Fan Art

Paperback | June 7, 2016

bySarah TregayIllustratorMelissa Dejesus

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A sweet contemporary romance about a boy who falls in love with his best friend and the girls who help them get together.

Jamie Peterson has a problem: Even though he tries to keep his feelings to himself, everyone seems to know how he feels about Mason, and the girls in his art class are determined to help them get together. Telling the truth could ruin Jamie and Mason’s friendship, but it could also mean a chance at happiness. Falling in love is easy, except when it’s not, and Jamie must decide if coming clean to Mason is worth facing his worst fear.

In Fan Art, Sarah Tregay, the author of the romantic Love and Leftovers, explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most. Fan Art is perfect for fans of contemporary romances as well as novels like Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan and Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.

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A sweet contemporary romance about a boy who falls in love with his best friend and the girls who help them get together.Jamie Peterson has a problem: Even though he tries to keep his feelings to himself, everyone seems to know how he feels about Mason, and the girls in his art class are determined to help them get together. Telling th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062243160

ISBN - 13:9780062243164

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light but Predictable I bought this book when it first came out, and unfortunately didn’t pick it up to read it until a few weeks ago. But I am glad that I finally read it. Jamie is a senior in high school who only has a few weeks left until he graduates, but his road to graduation has a few more bumps than expected. He’s one of the head of staff of the newly resurrected school newspaper Gumshoe, he’s got a major growing crush on his best friend Mason, and he’s struggling with the idea of publicly coming out to his friends and community before he leaves for college. I have to say the book was a little predictable, it was clear what was going to happen between him and Mason, however I picked up the book fully expecting it, and romantic tragedies aren’t really a thing in YA novels so I can’t really fault it for that. But that aside the book did leave me wanting more. To me, it seemed like the supporting characters were simply supporting, there wasn’t as much depth as I was expecting and at the end of the novel it felt like they were more loose ends than actual characters. Which brings me to the main big problem I had with the plot. **Spoilers!!!*** The last big plot point, the thing that really pushes Mason and Jamie to finally get together and realize that they both love each other is the result of a stupid harmful successful attempt of outing the two of them. The two being forcibly outed never really sat well with me, and the means the person went through (come on making hundreds/thousands of photocopies of the fanart of the two of them, putting it in all of the graduation booklets without being caught?!) That just seemed way too far fetched for me to believe. **Spoilers done!!!*** Overall it was a good book, it wasn’t bind blowing, but I wasn’t looking for something to knock my socks off in the first place. I would totally recommend it to anyone who wants a light read, or someone who’s looking to add another LGBTQ book to their collection.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Light-hearted I loved it. I loved the fluffy, silliness of it. I can recommend Fan Art to anyone who liked Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, or Will Grayson, Will Grayson, or Geography Club.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Cute Some of my friends pitched in and bought me this book about two years ago for my birthday and I could not put it down. The struggles of Jamie danced on every page as you see him wanting to take the chance and yet hesistates because he thinks his feelings are unreturned. My favourite part about this book are the supporting charcters, as they were extremely well-developed and were this huge part in Jamie and Mason's relationship. P.S. The comic was a very cute bonus!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ahh the memories This was the first lgbt+ book I ever read so it hold a special place in my heart. It was cute, and that's more or less it. No hard turns, or plot twists, its a feel good book. It made me happy.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I borrowed this book from the library. It was a really great book it wasn't something that would smack you right in the face. It was more settle and sweet. I'm glad I picked this up because it was the first time I read these kind of books.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute light-hearted read Jamie loves Mason, and he doesn't even know how he can tell him. When fangirls from the Art club decide to create a comic strip that wholly resembles the two, that's when Jamie gathers courage to tell his best friend the truth. That he's gay and in love with him. Will he accept him or not? Starting a book that has two boys as a couple is new and refreshing. Having it be the main character's best friend tended to be problematic. There's nothing worse than being friends with someone you're in love with. And this was the biggest issue that Jamie goes through. You see him struggle with his feelings and it was so hard for him. How much he felt especially when he was around him. Of course, I was cheering for them to get together every second I was reading. It was just so cute. Obviously, you know as a reader that they both care for each other very deeply, and that it took a while for them to realize it. It's like one of those movies that you keep watching just so you can see them kiss in the end. I thought the book's length was just right, neither was it too long or too short. The story develops in comfortable pace, but I just felt bored at some parts only because nothing really happens much except their daily lives. I just wanted to know if the two would get together and that was the main reason why I kept on reading. Did I mention that I love that he designs magazine pages? So lovely to see in a book and to know what they're talking about! If you love your cute contemporaries, be sure to pick this one up. Fan Art had me smiling and laughing all through out the book. Definitely recommend for a light-heart read!
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but a little predictable Jamie Peterson’s in love with his best friend. He’s tried to keep his crush a secret but it seems like everyone already knows, and some of the girls in his art class are trying to help him confess his feelings. But if Jamie tells Mason then he risks Mason reacting badly and the end of their friendship. This was a cute contemporary read. It had a very romantic comedy type feel to it, which is a huge guilty(or not so guilty) pleasure of mine so I enjoyed a lot about this book. I did find it a little slow and predictable at times but overall, it was a fun read. I really enjoyed Jamie’s voice and he was an easy character to empathize with, even when he was being repetitive about his thoughts it made sense because it was such a huge decision for him. His fears and hesitation were understandable and it just made me want to pull for him. Other characters managed to have some memorable moments without pulling the focus off of Jamie. Best friend and love interest Mason was sweet and funny, sometimes heartbreaking with his family. The girls in Jamie’s art class were funny and his parents had some great supportive moments. And his little sisters were so adorable. It was really nice to see the LGBT aspects of the story taken seriously, even in the lighter moments, and seeing characters who aren’t straight fleshed out beyond their sexuality. This is a book I will be adding to my summer re-read list. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-01-30

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Editorial Reviews

There is a common assumption that romantic stories aren’t important. FAN ART proves unequivocally that this is wrong. A refreshingly honest, dizzyingly sweet story of first love.