Title: Changing Jamie
Author: Dakota Chase
Publisher: Harmony Press, 2nd edition
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Genre(s): Young gay contemporary romance, HIV, abuse, closeted, bullies
Page Count: 150 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Jamie doesn’t know how he’d face life without his best friend, Billy, even though they don’t seem to have much in common. Billy is out and proud while Jamie is still in the closet. Billy’s family has plenty of money to keep him outfitted in the latest styles, while Jamie has a jerk of a stepfather and a miserable home life. Billy goes on glamorous dates with sexy older guys, while Jamie is lonely and secretly pining for one of his high school’s star athletes.
Just as he expected, Jamie is lost when Billy starts keeping secrets from him. Jamie’s reached his limit at home, where his stepfather’s abuse is getting worse. At school he’s roped into tutoring his crush, Dylan, in English, but Jamie has no idea how to talk to the hot track runner. Just when he most needs Billy to lean on, Jamie discovers Billy is bug chasing—trying to catch HIV. The knowledge not only destroys their friendship, but forces Jamie to reassess his entire life. It’s up to him to protect Billy, stay on top of things at school, deal with his first relationship with another boy, and put a stop to his stepdad’s mistreatment for good.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.
This book truly blew me away. In all honesty I did not realize that this book was going to turn out to be as serious of topics as it was but I was truly amazed at how the topics of this book was handled. Dakota Chase truly did an extraordinary job on this book.
Jamie had to truly deal with some serious issues at a young age. Having an abusive step father, a best friend who is a “bug” chaser, dealing with being in the closet, and having a major crush on a fellow athlete. Jamie had some major issues and a few very real crisises to deal with at the age of seventeen.
Having to deal with these things definitely took a toll on him and he lost the innocence there was about him in a quick and rapid way.
Jamie had a good head on his shoulders and if you are his friend then he cares about you with all that he is. When his best friend decided to intentionally get infected with HIV in order to be with the guy that he thought he was in love with, Jamie’s whole world was turned upside down.
When the guy that Jamie had a three year crush on admits to having one on Jamie also, his world was sent into orbit also.
When his step father tried to beat the gay away, Jamie’s world as he knew it was shattered yet again.
So to say that Jamie had a hard time and had some major issues that most adults never have to face but Jamie did and at a young age is definitely an eye opener as to real problems and how they My be handled in an adult way.
Yes Jamie wanted to tell, scream, and holler till his world was put back right but he knew that it would not happen that way and I truly believe that for his age, he handled everything wonderfully.
Dakota Chase thoroughly impressed me with this book. I truly enjoyed it and I definitely look forward to more from Dakota in the future.
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