Friday, July 02, 2004

who is jonah black?

i recently had the pleasure of reading the 4 book young adult series by jonah black called "black book, diary of a teenage stud."

jonah black is a 17-year-old, forced to repeat his junior year of high school after he was expelled from boarding school. fantasy and the real world have a habit of mixing up in jonah's mind, as he can't separate reality from his fantasies.

jonah was expelled from boarding school due to an incident with another student, sophie. b/c he was expelled a day before he could take his german final, he was unable to complete his junior year, and so he was placed a year behind his peers when he returned to his hometown. the 4 book series focuses on jonah and his friends, as they prepare for the future.

so, if jonah black is the main character, and the author, why are the books shelved under young adult fiction? why aren't they a biography? just who is jonah black?

i decided to do some research online, as i wanted to know who this mysterious author was. i wanted to know if there were other books that i could read by "jonah black." alas, there are only 4 jonah black books. what a bummer, right? maybe, maybe not. one site i found revealed that jonah black is james finney boylan, the author of the book "getting in." i've never heard of this author, so i looked him up. lo, and behold, look at this: "... In Getting In, acclaimed novelist James Finney Boylan takes readers through a rollicking-and moving-rite of passage with four hopeful high-school seniors." sound familiar?

james finney boylan isn't the real author. it seems that, sometime in 2002, boylan had a sex change operation. it would seem that boylan had always recognized that he never really fit in and his books were a reflection of that anguish. after her surgery, CNN had this to say: "As author of three comic novels, including 'The Planets' and 'Getting In,' Boylan realized early on that she was in the midst of a remarkable story that straddled humor and tragedy as it detailed her metamorphosis to womanhood."

i believe that boylan is really jonah black. or that jonah black really is boylan. the details all add up and the writing style is similar.

most information was found here:

boylan's webpage:


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