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SYNOPSIS

 

Even though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other’s lives on the ice—and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can’t escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world.

Robbie's future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer. As their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie finds solace in an online stranger known only as "Jimmy2416." Between keeping Robbie’s secret and saving him from taking his life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a brother he barely knows, or go on a journey that leaves them both changed.

How far is Robbie willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to go to help him?

 

 

PRAISE FOR JERKBAIT

"Siegert pulls no punches in her debut." --Publishers Weekly

“Mia Siegert’s Jerkbait is a timely reminder of LGBTQ and mental health issues in hockey" —SB Nation

"There’s a lot to talk about with this book. Siegert is tackling big topics: teenage sports careers; being not just a closeted gay teen but a closeted gay teen athlete; sibling/twin relationships; depression and suicide attempts; crappy parents; crappy friendships; homophobia; stigma with mental illness, and so much more [...] Bleak but powerful." -- Amanda MacGregor, Teen Librarian Toolbox

"[Jerkbait] wrecked me. Brace yourselves for tears. It's gorgeous and gut-wrenching." --Becky Albertalli, author of the William C Morris Award-winning novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Jerkbait doesn’t only examine ableism in sports and in the world at large: it also takes on homophobia." —Michael Waters, BN Teen Blog

"Jerkbait is heartbreakingly poignant with timeless characters and an important message, and will have appeal to teen fans of coming-of-age and indie fiction." --Maia Raynor, teen reviewer, VOYA

"Mia Siegert's poignant, vibrant first novel deals with issues of sexual orientation, which makes it very timely, and with issues of the human heart, which makes it timeless."

—Mark Spencer, award-winning author, A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House

 

"Poignant in the real sense: sharply drawn, pointed, and piercing."

—David Galef, award-winning author, How to Cope with Suburban Stress

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