Self, Jeffrey Drag Teen, 272 pages. PUSH (Scholstic), 2016. $18. Language: PG-13 (70 swears); Mature Content: PG (about gay teens and drag shows); Violence: G.
JT is so ready to get out of dullsville Florida. But his parents have no money for college, so scholarships are about the only chance he has. The only scholarship idea he has is road-tripping to New York City to enter the Miss Teen Drag competition. He drags along his boyfriend, Seth, and his best friend, Heather, on a whirlwind trip to the Big Apple. Along the way he meets some fairy godmothers (figuratively), who help him learn more about himself and maybe find a way to follow his dreams.
Self writes a great book covering a seldom seen topic. Despite the language, I was very interested in JT’s journey. Some of the scenes are a bit campy and the resolution is helped along by a bit of deus ex machine, but the ride was a lot of fun.
HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher