Dumb Jock: The Musical (Dumb Jock #4)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Jock/Nerd, Series
I am really glad I found this series. I have loved it since the first book, set in the eighties, and I still love it set in the present. For the fans of the series and the author, this won’t disappoint. Jeff Erno has written another great book to add to the Dumb Jock collection.
From the beginning, Evan knew he was gay. In a way the book wasn’t as much of a coming out story as the first three books in the series. But Evan wasn’t out to others, and he hadn’t really accepted the fact that he was gay. Until Noah. Noah was out and proud. He wasn’t the typical nerdy character like the past books. He was a drama geek though, and in that sense they were not alike in the eyes of their peers.
Evan and Noah weren’t friends but Evan recognised Noah from school, most notably the drama club. It was actually a play that Noah wrote that brought the two boys together. A play based on the characters of the first book, Jeff and Brett.
I loved how easily Evan came out. I will admit, he didn’t just jump out and that was it. It was a kiss by Noah that outed him. From that kiss on, he wasn’t afraid to be seen with Noah. It was a similar event that was the conclusion of the first book. I was thrown a bit — in a good way — when Evan kissed Noah. I did not see it coming, but it was definitely a stand-out moment for me. The fallout was especially brilliant.
Religion wasn’t a huge feature in the other installments of the series, but here it played a large role. It was basically the fallout from Evan’s coming out. It also showed the true colors of people. It was great to see a lot of accepting adult figures in the boys lives. From the parents to the basketball coach, they had support. The support also came from other kids, which can be more important than that of adults.
Out of all the characters, I didn’t warm to Bryan, Evan’s best friend. I did, however, feel sorry for him for awhile. But he wasn’t a character that I fell in love with. His reactions to things really annoyed me and I didn’t see him as being a great friend to Evan. But with a mother like his, I can’t say I was surprised. Maybe I am being unfair to Bryan. He did come around eventually and ended up losing his family as a result. I just really didn’t love him.
Jeff and Brett made an appearance in the book and were pivotal to the story. It was their love story that brought these boys together. There was also a very sweet, touching moment between Jeff and Evan. It tugged at my heart strings and I will admit that it did hit a bit close to home.
I think the last chapter and the epilogue were nicely done. The last chapter served as sort of an epilogue, while the actual epilogue set up what could potentially be the next book. It wasn’t a unique ending, but I was glad Evan and Noah’s story ended where it did. Those two characters deserved a HEA together.
Dumb Jock: The Musical is definitely a five star read for me. Fans of the series should really read this book.
This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.