Nail Polish and Feathers by Jo Ramsey

Title : Nail Polish and Feathers     Word Count :74,223      Genre : Young Adult/ Gay

Blurb : Sixteen-year-old Evan Granger has no problems with being gay. Despite his mother’s objections, he wears nail polish and makeup to school and pursues his goal of becoming a professional drag queen.

TV drag star Taffy Sweet gives encouragement and Evan’s cousin Holly tries to protect him, but school bullies abuse him so badly because of his sexuality and the girly way he dresses that he ends up at the hospital emergency room. After that, even his new crush, a closeted football jock named Moe Garcia, is unhappy about Evan’s choice to live his life openly gay. But even in girly clothes and nail polish, Evan is a force to be reckoned with, and he soon shows the bullies—and everyone else—that beating a drag queen up does not mean the queen is beaten down.

My Review : I must say I really ran the gamut of emotions reading this book. Evan is a sixteen year old that is gay and likes to wear some feminine apparel and nail polish. Needless to say he gets picked on constantly by some of the members of the football team. They take it a step further after one of their own gets detention for shoving Evan at school. They actually corner Evan on a crowded street and beat him to a bloody pulp.

It was really disconcerting and it made me really furious to see how most of the adults in this book dealt with the bullying Evan was faced with. From his mother right to the faculty of the school, it was a recurring theme where they told Evan that if he didn’t dress so girly he wouldn’t be picked on all the time. To me, this is the same as when a woman gets raped and the focus is on her clothes and how she was behaving prior to the incident. No one deserves to be abused,no matter how they look or what they wear.  Whenever there is bullying or a crime, we tend to blame the victim and I think this is one of the problems we need to fix  in our society. Let’s lay the blame at the feet of the perpetrators and stop blaming the victims.

 Everyone should be free to love who they want to love. I find that anti-bullying policies are not always enforced in schools properly by the  administration and it always takes someone getting seriously hurt before something is done. It’s a serious problem that our kids are faced with in our schools which should be safe zones but are not. STOP the BULLYING,  STOP the HATE.

 There was also some romance between Evan and the running back of the football team Moe Garcia. Moe was very different from all the other players, he actually stood up for Evan against the whole school.  Moe was ok with them having a relationship behind closed doors, he just wasn’t ready to come out of the closet.  Moe really respected Evan and admired him for being brave and withstanding all the shit that came his way. I really admired Evan for being true to himself and not trying to let anyone change him. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.