Off Balance by Jay Hogan

Off Balance

Painted Bay #1

Jay Hogan

358 pages first pub 2020 (editions)

fiction lgbtqia+ emotional funny hopeful medium-paced


When JUDAH MADDEN flees his tiny suffocating home town in New Zealand for the dream of international ballet stardom, he never intends coming back. Not to Painted Bay. Not to his family's struggling mussel farm. Not to his jerk of a brother. Not wi...

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Community Reviews Summary of 148 reviews


emotional 87%
hopeful 56%
funny 37%
lighthearted 37%
reflective 37%
inspiring 31%
adventurous 25%
sad 25%
informative 18%
relaxing 18%
tense 12%
challenging 6%


medium 81%
fast 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 83% | A mix: 8% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 75% | No: 16% | N/A: 8%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 81% | No: 18%

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