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  • Posted April 4, 2012

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    Gemini Bites is the kind of book that will definitely leave an i

    Gemini Bites is the kind of book that will definitely leave an impression on you and whether or not that's a good or bad one, will depend on how you feel about a few things. Firstly, how do you feel about 2 siblings that hate each other? Secondly, how do you feel about sexual content in the books you read, gay or otherwise? Thirdly, how do you fell about vampires? If you don't mind any of these things, then you'll most likely like this book. If you do mind, then you probably won't. I however, fall somewhere in the middle.

    I wasn't crazy about the way Judy treats Kyle throughout the novel. She constantly using derogatory terms to describe his sexuality and makes everything between the two of them into a competition. Not only that, but she's continuously unlikeable because she's utterly and completely fake. Judy has no personality of her own, she constantly borrows others peoples hobbies and interests so that they will like her and is absolutely awful to her best friend.

    Kyle on the other hand, is not only easily more likeable, but completely comfortable in his own skin. He's both funny and nice to everyone, with the exception of Judy, which you can't really blame him for. He's sexuality isn't an issue either, not with himself, his best friend or his family, as he's accepted for exactly who he is.

    Garret is a pretty fascinating character but not because of what he claims to be, but rather how he interacts with both Judy & Kyle so differently. He appears to be one way and then another depending on who he's with and where they're at. Thankfully though, the mystery of whether or not Garret is a vampire isn't really the focus of the novel, which is good because it was painfully obvious, at least to me, what he is.

    I definitely appreciated the realistic portrayal of a large family, with all members having their own unique voice and personality instead of being one dimensional. The twins parents were also quite active in their children lives, unlike most parents in YA fiction, which was very lovely to read.

    The novels pacing was alright and although I appreciated the alternating points of view, I found Judy's chapters much harder to get through since I didn't really care for her. The novel's ending left me disappointed (everything is tied up very neatly) and felt slightly out of place (lets jump a year into the future). It honestly felt like I was reading something that should have been the start of a sequel, which was not only odd but not really necessary since the chapter before would have concluded the novel nicely.

    While I enjoyed reading a novel with a gay character at its center, I could have done without some of the explicit sexual content. I can understand what author Patrick Ryan was trying to do in regards to sharing what the gay teen experience might be like, but I found it a bit uncomfortable to read. In my opinion, the subtle moments between the various characters were more impacting then any of the overly outrageous ones. Gemini Bites isn't flawless, nor is it for everyone, but overall I found it refreshingly unique.

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