Another Dumb Jock
In Dumb Jock, Jeff and Brett fall in love, but their relationship is not without challenges. Brett’s a football star, and Jeff is the classic nerd. Their coming of age and coming out story is set in the 1980s, and they face many obstacles. Yet their love for each other is strong, and they finally get their happy ending.
Now, almost three decades later, their children are teenagers. Adam, their fifteen year old son, is the star pitcher of his high school baseball team. He has grown up with two dads, in a loving, non-judgmental environment. Yet Adam has challenges of his own. He’s failing two of his classes at school, and he’s been suspended for fighting. He resents being labeled and insists that just because he has two dads, it doesn’t mean that he is himself gay.
When he is forced to accept help from another student in his algebra class, Adam starts to have feelings that cause him to question his very identity. He’s got to decide whether to follow his heart or to maintain the image he’s worked so hard to portray. Will he have the courage to take a stand for what he knows is right, or will he end up being just another dumb jock?
Best Young Adult/Coming of Age
Rainbow Awards, 2012
Praise for Another Dumb Jock
“I've been a fan of Jeff Erno's books for a while now, and this may be his best work yet. This is a heartfelt tale about what happens when the heart wants what it wants. Mr. Erno's lessons about family and being true to oneself and integrity and honor - well, there aren't many writers around who can take these themes and construct a beautifully written story told so very well.” MORE...T.A. Webb, Author of Second Chances
“I love the ease with which Mr. Erno allows the boys' relationship to flow. From their first meeting the connection between them is present. Trevor not only shows Adam that there is no reason to be ashamed of being gay, but also that the young jock is lucky to have the strong, loving family he does.” MORE... Lydia, Top 2 Bottom Reviews
“Jeff Erno has a real talent for writing teens.” MORE... Reviews by Jessewave
“Aside from creating believable and identifiable characters, Erno writes with humor and wit but this does not take away from the message he sends us. Before we can ever expect to be accepted by anyone else, we must first accept ourselves. We saw this in “Dumb Jock” with the fathers and we see it here with the son. Aside from that Erno givs us a special treat in that we see the dynamics of an “older couple” as well as the blossoming of romance with the younger couple. Once again Erno gives us a terrific read” MORE... Amos Lassen, Reviews by Amos Lassen
“I love the humor in this story. Adam and Trevor both had such great personality. I also love the interaction between Adam and his two dads. It's a story not often told, and it brought me to tears.” MORE...Madison Parker, Author of Play Me, I'm Yours