GETTING IT is not the best written book I’ve ever read, but it does tackle some tough issues quite admirably, with likeable characters and a fairly believable plot. Carlos Amoroso is convinced that he’s the only fifteen-year-old virgin around, and he wants to change that. He’s got his eye on Roxy Rodriguez–but she doesn’t even notice his existence, and Carlos doesn’t know how to change that. While watching television one night, he flips to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. It gives Carlos an idea.
He asks Sal, the guy at school everyone says is gay, to help him out. In exchange for making over Carlos so that girls will notice him, Sal wants help starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at their school. Carlos isn’t sure what he thinks about that–one thing he inherited from his father is homophobia–but he’ll agree to anything to get Roxy’s attention.
The issues addressed in this novel are important, and the characters are good. Alex Sanchez’s writing doesn’t really flow as well as it should; it’s a bit awkward and inconsistent sometimes. However, GETTING IT is not a bad book; it has potential, certainly, but it could be better. It’s worth reading, though, especially if you’re interested in books about gay teenagers (Carlos is not gay, of course, but homophobia is the main issue addressed in this book), or specifically gay Latino teenagers. I might even pick up more by Alex Sanchez!