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More filters. Sort order. Nov 12, Bill rated it really liked it Shelves: gay-fiction , teen-ya-plus. During the summer before his senior year, John who lives on a Texas ranch goes to a rodeo school and learns to become a bull-rider. There he meets Kit a 19 year old college student who happens to be a politically active Gay guy, unknown to John and his friends.
John and Kit click in a friendship in a way John has never experienced before. This all sets John into an intense personal re-examination and self-discovery. This conflict drives the novel which becomes even more intense when John and his During the summer before his senior year, John who lives on a Texas ranch goes to a rodeo school and learns to become a bull-rider. This conflict drives the novel which becomes even more intense when John and his friends learn Kit is Gay.
John can't deal and explodes, damaging friendships. What I find special about this book is that it seems so real and not idealized. There is an open ending which allows readers to put themselves into the interpretation of the story and its continuance.
I quite identified with John through events in my own life. While it is promoted as a YA novel, it is much more I think.
It had meaning and remembrances for me 5 decades after my own coming of age. Highly recommended for YA's and adults of any age. A solid 8 of 10 stars, Nov 17, Jennifer Lavoie rated it it was amazing Shelves: lgbt , classroom-library. I wanted to give this book 4 stars originally just because it didn't have the ending I wanted, but in the end I couldn't justify that. I loved this book. It may not have had the happy ending I love, but it was so realistic because of that. Both Kit and John were excellent characters and I was able to connect with both.
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Some of the things Kit said made me stop to think, and I really felt for what John was going through on his journey to discover himself. Really a great read.
Jan 03, Beth rated it it was amazing. John thinks that when he had open-heart surgery as a child, maybe the doctors forget to replace an essential piece, because he doesn't want to marry Kelsey, his girlfriend who is pushing for an after-graduation commitment.
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Eager to escape, John is thrilled when his dad signs him up for rodeo camp, where he discovers an odd and deep kinship with Kit. Upon his return home, John is stunned to learn that the confident and poised young man is openly gay at his college. John is forced to make fast and John thinks that when he had open-heart surgery as a child, maybe the doctors forget to replace an essential piece, because he doesn't want to marry Kelsey, his girlfriend who is pushing for an after-graduation commitment.
John is forced to make fast and tough choices about his views on homosexuality as the news spreads. The local bully, Russ, begins tormenting Kit at local rodeos - and then finds John guilty by association. In a startling climax, John blames Kit for his confusion and scapegoathood and attacks him, pushed over the edge by Russ's comments. It takes a little too long for the protagonist to realize what the reader already suspects: that John too may be gay. His inner turmoil is only beginning when the book ends. To give her credit, Ferris doesn't take the easy way out, and the ending is not what most readers will be rooting for, but it is a fitting one that will hopefully tug at heartstrings and increase awareness and tolerance.
The book is a step in the right direction for teaching tolerance and breaking down stereotypes.
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The cover art is a bit juvenile. The cowboy on the cover looks like a scrawny kid in a too-big hat, and may be a turnoff to teens, and they will miss out on a wonderful story about the things you can't control - and the things you can. Eight Seconds is definitely another contender for best books for young adults from Ferris, and the subject matter itself demands purchase; libraries with small budget may want to wait for the paperback in the hopes of a more attractive cover.
Jun 03, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: teen-reads , books-read-in , sports , gay-reads. John a young man, still in high school feels surrounded by females what with his mother, his girlfriend, and his five sisters.
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Getting away for a week at a rodeo prep camp sounds great and there he meets and befriends Kit a handsome self assured guy who goes to college with his older sister. Kit is a natural bull rider and the two quickly strike up a friendship. When he returns home and his sister tells John that Kit is openly gay on campus, John's world is rocked.
Soon he's questioning many thi John a young man, still in high school feels surrounded by females what with his mother, his girlfriend, and his five sisters. Soon he's questioning many things that he'd previously taken for granted. This book is unusual and covers ground that not a lot of coming out stories cover from a perspective thats uncommon.
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But then, my heros have always been cowboys. I genuinely liked most all of the characters in this story and read the book pretty much in one sitting. By the end I wanted more. But even though you don't always get what you want in this book you get what you need. Well worth the time. Now that I'm done, I've got several new friends that I'm gonna miss. Oct 05, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , young-adult , lgbtq , High-school cowboy John figures out he is gay when he falls in love with Kit, a slightly older gay rodeo cowboy.
John doesn't end up in a romance with Kit, which feels realistic, though not satisfying if the reader is looking for a romance. Clunky writing in some parts, unfortunately. I guess I would rate it 3 stars for a reader looking for a teen gay relationship novel. Feb 23, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult-literature. I really liked the counrty story about a young bull rider. It did however take me for a loop, and one that some people may not be okay with for a young person. I thought that it shows that not everyone is the same and that it is okay, too.
Jun 20, jazmin rated it liked it. Nov 03, Malana rated it it was amazing. Feb 28, Mickaela rated it it was amazing. Eight Seconds is an amazing book. It is one of those that keeps the reader intrigued throughout the entire story. His sense of self-discovery during his late teens is one of the most interesting elements to this story. Jan 05, Sue J rated it liked it. A realistic look at life It was almost a new concept that people reap the 'benefits' of their actions.
Very often in young adult literature that is not the case! Jan 22, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: library , queer , young-adult. Stars: 4.