When life gets ugly, don’t wig out. Drag it up.
This is the story of JT, an high school student who’s lived with a lifetime of insecurities and fears he’s doomed to live in Florida forever, working at his family’s gas station. High school is coming to an end, yet he can’t afford to go to college. His anti-supportive parents, including his part-time job, can’t pay for a tuition. What adds to his insecurities is that his boyfriend, Seth, seems to have it all together and has a bright future ahead of him.
Just when he thinks he’s run out of options, JT learns of an opportunity from the Miss Drag Teen USA pageant in New York City, which will offer a full scholarship to the winner. Although JT wants to do it, he has a fear of failure, especially because he was booed off the stage during a school talent show. But it is Seth who gives JT that push he needs. After being convinced, JT, Seth, and their best friend, Heather, embark on a road trip to the Big Apple. No matter how complicated it all becomes, JT is determined to become the next Miss Drag Teen and win his ticket to freedom.
This was a great story. I enjoyed the whole idea of a road trip and the excitement of entering New York. I’ve never been to New York, but I hope to see it, one day. What I also liked about the story was Seth’s positive attitude. He believes that, no matter, anything is possible. Well, I won’t spoil anything for you, so I’ll just encourage you to get a copy of this book. Feel free to post your comments.
Drag Teen, by Jeffery Self, will be available on April 26, 2016.
*I received this advance copy from Scholastic, Inc., in a giveaway, for an honest review.
About the author: Jeffery Self is a writer, actor, and vlogger. He’s appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, including 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives, and 90210. Drag Teen is his first YA novel. You can check him out on Twitter.