom into something really beautiful. Even different types of love and relationships are brought up and explored very well. Friendships are just as important or even more important then relationships. How you shouldn't forget them no matter what happens and you shouldn't shut them out to spare them pain. Having people to talk to in a moment of pain is better then dealing with it alone. What this book has taught me is that you should never forget where you come from or who you have in your life. That friends can be family and family loves you no matter what you do or mistakes you make. I hope for a sequel to this, cause I would love to read more about Jay and his found family and what life has in store for them next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    This book was filled with so many messy mistakes on the MC's behalf, mistakes that if I'm honest, I struggle to get onboard with (e.g. cheating and lying). However, they're the messy mistakes of a teenage boy caught up in the throws of being able to explore his sexuality for the first time and whilst they're majorly crappy mistakes that understandably hurt people, they may not be entirely unrealistic for someone in Jay's position. I was relieved to see that said mistakes were also called out and This book was filled with so many messy mistakes on the MC's behalf, mistakes that if I'm honest, I struggle to get onboard with (e.g. cheating and lying). However, they're the messy mistakes of a teenage boy caught up in the throws of being able to explore his sexuality for the first time and whilst they're majorly crappy mistakes that understandably hurt people, they may not be entirely unrealistic for someone in Jay's position. I was relieved to see that said mistakes were also called out and apologised for. Was this perfect? No. Was it frustrating? Yes. Was it entertaining? Also yes. Overall, this was an incredibly messy yet sex positive coming-of-age story filled with mistakes, drama, adorableness and scenes that kind of made me want to tear my hair out with frustration. But I enjoyed it nevertheless and whilst I didn't *love* this story, I did enjoy the writing style and character creation, so I can't wait to see what Jason June writes next. Also would 10/10 recommend the audiobook if you're thinking of picking this up, the narrator was fab!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    The cover's already won my heart, I know the book will too. I can't wait!😭 The cover's already won my heart, I know the book will too. I can't wait!😭

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