Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hoops by Kylie Gable

While Kylie Gable can always be counted on for a solid, entertaining, well-plotted tale of forced feminization and humiliation, I do think Hoops may be her best yet. It has a great set-up, a legitimate agenda for the feminization, some exquisite detail in the feminization itself, and some really unexpected plot developments along the way.

It all begins with two high school basketball stars. Jimmy and Savannah used to be good friends, both on and off the court, but he's allowed success to go to his head, alienating many of those around him. A hallway confrontation leads to a challenge on the court - one that she wins, despite being knocked down with a bloody nose. When Jimmy decides he's too good to follow through on the consequences of their bed, Savannah and her friends concoct a blackmail scheme to make him their sissy bitch for the summer (and his best friend Kenny their bitch).

Like I said, the feminization itself is exquisite in its detail, from shopping to dressing, to the look and feel of the clothing, to the challenge of acting and talking like a girl. Savannah and her friends take their scheme all the way, going so far as to establish a social media backstory for Jimmy's new persona. Making him and Kenny act like teenage lovers in public may seem a little cliched, but it creates some of the best moments in the story. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to sit in a theater and share a bucket of popcorn again without thinking about what might be in it . . . and on it!

What brings it all together is the fact that Kylie Gable takes us beyond that summer, and follows up on its real-world consequences. We see characters evolve, personalities change, and justice catch up with those who deserve it, all leading up to one of her happiest endings yet.

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