Boyfriends with Girlfriends

Boyfriends with Girlfriends

by Alex Sanchez

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Overview

Four teens explore the fluidity of love, sexuality, and identity in this acclaimed novel from Alex Sanchez, now in paperback.

Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. Lance has always known he was gay, but he’s never had a real boyfriend. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection—but will it be enough to overcome their differences?

Allie’s been in a relationship with a guy for the last two years—but when she meets Kimiko, she can’t get her out of her mind. Does this mean she’s gay? Or bi? Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out.

Boyfriends with Girlfriends
is Alex Sanchez at his best, writing with a sensitive hand to portray four very real teens striving to find their places in the world—and with each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416937753
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 217
Sales rank: 478,174
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Alex Sanchez spent almost fifteen years working with youth. He is the author of the teen novels Boyfriends with Girlfriends, Bait, The God Box, Getting It, Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road, as well as the Lambda Award–winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. Lambda Literary Foundation honored Alex with an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists’ Prize. He lives in Thailand and Hollywood, Florida. Visit him at AlexSanchez.com.

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Boyfriends with Girlfriends




  • Lance tapped the beat of A Chorus Line’s “What I Did for Love” on Allie’s bedroom door. “Hi, it’s me!”

    “Come in, you!” She opened the door in a jean skirt, adjusting her bra. Ambushed by her cleavage, Lance slapped a hand over his eyes.

    “Oh, come on!” she giggled, holding up a tie-dyed T-shirt. “Help me decide! Should I go with the—”

    He peeked through his fingers and cut her off: “No way!”

    She lifted a zebra-stripe blouse. “How about the—”

    “Ick!”

    “Okay”—she held up a pink Lycra top—“I’ll go with the—”

    “Good!” He checked the time on his cell, eager to go meet the boy he’d friended online that week. “You think he’ll like me?”

    “He’s going to go wild over you,” she replied while pulling her blouse on.

    “Wild is good.” He put his arm around her and she snuggled up beside him in front of the mirror.

    She’d always thought Lance was hot. At swim meets, when he strutted around the pool deck nearly naked, she’d often thought: If he were straight or if I were a gay guy, I’d be all over him.

    “Feel something?” She planted a playful kiss on his cheek. “Anything?”

    “Sorry.” He began to hum a show tune, a nervous habit.

    “From My Fair Lady,” Allie said. “Right? What is it?”

    He blushed, realizing what it was. “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?”

    “Meanie!” She pulled away. “Shoes?”

    “Your rose-color pointy pumps,” he said, dabbing his blond hair with some of her gel.

    “So, what did you say this guy’s name is?” Allie asked as they climbed into Lance’s car.

    “Sergio,” Lance said, pronouncing the G with an H sound. “He’s Mexican. Hot and spicy!” Lance considered himself an equal opportunity dater, attracted to all types of guys—Latino, white, black, Asian. . . . He’d been attracted to Sergio’s café latte–color skin, thick black hair gelled into spikes, eyes dark as night. And although his nose seemed kind of big, even that was cute. “He’s a cousin of Penelope’s from Drama Club.”

    The boys had gotten to know each other a little bit over the phone and Messenger. They were both seventeen. Sergio lived in a neighboring suburb and went to Liberty High.

    “Home of the roaches,” he’d joked. “Ew, yuck, right?”

    Lance went to the Academy, a local private school. “But I’m not a big preppy or anything. I’m pretty down-to-earth.”

    “Good,” Sergio replied. “Me too.”

    Sergio had an older sister in college; Lance was an only child. Sergio had a guinea pig named Elton; Lance had an Irish setter named Rufus.

    “Help me think up stuff to talk about,” he asked Allie as they drove toward the mall.

    “Have you asked him what kind of movies he likes?” Allie suggested. “And what kind of music?”

    “That’s good,” Lance said. “My main worry is the bi thing.”

    Sergio’s “friend page” identified him as bisexual.

    “I guess that means he’s still coming out,” Lance said to Allie. “Like in the saying: bi now, gay later? I just hope he’s not another closet case.”

    He didn’t want a repeat of Darrell, his one and only ex, who had been afraid to admit to being gay.

    When Lance and Allie got to the mall, he hurried her toward the food court fountain and anxiously searched the crowd.

    “Are you sure I look all right?”

    “You look fab,” Allie assured him, taking a seat on the fountain’s rim. “So, who is the friend he’s bringing?”

    When setting up the meeting, Sergio had suggested they make it a friend thing. “You know, to take the pressure off?”

    “She’s his best chick friend,” Lance said, taking a seat beside Allie. “Her name is . . . Kimiko or something like that.”

    “Kimiko? Really? That’s Japanese!” Allie was totally into anything Japanese.

    It had been Kimiko who had given Sergio the initial kick in the butt to answer Lance’s online friend request.

    “Why wouldn’t you friend him?” she’d asked Sergio when he showed her Lance’s photos. “He looks gay-guy-adorable.”

    “Prezactly,” Sergio had replied. “I’m not ready to get dumped again.” He was still brokenhearted over Zelda; the girl who’d ditched him only three months earlier.

    “You haven’t even met the guy yet,” Kimiko said, “and you’re already worried about getting dumped?”

    “Yeah, he’s got that look: like someone who could be my future ex.”

    “Here’s a thought.” Kimiko bopped Sergio on the head. “Maybe he won’t dump you.”

    “He won’t if I don’t meet him. He he he.” Nonetheless, Sergio had replied to Lance’s friend request. And he’d enjoyed chatting with him.

    “But what if there’s no in-person chemistry?” Sergio now said as Kimiko prodded him through the food court toward the meeting. “Maybe he and I should just stick to communicating through electronic devices.”

    But when he saw Lance, there was chemistry, all right—both with Lance and his chick friend. HE’s a babe, one part of Sergio thought while another part of him said, Yeah, but SHE’S hot too!

    Luckily, he wasn’t into tall girls—nor were they usually into him—whereas tall skinny guys like Lance juiced him up: broad swimmer shoulders, sweet smile, teacup-handle ears, and he loved the freckles.

    “How do I look?” Sergio asked Kimiko. “No boogies hanging out my nose or anything?”

    “You look good, dude.” She tucked his flipped-up shirt tag into his collar and gazed toward Allie. “That’s his friend?”

    “Yeah, I guess so. She’s a fox, huh?” Sergio knew that girlie-girls were totally Kimiko’s type, even though she’d never actually been in a relationship.

    “So . . . is she gay?” Kimiko asked—not that it made any difference; she had both gay and nongay friends. But she was curious.

    “I don’t know.” Sergio gave her a mischievous grin. “I guess you get to find out.”

    “Well, do I look all right?” Kimiko asked, glancing down at her baggy boy’s jeans and black leather motorcycle jacket.

    “Major league handsome.” Sergio spun her Harley baseball cap backward and took hold of her hand. “Come on!”

    “There he is!” Lance told Allie on spotting him. “Curtain up!”

    “Break a leg!” Allie whispered, standing beside him.

    “What up, man? I’m Sergio. And this is Kimiko, my handler.”

    Everybody laughed and Lance asked, “Do you guys want to get smoothies?”

    As they walked to the counter, he stealthily checked out Sergio. He was shorter than he had looked in his pictures—nice compact bod, hunky but not too buff, which was good. Excessive buffness intimidated Lance. He liked those pecs, though.

    At the smoothie stand, he got his usual Hearty Apple. Sergio ordered a Mango Madness, took a sip—“Mmm”—and extended his cup to Lance. “Want a taste?”

    “Um, okay.” Lance stared at the straw that had touched Sergio’s lips. “I’ve never tried mango before. I’m pretty plain-Jane. You want to try mine?”

    “Sure.” Sergio exchanged cups, watched Lance take a sip, and thought: Damn, his freckles are hot!

    “Wow, that’s really good.” Lance handed the cup back, still tasting the sweet mango slush.

    The girls led the way to a table while talking about mangas and other Japanese stuff. Allie sat beside Kimiko and Lance sat next to Sergio.

    “So, um . . .” Lance began to ask the questions he’d rehearsed with Allie. “What kind of movies do you like?”

    “Action!” Sergio replied, his hands slicing the air in a ninja move. “Hooah! . . . And fantasy-type stuff. How about you?”

    “Disney ’toons . . . and chick flicks—nah, just kidding. Well, okay, sometimes. I admit it.”

    “Ditto!” Sergio high-fived him, glad that Lance was free of the straight-acting BS that so many other guys had.

    “So, um, what kind of music do you like?” Lance continued.

    “Different types,” Sergio answered. “Trance . . . hiphop . . . Tejano . . . How about you?”

    “I’m huge on show tunes. Like I’ve got this kind of obnoxious habit of humming and singing showstoppers anytime, anywhere.” He shuffled his feet. “Gotta sing! Gotta dance!”

    “Glad you warned me.” Sergio pretended to cover his ears, though in fact he liked Lance’s voice: strong, smooth, sexy.

    “Actually,” Lance continued, “I’m a better singer than dancer.”

    “I’m just the opposite,” Sergio said. “My singing sucks, but my dancing is pretty good—especially Latin stuff. I’m president of my school’s Dance Club. Do you salsa? I can teach you.”

    “Cool!” Lance exclaimed. He’d always dreamed of dancing with a guy—holding him in his arms, moving together. . . . But first he needed to slow down, get back to the present. “So, um . . .” He moved to the next question on his list. “Are you out at school?”

    “I’m out as bi,” Sergio said, a little cautiously. Although girls usually accepted his bi-ness, with guys it sometimes seemed like the kiss of death.

    The word bi prompted Allie to turn from her conversation with Kimiko and nod encouragingly to Lance.

    “Well, um . . .” he stirred the slush in his smoothie cup and asked Sergio, “. . . what exactly do you mean when you say bi?”

    “You know,” Sergio said. “It means I’m turned on by both guys and chicks.”

    “But you admit you’re attracted to guys?” Lance asked, trying not to come off as confrontational.

    “Yeah . . . ,” Sergio said. “But I’m also attracted to girls.”

    Lance chewed on his straw. At least Sergio was admitting he liked guys. That was a move up from Darrell. But why didn’t he just take the next step and say he was gay? Maybe he wasn’t as mature as Lance had hoped.

    “Are you out at school?” Sergio asked, sipping his smoothie.

    “Yeah. The Academy is pretty progressive. Allie and I started a GSA—you know—a Gay-Straight Alliance? I’ve never really gotten any flak. Have you?”

    “Nothing major.” Sergio shrugged. “I get called fag sometimes, but hey, doesn’t everybody?”

    “True,” Lance agreed. He decided to drop the bi issue for now. Maybe I’m making too big a deal of it. He liked Sergio—his confidence, his coolness, and how his Adam’s apple jutted out from his throat in a way that was ridiculously sexy. Plus, he noticed that Allie and Kimiko were getting along. It would be awesome for them to become friends, he thought, so the four of us could do stuff . . . if Sergio and I became a couple.

    “What about your parents?” Sergio asked. “Do they know?”

    “They knew before me!” Lance laughed and Sergio laughed too, relieved that they’d gotten over the bi bump.

    “What about your family?” Lance asked. “Do they know about you?”

    “Yeah. My blabbermouth older sis outed me. But my old man pretends like he doesn’t know, and my mom prays I’ll grow out of it. She lights novena candles, all that Latino Catholic mama drama.”

    Lance slurped the last of his smoothie, trying to recall what else he’d planned to ask. “So, um”—his voice went up—“are you seeing anyone?” Even though Sergio had said he was single on his page, Lance wanted to be sure.

    “Nope,” Sergio replied. “Not at the moment. Are you?”

    “Um, no,” Lance said, and glanced into his empty smoothie cup. He realized the only question he had remaining was the Big One: asking if Sergio wanted to go on a real date.

    Sergio realized it too. Should he be the one to ask Lance out? It would be his first time to ask anyone out since Zelda. Was he ready to risk rejection again? Maybe he should wait, see if Lance asked. But what if Lance didn’t ask?

    He liked Lance. The dude was undeniably a hottie, even with his sticky-outy ears; he clearly had a mind; he wasn’t stuck-up, despite going to private school; and it felt so refreshing to meet a guy his own age who was comfortable being out.

    “So . . . ,” Sergio ventured, “ . . . do you want to go out sometime?”

    Lance blinked. He hadn’t expected Sergio to be the one to ask. He took a hard swallow, suddenly having second thoughts. Was he jumping into this too fast?

    Across the table, Allie nodded for him to say yes.

    “Sure,” he told Sergio. “That would be great.”

    “Great,” Sergio echoed and took a breath, both excited and nervous.

    They returned to talking about simple stuff like favorite foods and books, each trying to relax, until Allie announced she needed to go—meaning that Lance had to go too.

    Outside on the sidewalk, they all said good-bye and Allie took hold of Lance’s arm as they walked back to his car.

    “Look at you!” she whispered. “Mr. Got-Asked-for- a-Date-by-Hot-Sweet-Guy.”

    Lance forced a smile. It definitely had felt good to get asked out, but . . .

    “Uh-oh,” Allie said worriedly. “What’s with the face?”

    “The bi thing,” Lance said as they climbed into his car. “I don’t get it. He says he’s attracted to guys; he’s out at school; he asks me out on a date. And my state-of-theart gaydar is ringing, ding-ding-ding! Jackpot, he’s gay! So why can’t he just say it?”

    “I don’t know.” Allie stared across the car seat. “Maybe his parents are phobes and he’s afraid they’ll find out?”

    “No, he said they know. His sister outed him.”

    “Then maybe he really is bi.”

    Lance frowned. “So where does that leave me?”

    “Going out with a bi guy?” Allie replied.

    “Lucky me,” Lance mumbled and started the engine.

    “But you were so excited,” Allie said sadly.

    “I know, I know! Let’s see if he calls.”

    “You can call too,” she encouraged him.

    He backed out of the parking space, changing the subject. “Kimiko seems really cool. At first I wasn’t sure if she was a girl or a guy—she’s such a dude-chick with her cap and clothes. It seemed like you two got along great.”

    “Yeah, I’m so psyched she’s Japanese. I wish we could’ve hung out longer.”

    From the sidewalk outside the mall, Kimiko watched Allie and Lance drive away, wishing they could’ve hung out longer too.

    “Way to go, dude!” She turned to Sergio and fist-bumped him. “I overheard you ask him out.”

    Sergio bumped her fist in return. “So, what do you think of him?”

    “I think he’s the most perfecto guy in the world for you. He’s your age, cute, gentle, nice. . . . What do youthink of him?”

    “I like him. I’m just not sure he gets the bi thing.”

    Kimiko’s mouth drooped into a pout. “But you two seem good together.”

    “Yeah . . . Let’s see if he calls. If not, I’ll call him . . . in a couple of days.”

    “What are you afraid of?” Kimiko asked.

    “I’m not afraid. That’s just the rule with guys. Wait two days. . . . Otherwise I’ll seem too easy.”

    Kimiko rolled her eyes; she’d heard his goofy theories and rules before.

    “Now, as for you, girl—” he rested his arm on her shoulder “—you should phone Allie ASAP. I could feel the mojo between you two all the way across the table.”

    “Dude, she’s got a boyfriend.”

    “So?” Sergio persisted. “Maybe she’s bi-curious.”

    “Even if she were . . .” Kimiko let out wistful breath. “She’s out of my league.”

    “What’re you afraid of?” Sergio asked, mimicking her.

    “Shush!” Kimiko said and play-punched his arm.

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    Boyfriends with Girlfriends 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
    epicrat More than 1 year ago
    Lance and Sergio are ready for an open relationship that won't shred their hearts, but they each come with emotional baggage and different opinions on sexuality. Lance views bisexuality as a cop-out, so when he finds himself attracted to Sergio who is recovering from an intense relationship with a girl, Lance is unsure if this is a good idea. His best friend Allie is also battling with her own uncertainties between a two-year relationship with a guy and a budding friendship (or is it something more?) with Sergio's best girl friend Kimiko. I would have to say that Boyfriends With Girlfriends left me with mixed feelings. I left with much thoughts to digest, especially in regard to the honest discussion between Lance and Sergio in regard to the "realness" of bisexuality. Boyfriends With Girlfriends makes for a great read if you are fairly unaware of GLBT and some of the questions/concerns/confusions they face. It paints a fairly positive portrait of supportive parents and friends with a some glimpses of the negative reactions. However, I cannot help but feel the book was a little too simple and straightforward - and I wish that there had been a teeny bit more drama or conflict among the characters.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I only read the excerpt, all i can say is WOW!! Alex Sanchez sure knows how to make it sound exciting. He knows how to express the character's feelings very well. I can't wait for it to come out so I can read it. I love Alex Sanchez's books. I recommend everyone who supports the LGBT community.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Lance is biphobic, and Allie is a total weaboo The characters are way to difficult to like or even tolerate sometimes The poorly written relationships were rather annoying The whole thing was like a crappy fanfiction If you're gonna add culturally diverse characters, get it right and don't base them off stereotypes Overall, it wasn't well written and it was a bit insulting not to mention boring
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Do u have to be so rude
    starlight70 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    When I am given Kentucky Fried Chicken Snack Meal, I separate coleslaw and mash potato from my fried chickens, and eat only the fried chicken. I don't touch coleslaw and mash potato. I don't hate them. They just don't do much for me.Reading Alex Sanchez's Boyfriends with Girlfriends kinda break my heart a bit. The last Sanchez's book I had read was Getting It. I thought it would be bad but it turned out that I was wrong. I enjoyed that gay teen novel. I thought I would too, with Boyfriends but I was wrong. It was like having the unnecessary mash potato and coleslaw on my plate, when all I wanted was the fried chicken. Unlike my meal, I could not just separate the story easily and had to read through events which did not generate any interest in me.There is this general idea that gays and lesbians don't mix, unless we are talking about demonstration for rights and some formal functions. Gays mix well with straight girls, not lesbians. It makes little sense that bisexual Sergio has no other gay friends, and has to mix with Kimiko, who should be finding her own crowd. The friendship between Lance and Alice is more believable.I find this book sacrifices the characters development because Sanchez needed to spend time on each character to explore story from their sides, and hence, there is little depth.I wish Sanchez would just write about gay or lesbian characters and not doing both in one book. Maybe the issues are the same in coming out and finding oneself, as well as love, but it is like forcing a gay to read on lesbians when all the gay wants to do is to read about the gays. And vice versa.I lost interest in the book every time the story lingered to Kimiko and Alice. By the time the story turned back to Sergio and Lance, I failed to get myself interested again easily. Another thing that irritated me was the should-I-or-shouldn't-I questions. Too often. I felt like screaming at the book, asking it to move on.I feel like there is really no issue in this book. Sad. One thing I can say I like is the cover. That's all.
    BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Lance is an openly gay teen, someone who's always known he was gay. He has yet to be in a true relationship, though, and is hoping to change that with Sergio, a boy he found through a friend of a friend online.Sergio is recovering from his break=up with his last girlfriend and not ready for a committed relationship. Comfortable dating both girls and guys and identifying himself and bisexual, Sergio hopes that dating Lance will be different enough from his past relationship to help him move on.Lance, though, thinks 'bisexual' is a cop-out used by gays (and lesbians) who aren't ready to be fully out . . .On their first date they each bring their best girl friends. Sergio brings Kimiko, his best friend who knows she's a lesbian but has never had any sort of a girlfriend. Lance brings Allie, his girly girl bestie since childhood. With the same boyfriend for years, Allie thought she knew who she was, but now she can't get Kimiko in her boy's jeans and baseball hat out her head. What does this mean about her? Anything? Everything?Are they all willing to stick around long enough to help figure each other (and themselves, in the process) out?Boyfriends with Girlfriends deserves so much credit for addressing or at least touching on so many issues that really are of importance to young people of all ages right now. From homosexuality to bisexuality, family acceptance, self acceptance, and not being a YA book with not only upper middle class white teens or only fill in the blank teens. Not enough books right now are doing any of that.The story itself doesn't quite live up to all of that potential, however.Things--especially between Lance and Sergio--jump around a lot. We rarely get full scenes with the characters. This may be the writer's style (I have yet to read another of his books, so I don't know), but it detracts from the reader developing a relationship with the characters. More often than not readers get quick exchange phone conversations or chats in the car--or recaps. Everything feels too short and stunted for there to really be enough emotion. The book leaves you wishing things had been fleshed out more (even if it had been a fraction of the scenes) so that you could really connect with the characters.There are more actual scenes between Kimiko and Allie than Lance and Sergio (or that's the way it seems) and as a result their relationship comes off feeling more believable and one you care about. Readers are able to connect with them more and invest in what happens to and between them.At some points readers are left feeling like nothing's happening, but, upon reflection, I think that's because we don't get as many full scenes (that's the best I can describe it) as in other novels, only the short conversation pieces.I did enjoy the way the novel portrayed that everyone's relationships are complicated, no matter who's involved in them or what their sexual orientation. Some things seemed a little . .. convenient, however, (spoilery for me to say what), and the style just didn't work for me.(read thanks to S&S's GalleyGrab)
    lisagibson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This was a great story of relationships. All of them come with uncertainty, but especially when you¿re a teenager. Throw in some confusion over your sexuality and it¿s even tougher. Lance and Sergio begin seeing each other. The boys best friends meet, Allie and Kimiko. Kimiko likes Allie but feels she¿s out of her league. Allie begins to realize she¿s attracted to Kimiko, but will she explore those feelings any further?I liked this book a lot. The only thing that kinda¿ bugged me slightly was Lance continually questioning where things might be going with Sergio. It was really a minor issue though. This book has great characters, a compelling story, and fabulous writing. I give this one 4 ½ kisses!
    shannonkearns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    This is a terribly written book. The dialogue is laughable throughout, and Sanchez has no clue how teenagers actually talk. The storyline is all right, but I was constantly distracted by the cheesy and unrealistic dialogue. The reason this book gets two stars instead of one is that it actual features a bisexual character (which is something that hasn't been done very often). I also appreciate that Sanchez has his characters attend church as a normal thing and without it being the cause for angst.
    theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Lance and Sergio are ready for an open relationship that won't shred their hearts, but they each come with emotional baggage and different opinions on sexuality. Lance views bisexuality as a cop-out, so when he finds himself attracted to Sergio who is recovering from an intense relationship with a girl, Lance is unsure if this is a good idea. His best friend Allie is also battling with her own uncertainties between a two-year relationship with a guy and a budding friendship (or is it something more?) with Sergio's best girl friend Kimiko.I would have to say that Boyfriends With Girlfriends left me with mixed feelings. I left with much thoughts to digest, especially in regard to the honest discussion between Lance and Sergio in regard to the "realness" of bisexuality. Boyfriends With Girlfriends makes for a great read if you are fairly unaware of GLBT and some of the questions/concerns/confusions they face. It paints a fairly positive portrait of supportive parents and friends with a some glimpses of the negative reactions. However, I cannot help but feel the book was a little too simple and straightforward - and I wish that there had been a teeny bit more drama or conflict among the characters.
    ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I don't really know what to think about this book. On one hand, it deals with very real, difficult teenage issues. But on the other, nothing really happens other than discussions of sexuality. But I guess that is was some teenagers need to want, what they need to read. With that said, it was a really quick read and I was entertained. Boyfriends with Girlfriends follows four main characters. Lance, openly gay; his best friend Allie, bi-curious; Lance, bisexual; and his best friend Kimiko, lesbian. So obviously there was a lot of sexuality, curiosity and challenges for all of them. Each one of them faces their own journey; whether it is figuring out who you really are, embracing yourself, dealing with past, present and future girlfriends/boyfriends, or something else completely. The interesting part is that although each character is facing his/her own, unique, choices and revelations, their stories intertwine, reminding the reader of how similar people really are. In case this is not obvious - this is not a "clean" novel. There is alot of graphic sexual activities and discussions. It is definitely provocative, no secret there. That is not necessarily a bad thing, I just felt the need to make the reader aware because I was not expecting that aspect. So what I liked... I was kind of expanding my horizons by reading this book. I am straight (which really shouldn't be important), but I wanted to be able to empathize with what some teens go through. I couldn't even fathom how it would be to have to prove yourself to people who don't understand after just struggling to figure out who you really are. Boyfriends with Girlfriends helped me to see and start to relate to a whole side of people and barriers that never applied to me. The book is very dialogue driven, which helped create a more personal feeling, making it a great exploration in many different ways. But that is just a view for people who aren't gay (I hate to use labels, but there is really no getting around it here). I'm sure teenagers who are gay, trying to figure out their sexual orientation, or even adults who wish there was a book like this when they were young will really enjoy title. It is filled with those confusing, awkward, consuming emotions that play with your mind leaving you even more confused and exhausted. But... I do have a few criticisms... this book doesn't just focus on LGBT relationships, but it is the only thing that happens. There really isn't much of a plot, it is really focused on the characters, not what they do. Some people like this, some don't. It really depends on you. Also, some dialogue was really, really awkward. I know that these situations would, realistically, be awkward. Maybe it is just me, but some lines didn't seem real. So there was good and bad - but then again, I wasn't really the target audience. I'm sure many people will really love this novel. If you are like me, open and want to understand, give this book a shot. If the content in this book are issues you are dealing with, I'm sure this book will be helpful and enjoyable.
    Aleetha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it~Atticus Finch, To Kill Mockingbird~My ThoughtWhile reading this book, I kept spelling the quote above. I am not a phobia nevertheless the ideas in this book are new for me. Surprisingly, various emotions were up to the surface when I read itIt was nice that every characters, Allie, Lance, Kimiko and Sergio, got their own chapters. So I could read all their point of view and interpret them. I liked when Allie and Kimiko talked about manga. The conversations that involved Allie and Lance were also my favorite. In other side, Kimiko and Sergio gave me much trouble. I was never in their sides for every problem that they faced. Many things that they did really upset me. But nothing saddened me when I found out what Allie did in the end.Please bear with me. I have never read any GLBT book before. Do not get me wrong when my eyes kept frowning since the beginning. I just did not get with some thoughts and issue that Alex brought. I kept asking about this bisexual. A way that Allie and Sergio chose to be. Just like Lance, I just not get why they can have deep feeling for both of man and woman.Another thing that trouble me was Sergio's thought about a date. No need to wonder why I thought he just took Lance for granted. He was not that serious. I really dislike the way Sergio treated Lance. I understood why Lance questioned their relationship.Not only once, when I found myself kept whispered to Lance to leave him behind. Lance deserved someone better.I was crying when Alex took me to all segments of Kimiko and her mother. Both of them were stubborn enough. They got their own reasons. I was glad when finally there was a way out. One thing that also broke my heart was something that happened between Allie and her boyfriend. The antipathy was knitted for her. Then few days after, I was giggling because of these feelings. There are not many books which make me feel these way.I could enjoy this book more if I left what I think about straight, gay and bisexual behind.If you want to find something different that you will not find in many YA genre, you can choose this book. I think I am going to give another chance for Alex Sanchez's works but not in the near future.CoverThey chose the right models. All the characters were represented well. Allie and Lance were Gorgeous as I thought.
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    This book is missing something,oh yeah a 5 star
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    Probably the most beautiful love story ever.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Sweet, light rea with some surprisingly deep thoughts as well. Anyone who has read the Rainbow series knows Alex Sancchez is not the master of detail, but he does know how to write a great story.
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    This was a quick read but i felt it was missing a bit of something. I didnt find it as enjoyable as his Rainbow Boys series. But overall still a good story.
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    Loved this book
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