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336 pages, Hardcover
First published May 19, 2020
“I promise we’ll talk more.” Our eyes lock. “Soon.”
“Okay,” I say as I climb from the Jeep. I watch as Bryson drives off. He stops in front of the neighbor’s house and reverses. Bryson rolls down the window and I bend to look into the car.
“To answer your question,” Bryson says. “Yes, I think I might be.”
Yazz sighs. “You know what trope I really hate is when the main character decides to give up on the person they love in the name of protecting them. That’s what you’re doing right now. You’re trying to protect Bryson, but you don’t realize you’re hurting him instead.”Same, girl. Same!
“But what does normal even mean? Who decided that? And why are gay teens still forced to keep secrets and live double lives?”
'And every gay kid has heard the stories and watched the movies. We’ve been told we aren’t normal for so long, been punished and ridiculed, that hiding who we are is second nature to us. Sometimes hiding is the difference between life and death. It’s why the closet still exists. It keeps us hidden and, more important, it keeps us safe.'
'My coming out might have been less than ideal, but even so, I know I’m one of the lucky ones.
I will survive this.'
Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new -- the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it. He may be the king of Fairvale Academy, but he's never really dated before. Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.
I’m expected to look a certain way or act a certain way or like certain things. It’s like there’s a list of things I’m meant to be, and if I’m not, then I’m not authentic enough.
“Me not having to wait for anyone. I’m so used to being late because of the girls I’m dating,”
"Let me?" With ease, he places the book in its rightful place. He pauses and whispers, "What's the point of having a tall boyfriend if you aren't going to use him?" The absurdity makes me smile.