ARC Review – Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

17924987Title:  Fan Art

Author: Sarah Tregay

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

Huge thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay is a such a cute love story. I love stories about people who are confident in who they are (for the most part), but understand that not everything is as it seems, especially when it comes to falling for your best friend. That’s pretty much the entire story of this book, and while it was adorable at times, I had a few issues with it.

I feel like a good book needs to have a good balance of showing versus telling and Jamie is a teller, not a shower. In fact, about 90% of this book is Jamie telling events instead of the reader engaging in them, which didn’t always appeal to me. The writing was very flat at times as well, and think a lot of the wit that Jamie attempts to posses didn’t always translate well due to the flatness in the text. I wanted more emotion, more drive, and I felt like everything in this story was just a bit too easily handled. In fact, I think that’s my issue with the story — everything seems too easy.

While Jamie and Mason are cute, I didn’t always feel like I understood their attraction for each other outside of their “hotness,” which was what was frequently mentioned. I felt like we knew so much about Jamie and his life, and Mason just didn’t quite measure in comparison — I didn’t feel like I fully understood the appeal, whereas in a book like One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva, you totally got the connection and how deep it was between Alek and Ethan. For a romance novel, I think I was just expecting more than I got from the characters, and truthfully, I didn’t always feel connected to them.

However, I will say, there are tons of really sweet romantic scenes in this book, and some of the social issues are well placed and explained and that I enjoyed immensely. I thought the ending was very sweet, if a bit too simple, and I loved how imperfect Jamie was, because when he explains stories from his past, he’s easy to understand and be sympathetic towards.

While I was iffy on the poetry elements, I thought overall they were done very well and they did have the feeling of the kinds of poetry teens would write in high school. I adored the comics that were inserted into the story and I thought that was a beautiful touch. Fan Art is really, really cute, and is worth checking out if you’re not expecting too much from a very sweet and simple male-male love story.

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