A captivating coming-of-age romance…
An introvert, shy teenager struggles to navigate the demands of an ordinary world as he tries to come to terms with his sexual identity in Martinez’s poignant coming-of-age story set in the early 90s. Seventeen-year-old Justin Ortega is at the brink of adulthood, but barely knows his own place in the world. Tired of trying to be someone else for the sake of his family, Justin’s only comfort is the mixtapes of 80s hair metal bands and his friendship with adorable Benny. But when an old friend moves next door, Justin finds himself ready to break the barriers that have held him always. The first-person narrative is thoroughly engrossing and efficiently portrays Justin’s apprehension, feelings of perpetual guilt, and relentless struggles to fit in. Alongside a compelling cast of multifaceted characters, vividly accurate portrayals of a teen’s struggles with his sexual identity make for a compelling coming-of-age tale. This offbeat romance is sure to delight YA readers.
The Mixtape of My Life
By Jake Martinez
Pub date March 27, 2020
Price $4.99 (USD) eBook