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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,378 ratings  ·  721 reviews
Raffy has a passion for bedazzling. Not just bedazzling, but sewing, stitching, draping, pattern making—for creation. He's always chosen his art over everything—and everyone—else and is determined to make his mark at this year's biggest cosplay competition. If he can wow there, it could lead to sponsorship, then art school, and finally earning real respect for his work. Th ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
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daph pink ♡
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
"Some kids do drugs. Some kids start fires. I embroider in the dead of night, for the attention of strangers."

Be Dazzled is adorable, soul warming , plain old fun, relatable, down to earth, a fun peak into a different world with right amount of geekiness.

Be dazzled alternates between two timeline , present where Raffy (a cosplay artist) and her friend May(a webcomic artist) are participating in a Cosplay contest, where he meet his ex boyfriend Luca who is also a participant with their common
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Kai Spellmeier
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites, queer
Be Dazzled is an outrageously gay romance novel with an exorbitant dash of humour that goes unprecedented in artistic thottery and wit. Ryan La Sala has created a utopia for the crafty, the geeky and those suffering through an unrequited crush on the supposedly straight soccer jock . A queer triumph.
Victoria Schwab
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a total delight.
Ryan La Sala
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
5 stars. I tried really hard and I think I did a good job.
Elle
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a big romance reader. I’ve been known to completely skip over the genre all-together, so I’m not totally sure why I was so hyped to read Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala. It might be because this book is YA contemporary, and if I’m going to do a romance, it’ll probably be that sub-genre. It also might be that I’m already a fan of Ryan (despite this being the only book of his I read whoops) after watching a couple of interviews he’s given & videos he’s posted. I went into this hopeful that some ...more
Alfredo (Fred)
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, favorites
Next in Fashion goes to Comic Con in this dazzling romance by Ryan La Sala!

Raffy is a master of cosplay. Luca is a talented soccer player. They start to get involved little by little and build a beautiful relationship. But that relationship ended. Now, a big cosplay event is coming up. and they will compete against each other.

This book was written by the FANTASTIC author of Reverie, Ryan La Sala. It will come out in January 2021, and I received an ARC by NetGalley. Here are a few reasons why you
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Larry H
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ryan La Sala's newest book, Be Dazzled , is an utterly adorable rom-com that looks at doing what you love and being with whom you love, no matter what anyone says. Plus sequins. Lots of sequins.

Raffy is a tremendously talented artist. But unlike his artist-turned-gallery-owner mother, he doesn’t view art as valuable only if it’s elitist. His talent lies in design—costume design, more specifically—and he’s found his sweet spot in designing costumes for cosplay conventions. This isn't something
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Dennis
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
One of the cutest romantic comedies that I've ever read. I alternated between the audiobook and a physical copy, and it was a nice distraction from the world of lockdowns and pandemics. Ryan La Sala's Be Dazzled differs greatly than his debut novel Reverie, but I urge you to read both. Ryan La Sala's stories create a world in which I hope we can emulate. ...more
rachel ☾
my new lockdown comfort show is next in fashion & this is making me watch to rewatch it for the tenth time

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Raffy (mc) gay & anxiety; Luca (li) bi.

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Sheena
I have never read La Sala before but this one is super cute! It brings you into the fun world of cosplay costume design and competitions that take place at a crossover between Comic Con and a drag race. We have our main character Raffy who is super passionate about this. His artist mom doesn’t support his passion for crafting and costume design and I really liked hearing about the strained relationship between him and his mom. I thought the romance was cute and fluffy too - a perfect escape. The ...more
Mónica BQ
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-ya-na
I'm having such a hard time trying to review this book.
I devoured it. Loved it with a passion. Felt all the feelings possible. So let that be clear.

But, Be Dazzled was way more serious than I was expecting. Raffy is a ball of stress and anxiety and emotions. His relationship with his mother repelent, but so real. The struggles of liking and befriending and loving a good guy, that is nonetheless not out; and thus becoming his secret was hurtful to read. The realness to friendships that aren't rea
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Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)
This story is dazzling! Dual timelines, two lovely boys, one out, one not, fast-paced, many witty and cute moments and serious ones in between. So, it won’t be a surprise that I loved Be dazzled!

I started reading and didn’t want to quit. This is a story you crave to read in one sitting and need to slow down at the same time because you want to enjoy it as long as you can.

Raffy is super energetic, almost hysterical sometimes, and always working to achieve his goals, getting anxious when he fe ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Be Dazzled is a funny and whimsical coming of age story that is unapologetically queer. Touted as Project Runway goes to Comic Con, I was a bit apprehensive as to what to expect with this story since my knowledge of both fashion and Comic Con is basic to say that least. That being said, no real knowledge of either is needed to enjoy this absolute gem of a story.

Raphael ‘Raffy’ Odom thrives on competitive cosplay. He even has his own streaming channel to give intimate insight into his costume bu
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Adri
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

CWs: Instances of parental neglect, explorations of mourning a break-up, mentions of being closeted and coming out (from a secondary character), descriptions of anxiety and anxiety attacks
"I used to think I always knew what came next. I used to think that my plans were as good as destiny, but that’s never been true. I’ve just always been determined, and lucky, and determined to be lucky. But you can’t design a future and expect it to just happen. Like art, you can only start with
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rafaella
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 I really enjoyed this, especially the way the author described certain things like kissing. It was magical. The chapters interchange between the present and the past. I normally don’t like going back in time because you’re usually left in a place where you want to see what’ll happen in the now, but I surprisingly enjoyed it in this case. I liked all the characters as they all had layers to them and found May’s argument with Raffy so real. My only criticism would be that I think that Luca’s m ...more
maryam |✿|
✨BE DAZZLED✨

You have no idea how happy I was when I was approved to read this. I have been dreaming of reading this book and heck did my fanatics come true. This book is a calling to all dweebs, nerds and artists with dreams. To those who feel neglected by their peers and loved ones. To those who are confident in their things they do and love, and will not stop to prove themselves. THIS was absolutely spectacular and I was in tears from the pure joy it gave me. It was wholesome, downright adorab
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Alaina
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Be Dazzled was all kinds of cute. I've never been to a Comic Con.. or even a Book con.. and after reading about this.. I feel like I'm missing out?!?! I don't know who I would dress up as but I mean.. you can go and look at people who dress up right? Lmao.. I don't know the rules of con's.

In it, you will meet Raffy and Luca. They were both really adorable and it wasn't hard at all to like them instantly. I just know that so
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Vicky Again
I will admit that I had a lot of difficulty getting into La Sala's debut, Reverie, but Be Dazzled drew me fast enough that it was impossible to escape its sway.

I'm 99% sure that something is Raffy himself. Raffy is just such a passionate protagonist who's an underdog you can't help but root for. We see him face so many obstacles--his mom's disapproval of cosplay, issues with his initial relationship with Luca, and his own fears. But through it all, you're rooting Raffy on and hoping he will be
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Tiash .
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Where The Henna Wars meets Only Mostly Devastated!


OMFG! What a pleasant reading experience it was. I finished reading it in one sitting, It's that addictive.

Raff and Luca are swoon worthy. Over the top whole cosplay thing made it interesting. Plot structure is also interesting . Two timeline was shown simultaneously telling us what happened, how happened and the aftermath of it at a same time which was very delicately executed.

But author at some points made cosplay and costume designing the
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 ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅
DNF

Be Dazzled is really witty and unique! However, the writing is a bit over to the top. At times, it tried too much to be funny. Nevertheless, I’m sure others will enjoy this one more than I did.
kate
4.5* This was an absolute freaking delight. A true breath of fresh air from start to finish. It made me smile, laugh and caused my heart to both squee and break on countless occasions. I loved being thrown into Raffy's world of cosplay and comic-con. His artistry came to life through Ryan La Sala's words in a way that truly transported me. Raffy's story, character and relationships were an utter joy to follow and I completely fell for him within a matter of pages. This book perfectly balanced hu ...more
Claudio Rodrigo
APRIL 6 2021 REVIEW: 4/5 stars

Thanks to Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for providing a copy of the advanced reader audiobook in exchange for an honest review!

Most of my points from my previous review remain the same though this time the book was consumed through audiobook, which was executed well enough. I unfortunately am decreasing my rating as I sort of fallen out of love for this book. It's definitely something I'd reccomend but it just reminded me of the protagonist's annoying self centered
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tappkalina
Mar 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt-read, 3-star
The only reason this won't get a 4 star is because it takes place in a really short period of time, and even though they were already together in the past, they got together too fast in my opinion. ...more
Zoe
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fresh, uplifting, and cute!

Be Dazzled is a heartwarming, amusing tale featuring the hesitant, closeted Luca and the creative, confident, Raffy as they discover through crafting, cosplay, and the highly competitive Controverse that the heart wants who the heart wants and that some things are definitely worth fighting for.

The writing is creative and light. The characters are talented, loyal, and supportive. And the plot using a back-and-forth, past-present style is a passionate, fascinating tale f
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RoRo
Sep 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Character Development: Luca just developed so much

Diversity: Yes! Yes! Yes!

Likes: Most of it! Except for a few parts! I loved May!

Dislikes: I felt like Luca was a little annoying and Raffy was a little underdeveloped

What mood should you read this book in?: Emotional, Romance, Exciting

Pace: Fast

Likable Characters?: May and Raffy

Characters or Plot?: Definitley Character, some plot though

Overall, I took off .5 stars because I felt that the focus should've been more on Raffy but it ended up
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Bethany
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Comic con, cosplay, queerness, and the rise and fall of a first love...you get it all in Be Dazzled! In a voice that is funny, sarcastic, and thoughtful we get this story of two boys falling in love: with each other, and with the joys of competitive cosplay.

Now: Raffy is getting ready to compete in the cosplay competition of his life and prove the worth of what he does to his snooty artiste of a mom. Nevermind that it's with his best friend instead of the boy who broke his heart....

Then: Raffy
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Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
"Measure twice, cut once, give up never!"

We could use a levity right about now and Be Dazzled let me disassociate from the real world for a few hours and launched me into a world I wish existed for everyone in terms of acceptance and being one's true self. YA doesn't get enough credit for amazing reads, imo. Contemporary YA is becoming one of my favorite genres to pick up. And I would absolutely recommend this beauty!

Raffy and Luca are just the cutest. I love the back and forth where we see how
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erin
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
i can't do it anymore. i cannot force myself to read another page. DNF @60 % ...more
Celia
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!! RTC
Lance
4.5 stars rounded up. Be Dazzled is not only a brilliant, geeky gay love story that I love with my entire heart, but a story that hits way too close to it as well. Full RTC.
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