Mar 8, 2011

GEMINI BITES by Patrick Ryan

8712384Published 3/1/11

Gemini Bites | Patrick Ryan


Hardcover | 240 pp.
One of the strangest (and funniest) love triangles ever to hit YA fiction, when a pair of twins (one boy, one girl) both fall for the boy who moves in with them…who may or may not be a vampire.
Judy and Kyle Renneker are sixteen-year-old fraternal twins in a rambling family of nine. They have a prickly history with each other and are, at least from Judy's perspective, constantly in fierce competition. Kyle has recently come out of the closet to his family and feels he might never know what it's like to date a guy. Judy, who has a history of pretending to be something she isn't in order to get what she wants, is pretending to be born-again in order to land a boyfriend who heads his own bible study.
When their parents announce that the family is going to be taking in a fellow student for a month so that he can finish the school year before moving away, both Kyle and Judy can't help but sit up and take notice. Garret Johnson, who is taking temporary residence in the newly finished attic, is a young man who moved into town less than a year ago and who is a mysterious, goth loner . . . and claims to be a vampire. He's not an easy person to get to know by any means, but the twins find him (to varying degrees) both strange and alluring.
GEMINI BITES explores what it means to pretend to be something you aren't, what happens when that backfires, and how in-your-face honesty is almost always the best course of action.
Brent’s opinion of the novel:
     When you first see the cover/read the synopsis, you think, “Really dude?  A vampire book?  What is this, 2009?”  Then, after you read the synopsis again and pick up on the words twins, gay, bisexual, same guy, you want to read it immediately.  That’s what it was like for me, at least.
     Kyle and Judy Renneker, fraternal twins, have always competed.  For attention in their 9-member family, the best grades in their small high school, everything.  When Garret Johnson, the school goth, moves into their attic (his parents are moving away before his semester at school is over), they both start to have an eye for him.  And it turns into a competition—who can snatch the freaky bad boy.  As they get to know him, they see that he tries hard to pretend to be something he’s not, and for strange reasons…
     I really liked GEMINI BITES.  It was funny.  Real funny.  Extremely funny.  Like, giggle-like-a-three-year-old-watching-cartoons funny.  I enjoyed every minute of Patrick Ryan’s great sarcasm.  I loved the characters Kyle and Judy.  They were both completely opposite but so similar in tone/likability/etc. GEMINI BITES was a lot about love & relationships, but focused mainly on Kyle and Judy, and what honesty means to them.  The story matched the characters perfectly.
    So, no, this is not a vampire book.  (Don’t worry!)  It’s a book about family, fighting for attention, and being true to yourself.  The alternative point-of-views only add to the story’s depth, and make it an enjoyable, quick, read.  I give it three-and-a-half stars. 

Most memorable lines:
Text books have boring titles.  How about something like Geometry—Wow.


Brittany said...

Great review Brent!!!

BookChic said...

I just got this in the mail and I'm so excited to read it! Great review!