Welcome to the blog tour for Thanks a Lot, John Leclair by Johanna Parkhurst! Down below you can check out my review of the book, and also see an interview I had with Johanna.
Publication Date: December 15, 2016.
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary and LGBT.
Synopsis: A Companion to Here’s to You, Zeb Pike.
Sixteen-year-old Emmitt LaPoint has secretly been writing letters to his hockey idol, John LeClair, for years. So it’s probably only fitting that Emmitt’s small Vermont town seems desperate to make him the next LeClair. After all, Emmitt is about to lead his high school hockey team to the state championship, he has a near-perfect GPA, and he’s liked by almost everyone.
But even golden boys have problems, and Emmitt has more than his share. His father’s back in town to breathe down his neck. He’s happily dating his coach’s nephew, Dusty, but almost nobody knows he’s gay—and that secret is getting harder and harder to keep.
When Emmitt discovers Dusty is keeping secrets of his own, he’s forced to decide exactly what kind of golden boy he wants to be.
Update 25/7 2017: upon further reflection, I felt that there were a few issues I had with this book that needs to be addressed. In the book, a character outs another character which is really wrong. No one has any right to tell the world someone else is gay. There was also an incident where one character pressured another to come out because they were together, which is also not okay. These issues should not be ignored and that is why I felt the need to address them for anyone who is thinking about reading Thanks a Lot, John LeClair. I lowered my rating from four cake pieces to three.
Thanks a Lot, John LeClair is an amazing and adorable book that will move readers all around the world. The story is about Emmitt and Dusty, a young gay couple who are closeted to their high school and community, basically to everyone except their families. The reason is that Emmitt is a hockey player who wants to play in the NHL and there are not exactly a lot of hockey players out at the moment. No matter their struggles, the love between Emmitt and Dusty is strong, and one that will appeal to so many readers.