Shoulder Pads and Flannel Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-04 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings

"I was really looking forward to reading this book after finishing the first one but found myself disappointed right off the bat. I did not like Guillermo as much as I liked Evan and found his character flat and incomplete. The overall sense I got while reading this book is that is was rushed to production and acted more as a bridge to the third book in the series. The first book had a more complex story-line with more subplots while this one only focused on the conflict of coming out by the main character and with the threat of violence from the previous book.
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"Reviewed by Brandilyn for Prism Book Alliance Book two, Shoulder Pads & Flannel, continues Moe and Evan's story about two weeks after the events of Nail Polish, but this time we hear from Moe's perspective. Moe is popular. He is also a big, built, and intimidating guy that no one wants to take on to his face, so instead, they bully him in the only way they can... through rumors. Most everyone has heard the adage "Sticks and stones will break my bones Find the full review at" said.

"Guillermo is gay and in love with Evan in this second book in a four part series. One thing that is great is that this book can be read as a stand alone novel or read first with readers going back then reading book one. The book revolves around Guillermo's life on the football team, dealing with Evan, the after-effects of the bullying of Evan (that occur in book 1) and potentially coming out to friends and family. The book feels authentic except the last few chapters feel like a set-up for book 3. But this is a series that needs to be in YA libraries. Not only does it deal with gender identity issues, it deals with bullying, abuse, and how gender issues are dealt with in school situations. " said.

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Note: This ebook was provided by Harmony Ink Press in exchange for an honest review.

Shoulder Pads and Flannel is the second book in Jo Ramsey's young adult (YA) Deep Secrets and Hope series. This takes place soon after the events in the first book and is more of Moe Garcia's story and the struggles that he faces as a gay teenager in the closet. Moe is a good guy and it's easy to see why he's having difficulty being honest with others about who he truly is. While his boyfriend Evan Granger underwent verbal and physical abuse from their classmates, Moe's experience proves that bullying comes in many forms and that the ones that don't leave outright bruises can be the ones that hurt more and last longer. His bravery allows him to take back the power from the bullies. Four stars for Shoulder Pads and Flannel. ♥
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"When I acquired this book, I didn't know it was the second one in a series but you end up with a good picture of what went down in the first book in the series.

I love coming-out stories so I might have had high hopes and in theory, I find the premises quite interesting. It's the execution that feels lacking to me.

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"Evan and Moe's story continues, this time from Moe's perspective, and is just as enjoyable as the first instalment. Like the first story there is much angst from both of the guys, but their relationship does progress and move forward. There is an additional story line involving a possible rape, which s told with a sensitive manner.

This story is told with a positive attitude and is very supportive of accepting peoples differences, which is great. How great would this be if it actually happened in reality all the time.

I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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"We first met Guillermo Garcia in the first volume of the Deep Secrets and Hope series. He is a handsome, Latino, closeted, high school football player who is secretly dating the out loud and proud Evan Granger. I read "Nail Polish and Feathers" when it was released and re-read it yesterday before launching into this follow up story. Where the last page of "Nail Polish" ends, the first page of "Shoulder Pads and Flannel" begins. The POV changes to Guillermo's and we still hear and see a lot of Evan Granger. I fell in love with Evan in the first volume due to his unapologetic flamboyant ways and desire to be a professional drag queen when he grows up.

This story takes us to the next level in the relationship between Moe and Evan and takes an honest and realistic look at what gay teens deal with in the process of coming out to family and peers. There is also a sensitive dealing with the date rape of a teenage girl in the mix, with Guillermo playing an integral role in helping in her healing journey. If I could only pick one gay coming of age series to gift to gay teens, these two books would be the ones I'd choose. I have read many YA novels that deal with the issues at hand for gay teens including bullying, family issues, school and peer issues, etc., but I have to say that these two novels, together, do the best job of helping a gay teen find their own fears, experiences, worries, hopes and dreams reflected in the pages of a book. Perhaps the author's background as a teacher has something to do with how well she portrays her young protagonists.

This young couple has only made it to the kissing stage so far so these books would be well placed in high school libraries without risking the wrath of homophobic book banners. Or at least, one would hope. So if anyone reading this is in a position to purchase and place these two companion books into a school library out there in reader land, I urge you to do so. I can assure you, there is a young man or two out there hungry for this type of tale.
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"Bullies are an unfortunate threat to many gay young people. This book is the continuing story of two high school students (Nail Polish & Feathers is book one) Evan and Moe. Evan is an out and has been out since 5th grade.t times he wears makeup and women's clothes. Moe is a jock - the star of the football team, but he's also in love with Evan. Evan is abused by many in school, but Moe has his back. The boo moves at a fast pace and is difficult to put down I recommend this book to both YA and Adults. I'm looking forward to Book 3." said.

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