Title: Jupiter (States of Love)
Author: Rhett Heath
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 29th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 69 pages
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
For fourteen-year-old Jacob Thomas, a Christian and the smartest kid in class, Bobby Versailles is completely out of reach. Jacob wishes a girl named Allie loved him because he still doesn’t get that he’s gay, but he always keeps his eyes peeled at school, hoping to catch a glimpse of Bobby.
It’s Bobby Versailles’s senior year. Captain of his high school football team, he’s bound to win Homecoming King and hopefully a state championship, but he’s been miserable for years. His fear of somebody finding out he’s gay has brought isolation and loneliness. He has hidden that he’s gay by going on dates with girls now and then, and also by working out and excelling at football—which has also helped teachers look past his learning difficulties. When he first eyes Jacob, it’s possibly love at first sight. Bobby becomes a little obsessed. Jacob has got to be gay, and when Bobby makes a move, both of their worlds turn upside down!
It’s 1982, and while the Nebraska Cornhuskers are barreling toward a possible NCAA National Football Championship, everyone in a small town two hours away hopes Bobby can lead them to a state championship. Can two teens with vastly different lives find love amidst the fervor of Nebraska football?
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
In a small town were bigotry runs high and growing up in a religious home Jacob has to come to turns with being gay when Bobby makes a move on him. They both know coming out isn’t an option as they’re afraid of being bullied like the boy who committed suicide a few years back.
This story is rather fast paced and contrary to what one might think the angst isn’t all that high. It’s a discovery of oneself, first love and trying to spend time together without being found out which is even more difficult due to the boys not being in the same friends group or even of the same age.
The sexy times are hot but they don’t go the whole way. I do feel they seem to be a little bit too in touch with their feelings and good at talking it out for their age. I found the story intriguing and hot but also sweet and tragic. Told in dual first person perspective, it’s perfect when you want to read something quick about a boy getting his secret crush in the time before cellphones.