"Jerkbait was an excellent read on the complex issues facing LBGTQ athletes, as well as their families, featuring complex, believable characters who would not be out of place in any high school across America." —Chris Kluwe, former NFL player, LGBTQ rights activist, author, PrimeEven though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to feel the weight of each other's lives on the ice, and off. Tristan starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan can't escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Robbie's future in the NHL is plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach, and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer. As their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie finds solace in an online stranger known only as "Jimmy2416." Between keeping Robbie's secret and saving him from taking his life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a brother he barely knows, or pursue his own path. How far is Robbie willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to go to help him?
Reviews"Mia Siegert's poignant, vibrant first novel deals with issues of sexual orientation, which makes it very timely, and with issues of the human heart, which makes it timeless." —Mark Spencer, award-winning author, A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House
"Poignant in the real sense: sharply drawn, pointed, and piercing." —David Galef, award-winning author, How to Cope with Suburban Stress
"From beginning to end, this book was explosive." —Nicole Tone, This Literary Life
"Issues like bullying and Internet predators are explored, and Mia Siegert isn't afraid to go there and get ugly, get dark. As a reader, I appreciated her honesty. As a writer, I was in awe of her talent . . . Electric and explosive, yet soft and nuanced, Jerkabit is a powerhouse of a debut that is bound to leave a mark on the world of YA lit." —Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author, Firsts
"What is arguably the most important aspect of Siegert's work, however, is the spotlight it throws on the plight of gay athletes, particularly at the high school level . . . I sincerely hope that this book finds its way into the hands of every gay high school athlete, so that they might know they are not alone." —Caleb Roehig, author, Last Seen Leaving
"Jerkbait is an intriguing look into the world of both parents and kids as they try to navigate the difficult path to the draft. A cautionary tale and a must-read for parents and kids alike." —Patrick O'Sullivan, former NHL Player; author, Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph
"Jerkbait was an excellent read on the complex issues facing LBGTQ athletes, as well as their families, featuring complex, believable characters who would not be out of place in any high school across America." —Chris Kluwe, former NFL player, LGBTQ rights activist, author, Prime
"Jerkbait is gutsy, urgent, raw and hopeful." —Brian Kitts, Co-Founder, You Can Play.
Author BiographyMia Siegert has been published in Clapboard House, Word Riot, The Limn Literary & Arts Journal as well as a few other small presses. A short reading of JERKBAIT was performed by the New Jersey Playwrights Association where it was tremendously received. Siegert currently works as an adjunct professor and a costume designer. She lives in New Jersey.