by Mia Siegert


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Even though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other's lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can't escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Robbie's future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer. As their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie finds solace in an online stranger known only as "Jimmy2416." Between keeping Robbie's secret and saving him from taking his life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a brother he barely knows, or pursue his own path. How far is Robbie willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to go to help him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631630668
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 1,010,450
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Mia Siegert has been published in Clapboard House, Word Riot, The Limn Literary & Arts Journal as well as a few other small presses. A short reading of JERKBAIT was performed by the New Jersey Playwrights Association where it was tremendously received. Siegert currently works as an adjunct professor and a costume designer. She lives in New Jersey.

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Jerkbait 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This YA novel shines a light on the difficult issues LGBTQ athletes face and is a great read that helps show people how dangerous hate and intolerance can be. Books like this one reiterate how important acceptance and kindness is and how no teen or adult should feel limited by how they identify. Readers can also look forward to engrossing and relatable characters with a nicely paced plot.
JCW77 More than 1 year ago
Possibly one of my all time favorites. The writing is beautiful and it deals with themes that are all too real. Love the relationship as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult, but So Good: Meaningful and Important This is a rough book. Difficult for YA, like the PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER or STAYING FAT FOR SARAH BYRNES. It had a similar effect on me. I couldn't put it down, even as it broke my heart a little bit and hurt to read. Like SARAH BYRNES, it has sports at its core, but that isn't what it's about. It dealt with really tough issues without patronizing, sugar coating, or easy resolutions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in two big sittings because I just didn't want to put it down. Lots of themes deeply explored here: coming out, bullying, stereotypes, and authenticity. When I read the description, I was like, hm, hockey? I know nothing about hockey, but this book highlights so many important YA topics and does so in a way that anyone can appreciate (I loved all the musical theater stuff.... a lot.) A few odd things-- the ending twist threw me for a loop-- but over all, a great book about brothers (not enough of those) coming to terms with identity and their futures.
kcmmp13 More than 1 year ago
Overall I really enjoyed this book. There were times I had to put it down because it hit so close to home. I had a friend who also tried to self harm, so reading those portions were difficult. I loved the dynamic of Robbie & Tristan. How they were polar opposites but as time progressed they learned more about each other and grew closer. I hated Heather, but I'm pretty sure everyone does. I think everyone has a Heather in their life at some point in time. I know I've had a few of them. Another thing I really enjoyed about the book was the spotlight of LGTBQ people in sports. They are rarely talked about and no one ever comes out while playing, so I think Mia taking that on in this book was amazing. I know my friends would have benefited from You Can Play and other organizations when we were in high school. I definitely recommend this book, plus Mia is an amazing person and I'm so lucky to have met her twice!
Bieke More than 1 year ago
Right now I'm looking very hard for reasons why I shouldn't just give this book 5 stars and be done with it. Is it flawless? No. Are those flaws good reasons to lower my rating? Also no. Because I just loved this book so very much. So 5 stars it is. After a slur of disappointing and pretty-good-but-not-great books, I really needed a book that just blew all of them out of the water. I needed something great. I should've known that a LGBT book would do the trick. They usually do for me. But this one, this one is special. Is it on Simon VS level? No. But I don't think any book can reach that one for me. But Jerkbait does deserve a spot on my all-time faves list right next to it and The Serpent King. Because that's how much I loved it. Now maybe I should tell you why, huh? First off, this is a debut novel. No, correction. This is an impressive debut novel. Because it handles SO many tough topics and does it effortlessly. This book touches on things like teen suicide, bullying, homophobia, abuse, internet predators ,... But they never make the book feel too heavy or sad. And I applaud Mia for that because that's a very hard thing to do. The writing is great. The conversations feel natural and real. I was SO excited to read this book and I'm glad I was finally able to. I can't wait to see what this author brings us next. Let's talk characters, shall we? Before I jump to the my favorites, I have to note some things that kind of irked me. Robbie & Tristan's parents were absolutely horrible like 80% of the time. They ignored some pretty bad stuff for the sake of Robbie's career. And I just feel like they made a complete 180 quite suddenly near the end. It just felt weird to me. I hated Heather and I want to punch her so hard. I loved the friendship between Craig and Tristan, totally a BROTP for me. But I wished I'd seen more of Craig, same with Raiden. I also loved Keisha. Her romance with Tristan was unexpected but executed very realistically and it just felt very natural. Did I get everyone? Okay. Now the twins. I adored these two. Robbie and Tristan are twins, but they're very different from each other and they don't have much of a connection at first. I loved seeing how they grew together and how they bonded throughout the story. And I was absolutely giddy to see how connected they were by the end of it all. This made me want to have a twin, which I think is not possible anymore by now. Anyway. Tristan was the perfect choice to tell this story. At first I kinda wanted a second POV, Robbie's, but at the end I think it was good that it's only Tristan's. Because I loved going through this story with him and a second POV would probably have weighed down this book. But man, that cafetaria chapter around the middle. That got me. I was full on crying, tissues in hand. So be warned. In the end, Jerkbait is one of my highlights of the year so far, which I'm insanely happy to say because Mia is awesome and I love her. I highly recommend this book if you love YA Contemporary. So go read it at your earliest convenience.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
Jerkbait is a one sitting read that will suck you in from the first paragraph and not let you go till you close the cover. The tale of identical twin brothers, living out their parents’ dream of becoming hockey superstars. But Tristan just wants to act and Robbie just wants out. So when Robbie tries to commit suicide and Tristan is instructed to watch him at all times, their lives turn down a path neither ever expected. The plot of Jerkbait is detailed, intense and dense. It mixes so many genres in a very unique way. The writing of Mia Siegert is very well structured. She is able to mix themes and add in the necessary emotions to tie it all together. Speaking of the emotions, they were very strong. I found myself gasping and crying and cheering, sometimes in the same chapter. The pacing and world building were the only two slightly areas that were a bit off. The pacing had a few minor times that it jumped and through me off, but not enough to detract from the overall read. The world built also had a few very small issues. The character development and emotions were front and center and it made the locations not stand out. The characters were all intense in their own ways. Tristan and Robbie were stand outs as they carried the entire tale. Everyone circling around them was there for a reason and they all had a distinct place in the storyline. Jerkbait is an emotional rollercoaster that you need to ride. A powerful tale that brings together homophobia, racism, abusive parents, bullying, online predators and sports. Now those all sound like they should not go together and normally they would not. However, Mia Siegert was able to make an extremely cohesive tale that blends them all together beautifully. So do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It is an immense read that will put you through the wringer in the best way. This is Mia Siegert’s debut and I cannot wait to see what she does next. 4.5 Stars - Original review @
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
Taut, suspenseful, and teeming with believable characters, this is the story of eighteen-year-old Tristan and his twin brother Robbie. Tristan’s relationship with Robbie is incredibly complex, spanning fear, hatred, longing for closeness, protectiveness, and finally, true brotherhood. Siegert’s characters are all complicated tangles of motivations, just like real people, and even the most blatantly hateable ones - like Tristan and Robbie’s parents, who are so stubborn in their pursuit of Robbie’s hockey career that they won’t even seek help for him after multiple suicide attempts – are painfully realistic. The push and pull of Tristan and Robbie’s bond will suck readers in, and when Robbie makes a choice that puts him in danger, the story moves into pulse-pounding action mode. Never predictable, always compelling, this is a book you won’t be able to put down.