This month's Zooba
selection.Babcock, Joe. The Boys and the Bees. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2006.Summary
: Andy's falling hard for the Mark, the most popular boy in school, while alternately needing and avoiding James, his obviously homosexual and effeminate best friend. Turns out, though, that Mark is gay, too.Comments
: *blargh* Talk about an example of printed matter wasting space in the universe. If I read about another loser gay boy getting into fights with friends and classmates while nurturing a secret homosexual crush in an all-white, middle-class suburban setting...I'm gonna puke. At least Andy wasn't of the "Cooler Than Thou" protagonist-type, though on the other hand Babcock can't quite bring himself, apparently, to make the kid an unabashed aspiring queen. (Though boy did he come close with that "novel" about a "Beverly"--who, naturally, was really Andy writing about himself.) The pop culture references half-heartedly sprinkled throughout suggests to me that I was Andy's age (11-12) at approximately the same time as he...yet, strangely, there's no real effort on the part of the author to take the reader back. As such, I'm guessing that only a lack of imagination is responsible for the retro setting.Notes
: hardcover, exclusive BCE; trade paperback edition availableRating
- Waste not your money, and you'll not want something this dumb novel doesn't offer.