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Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape)


In the follow-up to Carrie Jones’ Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend, Belle has a cool boyfriend and everyone else—her mom, her best friend, and her ex—are all happily ensconced in new romance. So what’s wrong with Belle and Tom? Nothing is what’s the matter. No sex, no “I love you.” Nada. What’s a girl to do?

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738725376
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Adolescence


People keep changing who they are & defining themselves by their own choices, and that’s cool most of the time, but not all the time. No, it’s not cool all the time at all. Belle is closing in on her last few months of high school and things are much better than they were before. Well, almost. Belle’s not too sure about all the sureness that other people seem to have about things like labels (popular, slut, jock), change (college, real adulthood, new friends, lost friends), and love (oh yeah, that). Not to mention, there’s THE BIG PROBLEM with Tom and other-well, unexpected-surprises. If you want to read more about Belle, check out Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend from Flux.

Praise for Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend
“From the first sentence of Carrie Jones’ novel, I could tell that here was a bright new writer who was going to set the world of young adult letters aflame.” -Kathi Appelt, award-winning poet and author
“Provocative…The author’s poetic prose ably captures her heroine’s emotional upheavals.” -Publishers Weekly
“Jones offers an atypical perspective of the coming-out story by legitimizing the love that is not lost, but changed, when young people grow up and apart.” -School Library Journal

Copyright: 2008
Page Count: 288
ATOS: 3.8
Lexile: 620L
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Dating & Sex

Reviews and Awards

““The story is honest, earthy, and appealing.” — KLIATT

“Teens will dig right into Belle’s relationship dilemmas, fully empathizing with her insecurities.” — VOYA

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