Dumb Jock 2nd Edition
Jeff Irwin is short, timid, and studious. A bit of a social outcast, he lives quietly in the shadows of the popular kids at his school, his life ruled by his ever-present fear of rejection or failure. Enter high school football hero Brett Willson and the chance for Jeff to embark upon the challenge of educating the world’s dumbest jock. But what develops between Brett and Jeff proves far more challenging than any tutoring session. In 1983, rural Michigan isn’t ready to embrace love between two men, never mind two teenage boys. If they’re going to make a go of it, Jeff will have to come out of his shell—and Brett will have to prove he’s more than just a dumb jock. the end, however, they must decide whether to be true to their identities or return to the previously held conformity of their comfortable stereotypes.
Praise for Dumb Jock
“Jeff Erno tells the story of their young love with honesty and directness. He reveals their heart-stopping passion as well as the agony of fear and jealousy that threaten to break them apart. Times have changed some since the 80's, but small towns still breed the misunderstanding and prejudice evident in Erno's story. DUMB JOCK is a bold example of one author's attempt to create a novel to help teens accept their own sexuality or better understand that of those around them. It is a worthy addition to any high school collection.” MORE...RJ, Reading Junky's Reading Roost
“If someone were to tell me I had to spend three months on a deserted island and I could have ten books with me, Jeff Erno's Dumb Jock would be one of those books. Mr. Erno tells this story of two high school boys who fall in love in such a way that the characters almost become real. More than once, I wanted to shield Jeff from impending heartache or smack a couple of jerks upside the head.” MORE... Lydia, Rainbow Reviews
“Our two heroes...are very different in just about every way — popularity, wealth, family unit, physical size — yet somehow they fit together perfectly, Brett seemingly giving Jeff exactly what he needs and vice versa." MORE... Aunt Lynn, Reviews by Jesse Wave
“Dumb Jock sticks with you long after you’ve finished the book! And this is entirely due to Jeff Erno’s ability to write wonderful characters.” MORE...April, Fallen Angel Reviews
"I love reading good coming of age stories, and these characters felt very real to me... It took a while for me to really root for them as a couple, but that was the beauty of the story. Their relationship evolved over time into something truly beautiful." MORE...Madison Parker, Author of Play Me, I'm Yours
"A coming of age story that hits close to home. The challenges young Jeff must face because he's gay will pull at your heart and leave you with an open mind... Jeff Erno's dialogue and plot couldn't be anymore real."Michele L. Montgomery, Author of Dammit!