- File Size: 530 KB
- Print Length: 197 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mercurial Avenue (November 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082155UO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Jumbo Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the first page to the end, I felt for the guy, rooting for him along the way. You see him working his way through his high school life, only to get slammed with issues from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Quiet storm
Mitchell (alias "Jumbo") has a significant problem for any man, but a real problem for a high school student, especially if he is on the swim team. Read morePublished 5 months ago by FORMER Kindle Customer
When reading this story, prepare to go through the looking glass. The author weaves a narrative of impossible events in a dark grey mood that somehow pop out a happily ever after. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Charles Pruitt
This book was great!
I've never read a book by Todd Young but I love reading gay romance and this is one of the absolute best that I've ever read. Read more
I just read this book, for the second time. I had previously read this story when it first came out. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mike Packard
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 morePublished 23 months ago by LenaRibka
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Tom(C)
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 morePublished on October 28, 2013 by KAlan
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 bookPublished on June 22, 2013 by JerseyJeff
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