By Mia Siegert

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Even 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?

About the Author

Mia 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.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9781631630668
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781631630682
  • Reading Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 in
  • Publication date: May 10, 2016
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 350
  • Imprint: Jolly Fish Press
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Hockey
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Reviews of Jerkbait:

“Siegert pulls no punches in her debut." —Publishers Weekly

“Jerkbait is heartbreakingly poignant with timeless characters and an important message, and will have appeal to teen fans of coming-of-age and indie fiction." —Maia Raynor, teen reviewer, VOYA

“[This book] wrecked me. Brace yourselves for tears. It's gorgeous and gut-wrenching."—Becky Albertalli, author of the William C Morris Award-winning novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Mia Siegert’s Jerkbait is a timely reminder of LGBTQ and mental health issues in hockey" —

“Jerkbait doesn’t only examine ableism in sports and in the world at large: it also takes on homophobia." —Michael Waters, BN Teen Blog.

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