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  • By: Jason June
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Jay's Gay Agenda

By: Jason June
Narrated by: Mark Sanderlin
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From debut novelist Jason June comes a moving and hilarious sex-positive teen rom-com about the complexities of first loves, first hookups, and first heartbreaks - and how to stay true to yourself while embracing what you never saw coming, that’s perfect for fans of Sandhya Menon and Becky Albertalli.

There’s one thing Jay Collier knows for sure - he’s a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all his friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience - his Gay Agenda.

Then, against all odds, Jay’s family moves to Seattle, and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he’s found where he truly belongs. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he’ll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones...because after all, life and love don’t always go according to plan.

©2021 Jason June (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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great in general

really enjoyed the story itself, but just felt as though it cut off once everything was neatly resolved instead of going into the relationship more which, would have made the difference for me.

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Great story

The characters were likeable, the story had great progression. Left wanting more from these characters despite having resolution in all their character arcs. A little happy-go-lucky but it makes from a nice change from the super depressing lgbtqi+ works that usually abound en masse.

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Not for me.

This book would probably be completely fine for anyone else.. but I just really struggled to get past all the repeated descriptions and the main character constantly saying “frack” instead of the F word.. once or twice would have been okay but it quickly goes from quirky to childish and annoying. I also didn’t want to keep hearing him read out his “gay agenda” list in his head every time he added a new item to it. Once was cringe enough. If I was still 16 I think I could have related to this book a lot more. It just isn’t a book for 22 year old me. I wish this author the best. Especially as I believe it’s their debut novel.

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Such a good read

Love it all of the characters were so good especially max literally I want him as my best friend and gay guide.

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  • Semaj journee
  • 22-06-2021

Jay is toxic AF lol

I enjoyed the story I DID but the main character was annoying me the whole time with his stupid decisions. I know he is young and was following what he was being taught but have a little common sense when someone on your life is that willing. I’m not trying to give anything away but yeah. Oh and the only thing that kind of annoyed me (no spoiler don’t worry) is him repeating that damn list of I heard that one more time I was gonna scream!

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  • Michael Lee Wente
  • 03-07-2021

A good book, but....

Before you read too far, this was a really good reading of the book. I thought that the reader did a great job, and that overall it was a really interesting story. I did think that it was a poor portrayal of an LGBT youth growing up and figuring out what it means to be gay. It was an overly-sexualized, horny portrayal with a meaningful ending tacked onto the end. The no shame, but it left me feeling that they focused on the wrong aspects. Still a great book, and a great read, but if you don't want to listen to a high school senior rave about having their first time and being sexually charged, don't listen to this one.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 05-10-2022

A very difficult listen

I read and listen to a lot of books and frequently enjoy books geared for younger audiences just as much as books with more mature story lines. I think I'd have had a problem with this book even as a teenager. As an adult, it was bad. There have only been two books in my entire life that I haven't finished. This book almost became the third. There were definitely times when I thought if I hear "frack", "Lord and Taylor", or that list again, it will be the end of my time with this book. Instead, I would just walk away from it for days at a time. Thanks to the skip forward button, I was able to solve the issue of hearing Jay's Gay Agenda, or any other list, read repeatedly, and I powered through to the end today. The book was just awkward and really unrealistic. For example, Mr. Lord and Taylor fashionista is going to shoot down every costume idea thrown at him, but fashioning a huge butt cheek (that looks like a nipple-less breast) is the idea he thinks is a winning costume design??? Perhaps the author was trying to capture the awkwardness of being a teenager. If so, the goal was achieved. Repeating that list over and over and over was just exhausting though. I'm sure someone out there will read this book and love it. All I can say is that I most certainly did not.

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  • James
  • 23-11-2023

Just could not take it.

We got it the first 25 times, Why did he need to read his list so many times? The story seemed good, but I had to stop listening. I could not take another read of his list. I don't give up on books, but this one, I stop just after chapter 5.

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  • Nick
  • 08-03-2023

that frackin list

I'm not even finished listening to this story and I'm struggling. if I hear that fracking list or vsb again I'm going to literally scream. this has been the hardest book to continue to listen to

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  • House of Cards Fan
  • 20-08-2021

Characters Blah!

So I try to support "coming out" stories as often as possible because they have an opportunity to set an example for so many people, younger and older, who may be struggling with the process. The notion that a small town country boy with limited gay options moving to the big city is huge because there are many living in those kinds of places where gay options don't exist. In this instance, I did not find a credible relationship or a person with whom I felt a connection or any empathy. Jay's best friend Lou, perhaps they had a warm and supporting friendship in the past, but Lou's attitude through the whole story seemed like Jay was on the hook for everything. Aside from being pitiful, she was one sided. She could do what she wanted with Chip but expects Jay to be dutifully by her side. Max, snotty Reece, the college boys, all of whom were arrogant and self absorbed. Albert may have been decent but was highly judgmental about the "lying by omission" concept. In this story, it is unfortunate that Jay fell into the lion's den and had to learn the hardest lessons really fast.

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  • Trio
  • 26-06-2021

Beautifully Written, M. Sanderlin is Excellent!

Mark Sanderlin delivers a fantastic performance in this wonderful story! I can't wait to find out what else he has narrated.

Snarky, sassy, sweet and so full of soul, Jason June’s Jay’s Gay Agenda kept me smiling from the very start! I’m thoroughly impressed by the pace this talented author keeps up as Jay takes us along for the ride of a lifetime.

Growing up as the only out gay student in a very small town, Jay’s culture shock is understandable when he’s plunked down in sophisticated Seattle at the start of his Senior year in high school. In the process of crossing items off of his to-do list, Jay finds out that growing up has more to do with being human, than it does with how one identifies.

Issues like loyalty, understanding, honesty, and feeling wanted and accepted, are universal. And learning how to function in society has its challenges, no matter where you call home. We all can relate to some of the things Jay faces, and just watching Jay navigate his way through them is a pleasure.

A beautifully written, heartfelt story, I absolutely adored Jay’s Gay Agenda.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-2021

3 Stars for sure

Humorous, quirky, and sex positive.

Definitely a coming of age story that wrenches your heart as things spiral and get pulled together. Jay has spent so much of his life as the “gay kid” and now he’s in Seattle where the label doesn’t fit anymore, so what happens when he has to actually figure himself out? A messy journey.

Best Pro: Asian male love interest.

Worst Con: anal sex without any douching??? Ew

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-2024

I'm not sure what to think of this story.

Until it got to chapter 20 or so, I was really enjoying this book. It's cute, clever, and generally entertaining. But the minute the story turned into the protagonist blaming himself for everything that happened, instead of delving into the true messiness of everyone's involvement in the events of the story, I started to lose interest and get angry with the narrator for his self-pity and with the author for their implication that accountability only falls on the narrator's shoulders.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-01-2024

It wasn't bad.

I don't dislike it. I just recognize that even though I consume a lot of queer content of all kinds this story just wasn't really for me. I personally just didn't identify with any of the characters, and the pacing wasn't right for me.

It was true to itself and I'm sure there are plenty of people who could find more enjoyment in it than I did.

If anything I just think the biggest thing that threw me off was just how bright and upbeat it was. It radiated optimism and even when bad things happened it felt temporary. I prefer stories with a healthy level of pessimism and lasting consiquences. Stories that have a slower pacing and leave you time to sit in positive and negative feelings.

That all said, if you like the burst of positive gay energy and want a bite sized queer story about overcoming young mistakes, you'll probably enjoy this and it's fun quirks. It knows how to stick to a goofy bit and it has positive messages about being more considerate to others.

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  • Christopher Enblom
  • 08-11-2021

LOVE IT

1. This is the book I would have loved as a teen.
2. A perfect happy gay story with relatable characters.
3. A must to read as a queer person!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-06-2021

Amazing!

Loved it from start to finish! The positive sex talk is amazing and it shows the struggles of peer pressure and sex. The side characters are so funny like Max but also have a backstory. They're not just there for comedic relief or more people in the story, they have a story of their own and I found myself really rooting for them. At some points, The Mc was slightly unlikeable but that was resolved by him actually realizing the mistakes he made. no one is perfect and I was in a similar situation to him, having moved out of my close minded, mean environment into something more open and immediately having accepted the first guy I met as a boyfriend just because finally someone actually showed interest in me, even though I didn't have real feelings for him and then hurting him in the process.

Finally nonhomophobic jocks! I loved that Max was so popular at the school. You see it way too often that the gay kid is the outsider when that's mostly not true! My friend (the only openly gay boy in our year) is the most popular guy in our year because of his personality and everyone is really protective of him. Any homophobe is scrutinized by everyone else. I think the community needs more of that because just as much as gay people are stereotyped in straight media, the "Jocks are the bullying and heartless homophobe" stereotype is shown way to often in queer media. So the positive representation here with Damien and Max is so great! No one even second-guesses their friendship or Max being a cheerleader for him, they just accept it which makes me so happy!

Additionally, outing not being the Main story arc! I really love that this could have been a straight story because it kind of normalized the LGBT community rather than making it about the outing which makes us different from the others.

The narrator's voice also fits this character so well! It's amazingly fitting!

The only thing I didn't like as much, was the lists. In the paperback novel, I didn't mind them. I liked them actually, because if they weren't there I would have kept going over to the first list to see what Jay is talking about. However in the audiobook you couldn't skim over it, which made it a but boring as the list usually was a minute long. I'll stick with 5 stars though because neither the authors, nor the narrator was at fault for that!

Overall, this goes onto my list of favs!!!!

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  • Grace Murphy
  • 27-03-2023

Too Many Lists

Adorable in many ways, but maybe one to be ready rather than listened to. The same list, the gay agenda, is read again and again and again.

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  • Mithrial
  • 07-03-2023

A heartwarming story of young love.

A lovely story about first time relationships. Great for teens.
As I am old and a bit more jaded in the world I feel getting anyone to apologise and admit their mistakes especially with teenage peers, is unlikely.
So I admire the writers optimism, but perhaps they've grown up amongst better people than I did.
Enjoyed the song references. Glad to know both songs by Shawn Mendes and Lil Nas X, so maybe I'm older but not totally out of date.
An entertaining read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2023

Omg cringe!

The narrator sounds so annoying,their accent really threw me off. The story was also told to me instead of shown, which also sucked. wouldn't recommend to anyone over 10 years old.

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  • Stefan Dimitrov
  • 19-02-2023

Amazing book. Must read

Amazing book about the important things in life and self discovery. Beautifully written. Prepare to laugh and cry. I am speechless. One of my favourite books already.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2022

Great read

Great coming of age LGBT+ audiobook, a must read for anyone who wants to either learn about the hardships of coming out as gay all the while trying to find maintain and sustain a healthy relationship or for anyone who enjoys a drama book. Definite listen and on my list to read again.

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  • SL8751a
  • 05-07-2022

Wish it was me

Wow! What a great story. Enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes whilst still being realistic to what a teen can go through on the hunt for first love. The narration was super. Highly recommended.

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  • Danski H
  • 16-05-2022

Terrible

This was so terrible I couldn’t finish it. Annoying repetitive lists, unlikeable main character, two-dimensional secondary characters. No idea how this got published in this form.

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  • Jack Mulcahy
  • 03-05-2022

A very cute queer romcom!

Jay's Gay Agenda is a lovely story about blooming late but never losing your roots. I laughed, I gasped, I got slightly annoyed at the mentions of the list but overall I fell in love with a vibrant cast of characters who felt realised and honest.

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