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Jeff Irwin is delicately built, sensitive, and doesn’t care at all for sports. Brett Willson is popular, goodlooking, a star football player, and a candidate for Homecoming King. Unfortunately, he failed English twice and if he fails a third time, he will be removed from sports altogether. Brett’s coach coerces Jeff into tutoring Brett so he can pass and in return promises Jeff an “A” in gym. The two young men eventually become close friends and lovers, not so easy while living in a small town in Michigan during the lessenlightened 80’s.

This is not just a story about the relationship between Brett and Jeff. It is also about Jeff’s relationship with his parents, his close friendships with three students who don’t quite “fit in”, and the difficulty he and Brett have with accepting themselves.

Jeff has some selfworth issues and idolizes Brett a lot more than he deserves, but he is no wimp. He’s a truly amazing character with a great deal of strength and courage. During his freshman year in high school, a number of harrowing events occur that would devastate those who are less resilient. Jeff grieves, copes, learns to be independent, and manages to go on with his life. As Jeff gradually becomes a whole person, his relationship with Brett becomes more balanced.

I really enjoyed this sad, sweet, and touching story.

Also reviewed at Hearts on Fire Reviews I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It had several elements that I really enjoy in gay fictioncoming out, coming of age, the 80’s, first love. I was in high school at the same time these characters were.

Let me begin by saying that I enjoyed the book over all...even though my review here will give the impression that I didn’t.

The story centers around Jeff. Jeff is a 14yearold boy who has fallen for Brett, the most popular boy in school. Brett is a dumb jock about to fail English and Jeff is a brainiac about to fail gym. In order for Brett to continue playing sports he has to pass English...the coach steps in and blackmails Jeff into helping Brett pass English in exchange for an “A” in gym. Jeff agrees to tutor Brett and over the course of the tutoring the two become friends and more.

That in itself would have been a nice story if the focus had just been on the two of them building a relationship with the average struggles that gay youth faced in the less tolerant than now 80’s. Unfortunately a depressing amount of bad events are piled up at Jeff’s door and around this story. Divorce, suicide, death of a loved one, the closet, crushed love, loss of parental affection, friendship issues, gay hate, workplace discrimination. It’s just one depressing event after another...so many that when happy things occur they aren’t big enough to overcome the sad things. Truth be told, I couldn’t even enjoy the conclusion because it was a) unrealistic (but acceptably so) b) over as soon as it happened c) overshadowed by everything that had happened.

The most touching and engaging point of the book is the death of one of Jeff’s loved ones. In the Q&A section and the end of the book the author talks about how this event was written from personal experience and you can tell. It’s a tearjerker and riveting.

I’m not sure what I would classify this book as...I thought it would be young adult but the sex scenes are a little more detailed than your average young adult book. As the book progressed it became less about a boy coming out and more about a submissive being born. One clear thing about Jeff is that he has crushing selfworth issues. It was difficult at times to read him being so selfdeprecating and so sure that what he was saying was fact.

His opinion, both boy’s opinions, about what it means to be gay or “a fag” were solidly stereotypical...I kept having to remind myself that these were teens and it was the 80’s. Their opinions will change as they are exposed to the realities of what kinds of gay people there are in the world.



If I ever decide to write a book, I know it will be YA. The recipe is already there, you just have to put it all in, mix it around, give it your own flavor, and voila!

So, it’s no shock that “Dumb Jock” is about Jeff, a small, shy, smart, bullied kid who’s forced into tutoring Brett, the big, perfect, star quarterback jock…who’s also deep in the closet. And as most YA books go, there are your stereotypical, overthetop side characters that include religious zealots, a toughguy coach who spews hate words, unaccepting parents, a gay teacher/mentor, and the gorgeous but brainless cheerleader fakegirlfriend.

I am one who EATS UP these stories. I love them. I love the little guy. I cheer for the big guy. I feel happy when they fall in love. I hate the haters. And I love those that support them and help them find their way. And as far as those basics go, Dumb Jock does really well.

HOWEVER, the author then throws in so much more stuff that just doesn’t fit. Some school youth group called Campus Life. A random lesbian friend who gets kicked out of church. A suicide. A family death. There was just A LOT to take in.

And though some of these moments were really emotional (and I cried…boy did I cry!) and some tender and some inspirational…it was just A LOT to take in.

Along with ALL of this, the writing was all over the place. I’d be reading about a scene and the next paragraph would have Jeff reminiscing about that same scene. And then I’d be back in that scene. It was confusing (<much as my description there was confusing! :)) So, with all these basic YA bits PLUS all the extraneous bits PLUS all these flawed writing bits…it was just A LOT to take in.

Lastly, the main MC was only 14 years old in this book. Look, I'm no prude and I'm not that naive to think teens that young are having sex. BUT, reading about it in a YA book at such a young age...something about that squigged me out a bit. And, (say it with me now)...just A LOT to take in.

All in all, the book was enjoyable. Not my favorite YA but not awful either. Maybe, ultimately, just TOO MUCH to take in…

This full review can be found at: http://sidlove.wordpress.com/2013/06/... ^^THIS JOCK AINT SO DUMB!^^

Dumb Jock is a coming of age story set in the 80’s and that is like Jurassic years to the gay movement. I cannot fathom how hard it must have been to be a homosexual person, when you are surrounded by bigoted minds, and hateful words. This story made me cry, and not the silent tears streaming down my face, but the headache induced tears that made my heart break. It was just a beautiful story of a young boy finding his place in the world through love, heartache an intense tragedy.

Jeff Irwin is the boy you never see, he is small, studious and quiet, and at fourteen, that description can sound all kinds of hellish. Well Jeff stays away from bigger crowds and keeps to his very small group of friends. His very small world becomes huge, when he is blackmailed into tutoring Brett Willson; secretly Jeff is excited because he worships Brett, and not that type of worship. They type where you nerdy Jeff wants to be like jock Brett. There is a lot of preconceived notions between the two, Jeff was expecting a dumb insensitive jock and he gets the complete opposite, this is a little life lesson of never judge a book by its cover.

What begin's is a genuine ,and a love that will test everything they have ever known. To say this relationship is not easy, when the very basis of what they are is degraded everyday. Brett does not fit that mould because he is a man’s man. There is no way the star football player could like boys, but the small boy who seems effeminate is definitely gay. Just proves the type of closeminded world we live in. Their meetings and embraces happen behind closed doors, even their very friendship had to remain a secret. With all this love, tragedy makes its way into their lives, and this is the reason why this story feels so very real. It is a pause between, this can happen, this does happen.

The relationship between Brett and Jeff is very sweet. Their kisses and feeling towards each other feels like that of teenagers. They do have sex and the reader will know this, but it’s not uncomfortable because it is not detailed sex, you just know that they did it. I was perfectly fine with this; it just seemed to blend it with the story. They are teenage boys gimme a break, I would have been surprised if there was no sex. I liked both characters but Jeff more so he was no push over.

This book brings up a devastating topic, gay teenage suicide and this is what mad me cry. As a mother, it pains me to see our children kill themselves because of their sexuality. So many things wrong with the world and sexual orientation should not be an issue. Children should not feel less than they are because they happen to like the same sex, I just think it plain fuckin sucks. This book manages to bring many issues in to light, homosexuality and the church, and I dislike people spewing hate in the name of God. God is love, and some of us have seem to forgotten that part.

My main dislike is the usage of the word f*g in this book, I plain just hate that word. I do not like when they call themselves that and I really do not like when it is used to hurt. It the most unnecessary, part of the book.

Overall, a very sweet and touching read filled with wonderful characters, and a realistic view of others who spew hate because they just do not understand. Dumb Jock is a great coming of age novel that should not be missed. Do not be deterred for the fact that there are young boys having sex. It is not explicit and the book is so much more than that. I guess this book readers will have a many different opinions, I for one found it deeply emotional and the sex, and that Jeff was somewhat submissive too Brett was just the side issue. I think I understand what the author was trying to convey, life is a bitch and bad things do happen, but throughout all of it you have to remain yourself. The ending might seem unrealistic, but in a perfect world you can hope all things end this way. Where gay boys can stand in front of a crowd and declare themselves in love, and to hell with everyone else. This is what I took away from this book.


SideNote Really enjoyed the songs Jeff, made it so super sweet and I even recognized a few of them. I love reading good coming of age stories, and these characters felt very real to me. My heart goes out to Jeff, the main character, who is a very sensitive and emotional guy trying to navigate very difficult life circumstances at a young age. I too consider myself overly sensitive and had a lot of empathy for Jeff. Did he shed a lot of tears? Yes, but I felt each and every one was warranted, especially considering his young age and lack of life experience.

It took a while for Brett to grow on me, and it took a while for me to really root for them as a couple, but that was the beauty of the story. Their relationship did evolve over time into something truly beautiful. The scene in the gym, where the boys played dodgeball was the real turning point for me. That made me cry even more than the main tragedy (don't want to spoil it).

I appreciated Jeff's level of selfawareness (even if he didn't act on it). As I was thinking that their relationship was imbalanced and that Brett was selfish and insensitive, Jeff was thinking it too. He dismissed it, but at least he was aware of it. Theirs could have easily devolved into an abusive situation, but thankfully it did not. As the characters grew and matured, so did their relationship. I felt the D/s nature of their relationship was satisfying for both of them as well. In the end, these boys really do turn out to be perfect for each other.

The only thing that bothered me as I read this novel was that there were not any contractions (see what I did there?). At all. That felt awkward to me. People don't talk like that, do they? Other than Data from Star Trek.

I loved this book, and highly recommend it. 3.5 stars!

I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to pick up Dumb Jock by Jeff Erno considering the fact that it is actually a young adult setting with quite young main charactersJeff is 14 years old and a freshman, while Brett is 17. Jeff is a geek, who has problems to get along with the other teens in school. He is unsure of himself and is only starting to discover his sexuality. Brett on the other hand is a popular jock, who is extremely confident.

A three years age gape is actually not such a big deal, but the light D/s elements and the power plays between them put the relationship between Jeff and Brett into another light. It didn’t bother me that much, I could still enjoy the story – but it was actually something that made me a little uneasy at the beginning. So, just be aware of this before picking up this book.

The plot of the story was actually quite full of clichés and all characters apart Jeff were rather difficult to get. It was however an entertaining read with a lot of emotional ups and downs. Some scenes had me heartbroken and I was suffering with Jeff. I have to admit that the ending (view spoiler)