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Shaw, Tucker. The Hookup Artist.

SHAW, Tucker. The hookup artist. HarperCollins. 200p. c2005. 0-06-075620-9. $15.99. JS

Lucas is the designated matchmaker in his high school, setting up cheerleaders and outcasts alike. As Thomas Jefferson's own cupid, he can find the perfect mate for anyone; except himself, that is. The problem isn't that he's gay, but that he falls for the wrong guy. When it comes time to fix up his best friend Care, however, he thinks he has things under control. The new guy in town, Derek, is The Hottest Guy Ever, with dirty blond hair, great-fitting jeans, and soccer player legs. Lucas is positive he is perfect for Care; that is, until he starts flirting with Lucas! Is he straight? Is he gay? Are Lucas' matchmaker tactics confused by his own attraction to Derek? Things only get worse when he wheedles his boy-loving Latina friend Sonja into joining him as manager of the soccer team. Readers will enjoy the plot that unrolls like an I Love Lucy episode, in which Lucas' efforts to do right are met with almost slapstick results. With a light-hearted touch, Shaw carefully navigates the complexity of teenage sexual identity through solid characters, a fun plot, and the age-old adage that what you are looking for may be right under your nose. Michele Winship, Asst. Prof., Capital Univ., Columbus, OH
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Author:Winship, Michele
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Date:Jan 1, 2006
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