The Arizona Kid

The Arizona Kid

A trip out West to work at a racetrack ? and a sojourn with a sophisticated gay uncle ? bring unexpected discoveries in this quick-witted coming-of-age novel by the author of STONER & SPAZ and MARGAUX WITH AN X. I was in the West. The Old West. The Wild West! A whole summer in a new place: a place away from my parents, a place so hot the girls probably wore bikinis to c A trip out West to work at a racetrack ? and a sojourn with a sophisticated gay uncle ? bring unexpected disc...

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Title:The Arizona Kid
Author:Ron Koertge
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:The Arizona Kid
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Arizona Kid Reviews

  • karen
    Nov 07, 2010
    i was all braced to not like this one. it was for the humor section of the reading list, and surely my sense of humor is more refined and nuanced than a teenager's, right. RIGHT?? i just figured it would be silly and not really a stick-to-your-cranium kind of book. but this is dr....
  • Alarra
    Aug 01, 2011
    I picked this up at the library because I remembered reading the first few pages while waiting in line to see Neil Gaiman a while back and I wanted to know what happened. A sweet, coming-of-age, teen romance with a sympathetic teen boy protagonist, and a pretty awesome female love inte...
  • Erin
    Apr 25, 2009
    #80 on the ALA Banned Book list- I suspect because of the gay uncle... ...
  • Lisa
    Feb 04, 2008
    When I received this copy from the library, its looks turned me off and I almost returned it unread. GASP! Then I realized a librarian judging a book by its cover is heresy. I'm so glad I read it. I enjoyed the relationships among the characters and the maturation of the main character...
  • elissa
    Oct 14, 2007
    An older title that you don't see around much anymore, but I'm sure it still holds up well. An issue novel (the main character's uncle is gay) and a sweet love story from the boy's POV. This was one of the first new novels that I read as a new YA librarian in the 90's, and I loved it. ...
  • Caitlinleah
    Jul 22, 2012
    not actually a lesbian book, but a gay uncle book. one of the best stories of what most people's actual experience with homosexuality is like. a wonderful story with excellent characters. of course, i love ron koertge every time. ...
  • Jennie
    Dec 20, 2007
    Inevitably older YA books date themselves with silly colloquialisms; otherwise this book is extremely amusing and touches on many issues of teenage life in an honest way. I appreciated the realism of Cara and Billy?s sexual relationship. Also Billy?s unease about Wes? sexuality a...
  • David
    May 07, 2008
    Excellent young adult read. Young adult needs to be old enough to read about sex and drugs, but the sex and drugs are handled in a realistic but beneficial manner - if you know what i mean. A 16 year old would enjoy the story and be better off for having read it. ...
  • Stephen
    Aug 23, 2011
    Charming coming of age story about a young guy who spends the summer in Arizona with his gay uncle and the denizens of a seedy run down race track where he's got a summer job. In many ways this is a typical story of the teen virgin and the summer he finally gets laid and still it's...
  • Sara
    May 21, 2008
    Don't be fooled by the stiff, slow opening chapter. The Arizona Kid speeds up and warms up quickly. I have to wonder if the opening style is calculated, because the main character's personality follows the style of the book. Beware as you read, because the book takes an honest, unexpec...
  • Nicole
    Aug 08, 2011
    I just really like Ron Koetge and I can?t for the life of you say why. I think it?s something to do with the fact that he is a straight man who write gay characters. And also maybe something to do with the way he doesn?t shy away from sex and he doesn?t try to make it all edgy ...
  • Sarah
    Apr 16, 2010
    I really liked this. The characters were great and the writing was simple and pure. I think Koertge is a fantastic author. I can see some of the controversy regarding this but I think there are much worse things out there. ...
  • Shawn Thrasher
    Oct 22, 2013
    Good read! ...
  • Joey Diamond
    Jan 03, 2013
    Argh, YA book that is teaching acceptance of gay uncles by showing kids that being a fag is all about trying desperately to not get AIDS. Nice one. I did enjoy all the talk of cowboy boots and denim shirts with snaps. And the teen sex, duh. ...
  • Debs
    Jan 17, 2013
    I feel as though Koertge couldn't really decide what story he wanted to tell/what issues he really wanted to address, and so he wrote an adequate novel that hop-scotched between a number of large ideas without really addressing any of them at length. There's nothing wrong with this, an...
  • Holly
    Aug 01, 2011
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  • Kristal Cooper
    Jun 26, 2014
    A coming-of-age story about a 16 year-old boy who's spending a summer away from home, working at a horse track in Tucson. Subjects appropriate for the age are discussed openly and often, including: body image, first love, losing your virginity, masturbation, homosexuality and AIDS, dri...
  • Emma
    Jan 16, 2011
    This book is one of my favorites and I recommend it to all. ...
  • Dina Schuldner
    Dec 31, 2011
    Excellent no-nonsense book about sexual health and first time encounters. ...
  • Jacqueline
    Nov 23, 2014
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  • Katlynn Whitaker
    Dec 06, 2012
    I had to read this book for my banned/challenged books project, and overall thought it wasn't a bad read. It wasn't life changing or amazing in any way, but it wasn't horrible either. I liked seeing Billy's transformation from the beginning to the end and the new experiences he encount...
  • Garth Mailman
    Oct 05, 2016
    Yet another coming of age story about 16-year-old Billy who has moved to Tuscon to spend the summer with his gay uncle who has arranged for him to have a job on a racetrack so he can figure out whether he has the aptitude to become a vet. Short and bright he comes with certain self-con...
  • Emily
    Sep 09, 2014
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  • Antonia Mandry
    Aug 25, 2018
    Gentle kind coming of age story. ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Jun 21, 2015
    This book was okay, but rather choppy and unoriginal for the most part, and the main character was incredibly annoying. ...
  • Adryana Castillo
    Jan 22, 2015
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  • Jacob C
    Jan 21, 2016
    ?The Arizona Kid? by Ron Koertge is about a boy, Billy a normal teenager. He wants to fit in with the wild west type atmosphere cowboy boots, tan and hat. While visiting his uncle Wes for the whole summer, without his parents. Billy gets a job at a horse race track where he meets ...
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    Feb 02, 2016
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    Mar 21, 2019
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  • 7rg3869
    Aug 29, 2011
    i dont think this book is interesting. I dont find it interesting because theres nothing fun it talks about. im not saying is bad but im not saing is really good . i tink is just not my type of book i would be interested on . But those who like cowboy things then i recommend this for y...