A fun, light read. I wish I too could live in a world where being gay is completely accepted... alas. Great for the beach, or for keeping in your bag so you're never stuck without something to do.
This was a fun book to read. The main character was caught trying to be straight when everyone knew he was gay, all for the sake of Kylie Minoque. Gotta love it! The book was quirky and quick to read and I'd definitely read more by Nico.
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com
Jonathan Parish, the ALL OUT Kylie Minogue lover, has done the unexpected. He slept with a girl. Okay, that may seem normal to most of us, but not for Jonathan--since he is gay and everyone knows it. This wouldn't have happened if Joanna's mother hadn't canceled their plans, then Jonathan and Joanna wouldn't have had to come up with a birthday party, which meant that they wouldn't have had to invite their friends, including Alex (not as in Alexander but as in Alexandra), which wouldn't have led to Jonathan sleeping with Alex. Of course, Jonathan had a choice to say no to Alex, but he was just too drunk and Alex just persuaded him in the right way.
After "that night" happened, Jonathan believed that the whole ordeal was over, that is until he discovered that the whole school found out about it. Now all the girls seem to be looking at Jonathan in a new light. Everyone, including the richest and the most popular girl in school, and also his math buddy, Laura Schulberg. But Laura has bigger plans for the both of them; if Jonathan becomes Laura's boyfriend, not only would she keep her own social status but Jonathan would become popular, too. At first Jonathan isn't buying it, until Laura bribes him with tickets to go see Kylie Minogue. How can he say no to that?
Before he knows it, Jonathan finds himself back in the closet, trying to keep up the charade as being Laura's boyfriend. Which isn't so hard, until Jonathan's friends begin to turn their back on him and he then finds the guy of his dreams. Can Jonathan survive being straight just to see his idol?
THE STRAIGHT ROAD TO KYLIE is NOT funny but is HILARIOUS. The journey that Nico Medina writes is one of a high school kid, trying to find out who he really is, and that is what makes THE STRAIGHT ROAD TO KYLIE one of the greatest books that I have ever read. The obstacles that Jonathan faces will make you laugh out loud. Not only that, but the problems that he faces shows us all how the lives of teens are so hectic and full of so much drama. Lets just hope that Jonathan's adventures don't end here, and that the road continues.
Jonathan Parrish is an out and proud high school student who worships Kylie Minogue the way that earlier gay boys have worshipped Barbra, Bette, Cher, and Madonna. Problem is Kylie has no plans to ever perform in the U.S.A. When a unique opportunity arises, Jonathan must decide... Is it worth going back into the closet and pretending to date a rich popular girl at his high school in order to earn a trip to the UK so that he can finally see his idol perform live.
I enjoyed this a lot. The updated sensibility of today's gay youth comes through clearly and the local Orlando Florida references are right on.
This is a quick and none too serious read that would make a good beach book for anyone looking to grab some rays this summer.