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by Tucker Shaw
HarperCollins, 2006
Review by Amy Ridley on Nov 7th 2006

The Hookup Artist

Lucas is the resident cupid at Thomas Jefferson High School. His matchmaking is well thought out and highly successful. When his best friend Cate needs his help, he sets out to find her his best match ever because she deserves the best guy ever. That guy turns out to be Derek Griffin, the new guy who just moved to Denver from New York. Lucas is having a hard time separating his feelings for Derek, from wanting to hook Cate up with him. He feels like a bad friend but Derek is giving off vibes that Lucas may be the one for him.

Shaw does a wonderful job creating a character the reader can sympathize with. He avoids any stereotypes with Lucas. The pain that Lucas feels about his situation is genuine and raw and something that all of us have felt in our lives.  This is the classic tale of what should you do if you're in love with your best friend's guy.  Shaw eloquently tells the story through a different perspective. The supporting cast fits in nicely and each have their own story to tell.

Shaw does not make this a preachy story about a person coming out. Lucas has already dealt with his sexuality before the story starts. This is just a story about a boy falling in love. Shaw allows his characters to have flaws and not always be likeable. The ends are not all tide up neatly. Some questions are left unanswered which matches the tone of the book.

 

© 2006 Amy Ridley

 

Amy Ridley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University.