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It was in November, a Thursday after swim practice. The thing with Mr. Tracy, Darren's English teacher. The thing was how Darren would think of it, afterward. The thing that was vague and not-named. The thing that hadn' t happened, anyway. Darren Flynn has the perfect life -- until that day in November.After that day, after what happened (did it happen?), life is differeIt was in November, a Thursday after swim practice. The thing with Mr. Tracy, Darren's English teacher. The thing was how Darren would think of it, afterward. The thing that was vague and not-named. The thing that hadn' t happened, anyway. Darren Flynn has the perfect life -- until that day in November.After that day, after what happened (did it happen?), life is different. Darren is different. Nothing is as it was - - before. His friends, his family, even the people who are supposed to be in charge are no longer who Darren thought they were. Who can he trust, now?This compelling, masterfully written novel by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates explores one teenager's search for identity in a complex, deceiving world, and the answers he finds in the most unexpected places....

Title : Sexy
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ISBN : 9780060541491
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Sexy Reviews

  • April
    2019-04-28 10:51

    I found it a)disturbing, and b)insulting to me as a teacher that our culture is so preoccupied (one might say obsessed) with the notion of teachers as pedophiles in such an exaggerated and sensationalized way. Add to both these factors that the book is poorly written, the characters poorly developed and unrealistic, and the plot and ending contrived and you have one of the most over-rated books (by an equally overrated author) I have ever read.

  • Mary Lynn
    2019-05-10 05:49

    Interesting perspective. Narrator is a popular high school boy, uncomfortable with his emerging "sexiness." There's a scandal involving his gay English teacher and JCO does a masterful job of slipping the reader under the protag's skin, which at times is a very uncomfortable place to be.

  • Scrittevolmente
    2019-05-11 08:04

    Joyce Carol Oates viene considerata una delle più grandi autrici del nostro tempo. Io dico che se tutte le sue opere sono come Sexy, c’è da chiedersi cosa si siano fumati quelli che hanno fomentato queste voci.L’unico aggettivo con cui sento esprimere appieno quello che provo verso questo romanzo è: vergognoso.La narrazione dipinge Darren come un ragazzino chiuso in se stesso, con bel fisico e un gran nuotatore, quello che però non afferma mai in modo chiaro e conciso è che è un omofobo in tutto e per tutto.La sua mente è un unico pregiudizio contro il professore con la sciarpa e gli atteggiamenti un poco femminili, lo rifugge, non vuole nemmeno guardarlo in faccia né rimanere solo in aula con lui, perché? Perché così dicono che bisogna fare, perché gira voce che sia gay, che sia un pervertito.E dopo che il suddetto pervertito gli ha offerto un passaggio in auto, Darren non fa altro che essere preda del continuo terrore che gli altri lo cataloghino come omosessuale, è la sua onta, diventa il suo chiodo fisso, non se lo leva dalla testa, tutti sparlano di lui perché l’hanno visto sulla sua auto, e ovviamente Darren – povera stella eterosessuale! – si sente ferito nel profondo per essere additato come uno di quegli schifosi.Arriva il giorno in alcuni ragazzi – teste di cazzo aggiungo io – iniziano a diffondere false voci che il professore li abbia molestati, così l’unica cosa che rimane da fare all’uomo è chiedere aiuto a Darren, pregarlo di dire la verità, che in realtà non si è mai permesso di mettere le mani addosso a nessuno studente. E Darren? Darren cancella tutte le mail senza muovere un dito, giustificandosi con Non sono affari miei.Poi il professore muore, in un incidente stradale.Per leggere la recensione per intero: QUI

  • Rekha
    2019-05-14 09:56

    Oops she did it again...Joyce Carol Oates must write every damn second of her life, don't you think? This one is another good story with familiar Oates themes: class, complex characters, gritty realism and no clear answers. I read it in one sitting- the short chapters and good pacing will make this a good pick for reluctant readers. Although I get why it's called "Sexy," I think the title may disappoint teen readers as it is not literally a sexy book in the usual way. Who knows though? Maybe a teen in search of a lascivious read will stick around for the thought-provoking story.

  • Jessi
    2019-04-24 12:01

    I wasn't particularly thrilled with this one. The title seemed a forced fit with the actual story, and seemed somewhat inappropriate for the age range, without offering a very clear message to the reader. In my opinion, it moved quickly, but failed to fully develop into a fully entertaining work.

  • Everett Darling
    2019-05-16 03:45

    Any book that a teen can read is a teen book. Treating this as a teen book is both radical and lame. Rad cause it is honest and straightforward without the all too typical patronizing teen-speak, but lame because well, yeah, what the hell is a teen book? Yes, it deals with high school, yes it deals with teens, but so do lots of books. I suppose it´s all how it´s marketed and if it motivates school libraries to shelve this, it is one not ridiculous teen book, typically housed on cobwebbed high school library shelves. As usual Oates is at full throttle, never beyond the scope of her points, never tangendential, and her hallmark stark prose is as visible as ever. Also, I´d like to note that I am both a teacher and a homosexual. And though I have never been accused of child-molestation directly, it is not something I don´t worry about, like who will think what if they knew I were gay, will the parents feel comfortable, or will the children be able to get it, or continue to learn from me..., and so on. My 12th form students asked me if I were, and I got out a yeah, and was met with none of the nightmare situations one could dream of, but I was nervous about the repercussions, not only for the above reasons, but for the questions "will I lose my job?" "will this end my career in education?" and well it didn´t. and it was a good educational and personal decision in the long run, as the two cannot and should not be separated, it is conservative rhetoric that does no one any good, because keeping kids in the dark about who we are, is the same false, patronizing bullshit that teens find so contemptuous about adults, and this alas prevents dialogue. Yet this behavior is perpetuated through fear. And this breeds the kind of bullshit situations like false molestation accusations, ongoing homophobia, gay teen suicides, and really annoying myopic opinions which don´t just end in high school, but are carried into adulthood and manifest into discrimination, abuse, murder, all perpetuated because we are too shy to ask, or too scared to tell or talk candidly with our teenagers as teachers or as parents.So, yeah, I give this book 5 stars for not being ridiculous material for teens about gay discrimination, for handling teen-sex maturely and unflinchingly, and raising questions about an infuriatingly taboo topic.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-12 07:46

    Interesting...Joyce Carol Oates for the teen set. Who knew? I found some of the details and plot lines to be a bit predictable or stereotypical. A teacher, (effeminate aka might be gay-that's new) is accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with some young boys/men (again new concept and for the record there is a difference between being gay and being a pedophile, a big difference). Eventually we learn something did happen between him and the teacher. The twist is the reader knows all the accusations are not true, we just aren't sure what is true. Without explicitly reading it in the text we get the feeling the student is conflicted about his sexuality, though the books ends on a strange note with the student engaged in a explicit scene with an older college woman. The target audience for this book is high school kids but I think I'd rather have them read Foxfire.

  • Em Chainey (Bookowski)
    2019-04-30 04:56

    Sonunun doğru düzgün bir yere bağlanmaması sebebiyle sinir etti :(Oates'in takipçisi olacağım.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-09 11:43

    This book is interesting, in some ways I liked it and in others i hated it. As a teenager myself i have to say I'm very insulted by the way she depicts the characters, most teenagers are nothing like that. She made the characters very unrealistic and unrelatable. I did like the way that she left the end open and unanswered, so you can use your imagination to create a ending. I saw that many people in the reviews found the book confusing and had to read in multiple times to understand, they didn't understand how any of it was related and none of the questions were answered, the author did this on purpose, your supposed to read between the lines and decide for yourself whether Mr. Tracy's a pedophile or if Darren is gay which is one of the aspects of the book I found interesting. Over all I don't think this book is that good, mostly due to the writing, and i doubt I will read anything else by this author.

  • Julie - Book Hooked Blog
    2019-05-13 07:53

    From the beginning this book was on my nerves. In an early passage the teenage protagonist states that when he is on the diving board at competitions he can feel the eyes of men in his community looking at him and admiring his body. As the book continues we learn that this is a small town (8300 pop.) with apparently rampant homophobia. And yet there are multiple pedophiles in town checking out teenage boys at swimming events? Seriously? It also rankled me that the only actual homosexual character in the book was a male teacher who put the moves on a student. The book was readable, but completely unbelievable. The ending was disastrous. Yuck. I like JCO's short stories, but I'm not so sure about her YA books after this one.

  • Didi
    2019-04-23 05:49

    Good looking. Fine. Cute. Hunky. Sexy. Hot. The word sexy can best be defined as being sexually suggestive, stimulating, or appealing. However equivocal the word, since it can be used to describe how one feels and how one is perceived, that is the main focal point of the Young Adult novel by Joyce Carol Oates. The novel begins with an intriguing first line which sucked me in immediately...

  • Susan
    2019-05-02 06:00

    I really like the fragmented prose style. It's true what the protag says: We see what we want to, not what's there, and that's what we fall in love with. It's all invented.I was hoping for a little more with the ending though. And I think it should be retitled. JCO is one of my new interests, nevertheless. Luckily (or unluckily as the case may be) she has about a million books for me to work my way through.Grade: A-

  • Megan Jones
    2019-04-23 09:56

    I expected nothing less from a Joyce Carol Oates young adult book - a vivid main character dealing with difficult yet realistic high school male issues, with an ambiguous ending. Being a high school English teacher, I feel as though Oates had nailed this character and his dilemmas perfectly. Quick, engaging read.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-29 07:53

    This book went in a different direction than I expected based on the flap copy. It offers a unique take on uncomfortable, upsetting subject manner. I found Darren Flynn a believable and sympathetic narrator in spite of his flaws. It's amazing how well Joyce Carol Oates captures a teen boy's voice.

  • Sami
    2019-05-09 04:09

    When I first started to read this book it was almost what I expected it to be. As I got farther through it, it was completely different and not what I had expected. It was amazing and almost brought me to tears.

  • Joseph Sverker
    2019-05-03 08:54

    Helt okej roman och intressant på många sätt. Jag tror bara att jag inte helt fastnar för Carol Oates. Hennes "Våld" är verkligen en stark roman, men utöver den har jag inte riktigt uppskattat hennes skrivande.

  • Amoena
    2019-05-16 10:44

    Badly written and lame.

  • Julia
    2019-05-06 07:01

    This book was honestly so messed up, I don't even know. How did this book even get published?

  • Mara
    2019-05-23 10:43

    Good quote: "It was all invented, wasn't it? People saw on others what they wanted to see, not what was there."(page 184)

  • (a)lyss(a)
    2019-05-14 03:54

    "Swim your heart out! What else do you have?"I haven't read much Joyce Carol Oates but I was disappointed with how this book was written.While I understand it's in the YA category I found there to be very little depth to this story. The title felt forced and even the writing in this book was choppy and full of fluff. I get we're supposed to feel that Darren is torn but I never felt like he felt bad. We don't see him doing anything to right the wrong, we don't see him doing anything to fix anything, or to show that he regrets not doing anything. We get a lot of one word sentences and a very superficial teenage boy who has no growth in this story and nothing has changed except there's a tragedy.Especially considering the gravity of this book - covering pedophilia and homophobia - very little of it is actually addressed in any real way. If anything this book seems to imply that gay people are more likely to be pedophiles which is absurd. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book but there's no resolution, no growth, and no redeemable characters.

  • Pamela Scott
    2019-04-22 05:48

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...Sexy is a fantastic book. JCO’s YA fiction is just as compelling and well-written as her adult fiction.This short little novel turned out to be a different book than I expected it to be. Judging from the blurb I thought it would be about Darren becoming aware he was gay. This is hinted at. There are certainly indications that he is conflicted.Sexy is about Darren’s friends getting revenge on a teacher for failing one of them. The book ended up a lot darker than I expected. The most interesting thing is that the reader knows there may be some truth to the rumours flying around about Mr. Tracey. What rumours are the truth? What does this mean? Is Mr. Tracey dangerous? Not all of these questions are answered but you have enough information to reach your own conclusion.I thought the book could have had a better title than Sexy. I get why JCO chose this. However, the title implies the book may be something it isn’t. I felt a little let down but the book is a fantastic, mature YA read.

  • Tristan Goding
    2019-04-26 04:43

    Ick. That's all I can say. I think Joyce Carol Oates hates teenagers. I'm kidding, of course, but I can't help noticing that her young adult books highlight pretty much everything that sucks about adolescence. This book is a sweaty, testosterone-fueled nightmare. As a gay man who regularly interacts with children, the story, which involves an effeminate teacher being accused of abusing students, is discomforting, depressing, and extremely disturbing. Its depiction of wayward youth in the corrupt American education system, which encourages unlawfulness, is an all too real reflection of how things really are. To make matters worse, it takes place in New Hampshire, and, being a resident of New England, this book felt too close to home. I did sympathize with the main teenage protagonist in his various dilemmas and the book became easier to swallow as it continued on, but the book was still too painful for me.

  • Ashton Seibert
    2019-05-15 09:58

    I read this book around 2006 or 2007 and it left quite an impression on me as an adolescent. Maybe its themes were a bit too adult for one who isn't quite a teen but this story had a melodramatic flair that excited the romantic in me. Its discussion of sex and sexuality was also exciting for me as I was just beginning to explore my own. Not a bad book but I'm certain I would feel much differently if I read it now as an adult. Once you begin to peel back its layers the plot does feel quite shallow but you cannot help but to feel for the main character who has been pushed into a turbulent situation during what's already an emotionally vulnerable time in the life of a teen. If you're a teen I would recommend this book as I feel its most relevant to those in that age group, stay away if you're an adult. The melodrama will just irritate you.

  • Liresansfrontiere
    2019-04-25 07:53

    Il aurait pu être un coup de coeur. Mais pourtant, à chaque fois que je repense à ma lecture, j'ai la forte impression qu'il y a quelque chose de très problématique avec ce roman, et je ne trouve pas quoi... Néanmoins, j'ai été happé par l'histoire, j'ai aimé le style particulier, accroché aux personnages et tout du long j'ai voulu savoir la suite, comprendre la suite. On fini ce livre avec un grand résidu de flou sur beaucoup de choses, notamment parce que le personnage principal semble ne pas vouloir savoir, mais la morale est là, assez horrible...

  • Linda
    2019-04-29 03:59

    Ik vond dit een fascinerend gegeven. Mooi poëtisch geschreven, met soms lange en soms juist heel korte hoofdstukken. Uiteindelijk voelt het verhaal toch een beetje afgeraffeld, alsof de schrijfster niet de tijd heeft willen nemen om de thematiek helemaal door te lichten. Daarom maar drie sterren.

  • Ryan
    2019-04-23 04:53


  • Emelie Talledo
    2019-05-21 03:52

    The storyline is rather creative. Something happens in the middle of the book that is really unexpected - don't ever call Oates predictable, I'd say!

  • Elisa Vangelisti
    2019-05-19 11:00

    Diciamo che Joyce la sorpresa me l’ha fatta. Oh sì, eccome! Mi aspettavo forse troppo, da questo romanzo. A suo favore posso dire che sa scrivere, ma la trama mi ha lasciata un po’ così. Veritiera, certo, credibile, senz’altro, ma a che scopo? Cioè, arrivata alla fine mi sono detta: e adesso? In genere quando chiudo un romanzo pensando “e adesso?” non è una buona cosa.

  • Mia B.
    2019-05-13 06:10

    At first glance of Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates, you’d think that this story was about the life of a handsome boy and his love life. But after you open up the book, you discover that it’s not all about the glitz and glamour of being good looking, but instead the lessons of love, loyalty, and trust. Darren Flynn had always had troubles with talking to girls; it was just awkward. However, most girls would practically be filled with joy at the thought of him just talking to them. He understood that this was the way girls felt towards him, but didn't always have enough confidence. Some days he’d feel on top of the world, confident, sexy, but other days he just felt like nobody cared or saw him. One girl in particular, however, Darren is very fond of; Molly Rawlings. She’s a smart, quiet young lady that works hard at school to achieve perfection. Although this story isn't about his love life, the author did incorporate the connection between the two shy high schoolers.“Molly Rawlings was standing by her locker, wiping at her eyes . . . Darren’s first impulse was to avoid Molly . . . Seeing her so upset, though, made him feel a sudden rush of affection for her. He wanted to protect her! Went to comfort her, squeezing her arm, hugging her . . . It wasn't typical of Darren Flynn . . . to hang out at any girl’s locker, let alone be so openly affectionate.”Determined and respectful are probably the two powerful words that adults in Darren’s life think of him as. This year, as a junior, he made varsity on the North Falls swim team but it doesn't just stop there. Darren works strenuously hard to keep up, improve, and achieve the same abilities as the better swimmers on the team. Coach constantly compliments him on his perseverance and other teachers are surprised to witness how well mannered he is. “Good work, Darren. But you can do better. Coach Ellroy was always saying this. Darren knew it was a compliment; definitely Coach didn't say this to all the guys . . . Swim your heart out! What else do you have? . . . he’d lost count of the laps, he was confused now, his vision blotched and he was only just swimming because . . . he’d forgotten how to stop.”Who can anyone trust? This was a major question that was present throughout the entire novel. After an English teacher failed several swim team students because of a tough essay, they wanted revenge; not just any old prank, something that would really affect him. Darren couldn't trust any of his friends, they were even lying to the authorities. Somehow Darren wanted out of this mess, but who could help him?“So say something, Jimmy. You could.” . . . “Darren you know I can’t. And you can’t either. Anything I said or you said, the other guys would deny it; it’s their word against ours. We can’t snitch out our friends . . . The cops and the DA people made up their minds right away, and they won’t change their minds . . .” The plot was fairly simple to realize; trust. This was apparent in the story as soon as the main conflict with Darren and a tough English teacher, Mr. Tracy, began. Suddenly, the teacher shows a little bit of interest in Darren and makes him feel uncomfortable, which creates the whole idea for the students’ revenge. Darren couldn't trust anyone; his teachers, friends, family, and even Molly Rawlings, his secret crush. I awarded this novel four out of five stars because it was an eventful book with many twists and turns. This novel also had a lot to tell and was like no other book I had read. Sexy taught the lesson of what can happen and how tangled you can get when you’re caught in a web of lies like Darren and his friends were in. However, this story didn't really have a clean finish, or tie up the loose ends very well because it didn't explain what all happened with Molly Rawlings and Darren and it didn't conclude whether or not people found out the students were lying. Although I do have a feeling the author had the intentions of keeping the ending open, that wasn't quite the style I enjoy best, unless there is a sequel.

  • Mariano Hortal
    2019-04-29 07:41

    Publicado en de las innumerables facetas de mi querida Joyce (perdonad la familiaridad, pero después de tantos libros, uno coge confianza) es la de realizar relatos para adolescentes, faceta que, por otra parte la ha empezado a hacer recientemente.Consciente del público al que se dirige, la camaleónica escritora adapta su estilo a la audiencia y nos trae a colación uno de esos temas que más suelen preocupar a los adolescentes y a sus padres: el abuso sexual.La transformación es radical, lo he notado especialmente porque, al mismo tiempo estaba leyendo su recopilación de relatos cortos “Infiel. Historias de transgresión” y la diferencia es notable, la dificultad en las estructuras sintácticas así como en el vocabulario y la oscuridad en el fondo de la historia se suavizan con frases más cortas, vocabulario sencillo y una claridad necesaria para que no haya ambigüedades en la exposición.El protagonista de la historia es un adolescente de dieciséis años como cualquiera en el que podamos pensar:“Las chicas siempre decían que Darren Flynn era sexy pero tímido. O que era tímido pero sexy.En realidad Darren era un tipo majo, un colega de sus colegas, un deportista con todas las de la ley. Con sus amigos se mostraba relajado y se lo pasaba bien, pero cuando estaba con chicas era como si la cara se le encendiera de un modo extraño y la mente le quedara en blanco.”Y se enfrenta a los dilemas habituales de su edad, esa timidez para con las chicas y, sobre todo, la expectativa de sus padres, no sentirse comprendido:“Me mira como si viera a alguien distinto, a alguien que no soy yo. A un hijo diferente. Un hijo más inteligente, mejor deportista. Un hijo que no le va a decepcionar.”En un momento decisivo, ocurrirá un suceso que cambiará la percepción de todo lo que le va a suceder debido a uno de los profesores:“No tenía por qué pensar en aquello, nadie lo sabía.Aquello que había pasado entre el señor Tracy y él.Aquello que no había ocurrido.(¿No?)Nadie lo sabía y no había pasado nada.No había pasado nada. Esa era la verdad. […]No, no me tocó.…ni siquiera llegó a intentarlo.Si lo hubiera hecho…Le habría matado.”Los sucesos se desencadenarán causando una desgracia que cambiará la vida del joven, Darren siente una epifanía, se da cuenta de que podría haber hecho algo para que no pasara lo que sucede:“Se sentó en el borde de la cama, abrumado. Aquel sería uno de los mayores golpes que recibiría en su vida.Muerto.La palabra era rotunda: muerto.Tanto que casi se preguntaba qué quería decir. ¿Quería decir ausente? ¿Quería decir Nos vas a verle más?¿Quería decir Y es tu culpa?”Joyce Carol Oates aprovechará todos los sucesos para hacernos reflexionar sobre las consecuencias de las calumnias, de levantar falsos testimonios y, últimamente, sobre la culpa y lo que podemos hacer individualmente para luchar contra ello. Fenómeno extrapolable no solo a la adolescencia sino a nuestras propias vidas más allá de ese período de nuestras vidas.Hasta en lo más pequeño la americana nos ofrece material digno, es innegable que su eclecticismo y su capacidad para cambiar de estilo son dos de sus grandes virtudes.Los textos proceden de la traducción del inglés de Xohana Bastida para esta edición de “Sexy” de Joyce Carol Oates para SM.