Tregay, Sarah. Fan Art. Katherine Tegen Books. 2014. $17.99. 368p. HC. 978-0062243157.
Jamie is in love with his best friend, but he’s terrified to tell him for fear he will ruin their lifelong friendship. He keeps his attraction deeply hidden, or so he thinks. After a fellow student submits a comic for the school paper depicting two boys who in love, Jamie has to decide whether he should follow his heart or take the easier path.
With an easy, conversational writing style and a character-driven story, this book fits well into the realm of YA realistic fiction. Fan Art is more about Jamie’s choices as an editor for the school literary mag, and his orientation is more of a side issue. Like Nancy Garden’s The Year They Burned the Books, the focus is on freedom of speech. The question is whether the comic should have been included in the paper because teachers and other students object to the controversial depiction of two gay students. The novel is an excellent addition to high school and public library’s young adult collections.
Jenni Frencham, Librarian
Cesar Chavez Middle School, Hayward (CA)