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Jumbo [Kindle Edition]

Todd Young
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mitchell has a problem. He’s a little too small where it counts. The guys on the swim team have started calling him Jumbo — a cruel joke — and meanwhile he’s in love with his best friend, Luke.

But when Mitchell starts receiving love letters in his locker, can they really be from Luke? Or are they from someone big enough to love him just the way he is?

Product Details

  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mercurial Avenue (November 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082155UO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumbo by Todd Young May 13, 2012
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I picked up 'Jumbo' on a whim after seeing Young's other books but never quite deciding to 1-click and read one. Once I started on this one, I was pretty quickly sucked in and finished it over the course of a Saturday.

While the book centers on Mitchell and his concerns over his equipment size, he has a lot of traumatic experiences thrown at him in an extremely short period of time. It was almost too much at times but it did create a good foundation for a coming of age/m/m romance story. I felt for the kid and I really wanted to shake some sense into his father who was diving head first into his own mid-life crisis. Mitchell was dealing with coming out issues and fears of being outed, an abusive coach, his infatuation with this best friend, his family, girls, ... the list goes on .... He sometimes reacted in a fairly adult manner and sometimes as a small child so to that degree, he was believable as an 18yo boy.

On the downside, there was so much going on with him that when the book ended, if didn't feel like the story was finished. Some of the major plot points had resolved themselves, but others were still left open. To some degree, that's real life and we don't get a Happily Ever After but I just wanted to know that Mitchell was going to be OK.

Early on, I found myself googling for information around under-endowed men and their concerns and the various non-surgical and surgical methods used to try and correct their size. It was definitely a learning experience and not something I would normally do when reading a book. I liked Mitchell as a character enough that I wanted to know more about this issue that was consuming him.

Now that I've read one of Young's novel, he's on my list of authors to keep an eye on. I'll definitely read more of his books.

Pick up a copy, it's worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Similar to author's other works September 16, 2012
By Smm
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If you liked other books by this author you will like this one as well. it has similar plot of an incredibly attractive but naive main  character dealing with a personal flaw.  mitch was an interesting and like able character who was honest and realistic. a good read though i wanted more from the ending. not sure how else it COULD have ended though. would re read and recommend.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read May 13, 2012
By Shar
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Jumbo, by Todd Young was a fabulously edited (I have to add that because so many m/m books are not!) novel about Mitchell, a boy with a big problem about his size, resulting in a cruel nickname used by so many people around him. As a senior in high school, he has a lot to deal with it, but he does so quite immaturely. While he seems smart, he is lacking in many areas that cause those around him to think he's feigning innocence; but he is really just that.

Young does not characterize his characters very much, but he gives you enough to form an opinion on them, I think. While in third person, the story is told from Mitchell's point of view, and this leads me to believe he may be slightly bipolar. At times I found myself frowning because of something he thought or said, making me think that it may have been out-of-character for him. This is of course because things sort of build up around Mitchell then come at him all at once--which is hard for him to deal with. With that said, I do not think he deals with it particularly well.

I read Jumbo in one sitting, and I really enjoyed reading it. I am a senior in high school myself, and I felt like the things going on around him were mostly relate-able from the point of view of someone his age. I did not feel like things really went over-the-top, and the high school drama was pretty normal--aside from a few things that were addressed at different points during the novel as such.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars rough May 15, 2012
By Furio
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I have mixed feeling about this short novel.

On the up side it is good to choose a lead encumbered with a problem seldom to be found in M/M coming of age stories. Endowment is a relevant issue that can surely cripple a man's self esteem as it does here. Mitchell is also 18 y.o. and like many boys his age, even clever ones, he is quite immature, unable to deal with adults and fellow students. All this makes for an interesting approach: Mitchell's struggles feel relatable, especially for all those readers who have had a troubled childhood.
On the down side Mr Young has exaggerated. It is obviously not his intent that of delivering a heartwarming romance with a happily ever after, but it seems to me he feels the need to push several buttons at once, unleashing on his character, who already has quite a lot to deal with, an emotional storm of difficult, challenging situations, some of which (the family troubles) unwarranted for.

To cut it short, Mitchell is portrayed in the eye of the cyclone but without the author's taking enough time to let him analyze it and attempt to grow through it. He is as immature, conflicted and self hating at the beginning of the novel as he is in the last page. This may be realistic as people do not change overnight and the timespan covered by the novel is actually short, but I still think that a novel should portray an evolution to have sense as a work of fiction/art.
The only possible exception to this rule of mine concerns those authors gifted with such a beautiful, powerful writing that they manage to make any kind of situation and plot acceptable.

This is not the case here: Mr Young's style is rough edged, especially proficient in portraying negative emotions, but it is certainly not exquisite.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
I just read this book, for the second time. I had previously read this story when it first came out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Packard
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite author in the genre!
I've just quickly skipped through some reviews - I normally face the other reviews after I've finished my own - and most of them started with "I don't really know how to rate... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Justme
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
At first Jumbo is humiliated but then everybody turns gay and he's satiated. The sweetest cruel book I've read. MC is not too bright. He is too kindly called naive. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tom(C)
5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye (see what I did there?)
Holy god. This book is so much more than it appears to be on the surface. A painful and awkward (to say the least) coming of age with a thankfully heartwarming ending. Read more
Published 19 months ago by KAlan
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended
Though this story was at times predictable, it was a good character-driven story of high school seniors trying to figure their lives and sexuality out. A good, recommended book
Published 23 months ago by JerseyJeff
5.0 out of 5 stars took me back to high school swimming class
It was difficult at first for me to get into the story because of the simple level of writing. I’m not it was done for ‘voice’ or it that’s just the author's style, but regardless,... Read more
Published on February 19, 2013 by SCAVOLA
5.0 out of 5 stars A coming out story with a little problem
The story is sexy, but it's pretty explicit. Mitchell is an 18 year old high school senior struggling with coming out, family problems, and self esteem/body issues due to have a... Read more
Published on January 19, 2013 by Uncle B
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done.
This book is about young and naive Mitch and his "foe to friend" buddy Tadd. They share similar yet polar opposite problem that seems to dictate and overshadow their ralationships... Read more
Published on October 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the entire book in one day
I wouldn't necessarily classify this as M/M erotica, though there were definitely some explicit scenes. I actually stumbled across this while looking for YA novels about gay teens. Read more
Published on September 29, 2012 by Brigid Kemmerer
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!
In Jumbo, Todd Young tells the story of Mitchell, a small guy with an even smaller problem. Mitchell has a micropenis. Read more
Published on September 23, 2012 by Madison Parker
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More About the Author

Todd Young writes books that sit on the borderline between gay erotica and m/m romance.

Generally, I aim to write erotica that goes a little further than the average. I spend a lot of time on my characters, trying to make them as believable as possible. While my stories are sexual fantasies, I want them to have a deeper meaning, and a quality of unexpectedness. To some degree, I am attempting to write literature, but more importantly, I want my stories to be genuinely engaging. I want them to be easy to read, while at the same time leaving the reader with the feeling that they have read something meaningful.

I hope both men and women will find my stories satisfying. They revolve around romance, though there is often much more going on in the texts.

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