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Length: 198 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mercurial Avenue (November 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082155UO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey A. Snyder on 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 By Kindle Customer on September 16, 2012
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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 By Shar on May 13, 2012
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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 By Furio on May 15, 2012
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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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