Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend (you can buy it here)Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape) (you can buy this one here, too) are the first books I published.
Dylan is Belle’s true love-maybe even her soulmate. Until one day when Dylan drops the ultimate bomb: he’s gay. Where, Belle wonders, does that leave her? And how will the rest of their small town deal with an openly gay Homecoming King? This beautifully written debut explores what happens when you are suddenly forced to see someone in a new light, and what that can teach you about yourself.
“Provocative . . . The author’s poetic prose ably captures her heroine’s emotional upheavals.” –Publishers Weekly
“It’s good to have [Carrie Jones’] talent in the field.” –KLIATT
“Jones offers an atypical perspective of the coming-out story by legitimizing the love that is not lost, but changed, when young people grow up and apart.” –School Library Journal
“From the first sentence of Carrie Jones’ novel I could tell that here was a bright new writer who was going to set the world of young adult letters af lame.” -Kathi Appelt, award-winning poet and author
How Tips Came About
There was an incident in a local school where there was a hate crime against a girl because her ex-boyfriend was gay. Unlike my book, the incident wasn’t reported to the police. It made me think. Me thinking is often scary. It made me think about how small minded people can be. It made me think about how ridiculous it is that girls/women always get the rap for everything, even their friend’s sexuality. It made me wonder about my life and my choices in boyfriends. Yes, really, I’ve had boyfriends. Do NOT laugh. I did not pay them to be my boyfriend and there was no mercy dating involved. I swear.
These books won a few awards and I’m so thankful for that.