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Stay Gold

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Debut author Tobly McSmith delivers a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy who’s going stealth at his new Texas high school and a cisgender girl who is drawn to him, even as she’s counting down the days until graduation. Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Becky Albertalli, and Jenny Han.

Pony just wants to fly under the radar during senior year. Tired from
ebook, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by HarperTeen (first published May 5th 2020)
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✨    jamieson   ✨
Thankyou to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book !

This is an ownvoices book about a trans mc falling for a girl at his school, and it looks so cute. Can't wait !!
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
oh man i have so many conflicting feelings about this book.

it was so nice to read a book about a trans dude. there really isn't enough representation out there, but, i gotta say, this was pretty much the boy version of If I Was Your Girl. plotwise it was so similar.

the first chapter from pony's pov was a lot of info dumping on what being transgender is for him, it felt a little stiff, but thankfully pony's pov became a lot more casual and i ended up really liking him. it was really cute
Oct 14, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

"Stay Gold" ? "Pony" ? THE OUTSIDERS, anyone? Hello????
Ben Ace
Why did no one tell me about this sooner??!?!!?!
Dec 01, 2019 marked it as anti-library
Shelves: arcs
A love story featuring an #ownvoices trans main character, yessss
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: rep-trans
2.5 stars

tws: transphobia (assault, bullying, deadnaming, slurs), lesbophobia

rep: trans mc

Sophie Elaina
So so so excited for this!!!

Thank you so much to Harper Collins for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Dec 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
- ownvoices transgender rep
- coming of age rom-com, compared to To All the Boys I've Loved Before
- alternate pov
- opposites attract trope

THIS debut novel will definitely be anticipated by me with all my heart!
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everybody get ready for this new YA release! An exploration of how we all withhold information and essential parts of ourselves to fit in and experience an uncomplicated existence. The characters were believable, relatable and fun to follow. Also my girlfriend was proud of me for reading something that didn’t leave me crying or having an existential crises for once ...more
|| Soph ||
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Shelves: lgbtq, sss, wishlist
did... did anyone say druck season three
rachel ☾
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Jan 04, 2020 added it
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This was a book with a trans main character, who is going to a new school and wants to keep his identity under wraps. He also develops a crush on a cheerleader and she feels the same connection he does. I practically pounced on this book when I heard about it. Honestly, I heard it had a trans main character and that's all I needed to want to read it, everything else was just a major bonus. Trigger warnings: transphobia, homophobia, transphobic attack, suicidal ideation, implied
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am going to totally steal the review of Riley Davis (Next Chapter Booksellers, St. Paul, MN) who says: "Stay Gold is the classic boy-meets-girl romantic comedy with characters that break the traditional tropes of a rom-com." Genius to have the reader rooting for Pony's success. And kudos to the author for really putting his money where his mouth is by creating the Stay Gold Fund.
Jan 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Tobly McSmith is the co-creator/writer of eight somewhat successful musical parodies, including Friends! The Musical Parody and The Office! The Musical Parody. Tobly was born in Texas. He now lives in New York City with his two cats, Bam-Bam and Bananas McSmith. Tobly is proud to be transgender.
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