Dumb Jock

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Dumb Jock: Book One

Jeff Irwin is short, timid, and studious. A bit of a social outcast, he lives quietly in the shadows of the popular kids at his school, his life ruled by his ever-present fear of rejection or failure.

Enter high school football hero Brett Willson and the chance for Jeff to embark upon the challenge of educating the world's dumbest jock.

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Overview

2nd Edition

Dumb Jock: Book One

Jeff Irwin is short, timid, and studious. A bit of a social outcast, he lives quietly in the shadows of the popular kids at his school, his life ruled by his ever-present fear of rejection or failure.

Enter high school football hero Brett Willson and the chance for Jeff to embark upon the challenge of educating the world's dumbest jock.

But what develops between Brett and Jeff proves far more challenging than any tutoring session. In 1983, rural Michigan isn't ready to embrace love between two men, never mind two teenage boys. If they're going to make a go of it, Jeff will have to come out of his shell-and Brett will have to prove he's more than just a dumb jock.

First Edition published by Xlibris, February 2009.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781441508140
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/21/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Set in the 1980's, DUMB JOCK illustrates the struggle of two young teens coming to terms with their sexuality and their growing love. Although the book is not autobiographical, author Jeff Erno looked to his own personal struggle of coming out as gay in a small northern Michigan town.

    Jeff and Brett are as different as night and day in appearance and interests. Jeff is a slightly built freshman with no athletic talent whatsoever. His friends are other social outcasts, and he is often the target for mean remarks and cruel practical jokes. His mother loves and dotes on him while his father finds him odd and annoying.

    Brett is a junior and the talented quarterback everyone hopes will take the team to a state championship. He runs with the popular crowd, attending parties and getting voted homecoming king. He is the last person people would think of being gay.

    When Coach McDonald, gym teacher/football coach, uses the threat of failing freshman gym class as motivation for forcing Jeff to tutor Brett in English, no one would have guessed the final outcome. It doesn't take long for the two teens to become comfortable with each other and begin an emotional and sexual relationship. They aren't afraid to express their feelings to one another, but revealing their relationship in public in the tiny Michigan community would surely ruin their lives.

    Jeff Erno tells the story of their young love with honesty and directness. He reveals their heart-stopping passion as well as the agony of fear and jealousy that threaten to break them apart. Times have changed some since the 80's, but small towns still breed the misunderstanding and prejudice evident in Erno's story.

    DUMB JOCK is a bold example of one author's attempt to create a novel to help teens accept their own sexuality or better understand that of those around them. It is a worthy addition to any high school collection.

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    Posted January 13, 2014

    Get a pink i-pad

    Kiss ur hand 3 times, post this at 3 other books then look under ur pillow

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

    A Sweet Down to Earth Love Story

    When I read this book, which I had a hard time putting down by the way, I really got into the main character, Jeff. The author, not to be confused with the main character, Jeff Erno, did an amazing job with letting me know his character to the point of me actually feeling that boys happiness and pain, his sorrow and his love. He shares every thing with you, and we get to see this young man go from being afraid and insecure to sure of himself and knowing what love is and not being afraid to share that love. He goes through a few tragedies and we feel that pain, and the author does it with so much care that we are to believe this Jeff is truly a real boy in a h.s. some place and you want to find him and take him in your arms and protect the kid. I really loved the ending..wow....I was not at all disappointed.

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