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Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, ...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published December 7th 2021 by Wednesday Books
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Sophie Gonzales We each created our own character separately before we began writing. Cale wrote Zach and I wrote Ruben! 🥰

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daph pink ♡
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer
Obviously I am not thinking about that obVioUSLy.
jessica
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
i can hear it now - the wild fangirling of every person who shipped each and every member of one direction. this book is totally for them.

im pretty sure this story isnt inspired by 1D (no references that i could find), but it isnt hard to make comparisons. honestly, being in a boyband (or anything in the entertainment industry) sounds like a nightmare, so it was very easy to sympathise with all four of the MCs. i enjoyed how they each discovered themselves, particularly zach, and fought to been
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;3
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, contemporary
what in the one direction fanfic—
Millie
Jan 14, 2021 marked it as to-read
I think I've seen this film before... ...more
RA
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a directioner, I have never wanted to read something this much. Obviously this book is purely fictional but it still reminds me of a certain ship lmao. can't wait!!! ...more
Jade Melody
no one can convince me that this isn't about what I think it is... ...more
Fanna
A famous newly-found boy band. Four young members discovering stardom. Two teens taking the spotlight. With the rising love from their fans and an international European tour announced, these band members can be everything except their absolute true self.

If This Gets Out is a young adult, queer contemporary romance between two members of a boy band.

Ruben, Spanish-American obsessed with musical theatre, must fit the image of a boy next door; Zach, a devoted son to his single mother, must be a l
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Alissa
Jul 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
HL... that’s all I’ve got to say
Erica (Reading Kitten)
Ehh, mixed feelings I guess. The pacing felt really off. Also, not really a fan of the boys? They seemed a bit underdeveloped almost. Like, I barely have an idea who Jon and Angel really are.
Meike
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What in the larr-
Reading_ Tamishly
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Blessed. Super blessed. This is how it feels like to be blessed in 2021!

The boyband Saturday reminds me of Shinee so much!

Also, Ruben and Zach reminds me so much of MinKey (Minho and Kibum). Damn, I am so invested!
Damn.

I am fangirling K-pop so hard these days that this book is like the perfect 2021 gift for me!

I thoroughly enjoy the writing. It's upbeat, it's mellow at times and it's quite engaging. The emotions and the feels! I am so happy I read this book!

The characters are vivid and lively.
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the eARC!

How do I even describe how it felt to read this book? When I first read the blurb of “If This Gets Out” I immediately wanted to read it, because it had all the tropes and topics I crave to read about in a book. A successful boy band that is playing the biggest venues, strong friendships, an LGBTQ+ representation, the best-friends-to-lovers trope with a forbidden love spin and a road-trip through Europe in form of the band’s tour. In short: Thi
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Alexis Hall
Source of book: NetGalley (thank you)
Relevant disclaimers: none
Please note: This review may not be reproduced or quoted, in whole or in part, without explicit consent from the author.

I’ve recently drifted back to YA fantasy more by accident than design, but I think it kind of helps that the focus on YA fantasy tends to be the fantasy, rather than the, uh, YA? As in the protagonists are usually dealing with, like, the end of the world or falling in love with a mass-murdering faery god which, for
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megs_bookrack ((is on vacation))
Oct 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars**

🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍

Ruben, Zach, Angel and Jon are all members of the American boy-band, Saturday.

This fabulous foursome is currently riding sky-high on the wings of their world-wide popularity, but their lives are not as carefree as they first appear.



The boys are fiercely controlled by their management company, pigeon-holing them into preordained personas that they are heavily pushed not to stray from.

Particularly struggling with this is Ruben, who is gay. He has been asking manag
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Calvin Books
Jan 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW. THIS HAD MY BUSSY THROBBING AT 2 AM IN THE MORNING. I think its safe to say that this is now my FAVORITE ROMANCE BOOK OF ALL TIME. I had so many BOOKGASMS while reading this novel I was practically squealing more than reading. Thank you Sophie and Cale for blessing me with this jaw droopingly sexy Lgbtq+ read. The struggles of coming out and coming to terms with your sexuality were so beautifully portrayed that I almost cried. I felt like was reliving my own experiences that I had a ...more
Hilly ♡
Oh my god, two members in a boy band falling in love THIS IS EVERYTHING
Shile (Hazard's Version) RL sucks on semi hiatus
Audiobook - 4 stars

Story - Eeeeee 2.5 stars


I guess this is a Larry fanfic. All I can say is that there is a lot of amazing Larry fics over at A03 and Youtube compilation that can make your heart melt. Yeah!! I know! I was once a shipper. 😭😭🙈🙈

Nothing really happens in this book. I was waiting for some magic but it never came.

Zach and Ruben were just there. By the end of the book, I didn't really know them. They had no distinct personalities. At some point I couldn't tell who was who, the POVs we
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theresa
Feb 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
If This Gets Out was exactly what I wanted it to be. The perfect blend of romance and exploring the pressures and issues faced by someone in the boys’ position: pressure from their label, hiding their identities and relationship, the stress of touring and a sudden rise to fame.

If you know anything about my taste in books you know that characters are my favourite part of a book but also what I’m most critical of. They have to be done right. They have to feel fleshed out and real. And I’m pleased
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Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)
For boy band fans. Or haters. For fans secretly hoping for a love story between two bandmates. Or just fans of queer love stories.

I loved Only Mostly Devastated. I didn’t know what to think of The Friend Scheme. Perfect on Paper was nice. And If This Gets Out? It’s so good! On the surface, the story feels like a light and fluffy read, following a boy band on their tour through Europe, where two band members fall in love with each other. It could be just an in-between. A sweet rom-com. A beach re
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Bryce Rocks My Socks
One Direction but if Harry and Louis were dating
Lauren Lanz
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
🎸 Full review posted! 🎸

Based on the synopsis, I expected If this Gets Out to be a boyband rom-com involving a secret relationship between members. What I never anticipated was for it to deliver such hard-hitting themes involving exploitation in the music industry. This was such a powerful story, and I have nothing but praise for it.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

As a member of the wildly popular boyband Saturday, Ruben has gotten used to his management team controlling every aspect of h
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I have pretty mixed thoughts on this one, if I'm being honest. As a die hard Directioner, I was DESPERATE to read this book, but when I finally got my hands on it, it didn't quite match up with what I was hoping it would be. While I *loved* the dynamic between all the boys and the (mostly?) realistic seeming portrayal of what it can be like behind the scenes to be in a hugely popular boyband, this book just felt way, WAY too long. Even though I was totally absorbed in the relationship between Ru ...more
Shaun Hutchinson
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
500 stars. This book is fucking AMAZING!
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: gay Spanish American mc, bi mc with an eating disorder, biracial Black character, Vietnamese character
tw: abusive parents, homophobia, drugs & alcohol use

ARC provided by the publisher.

If This Gets Out is one of those books that punches you right in the stomach, exactly where it hurts, but in the end it helps you get up. There’s so much hope in it, despite all the ugly real-life stuff the characters have to deal with. It’s a true roller-coaster of emotions, but it’s also very gentle.

If T
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mydarlingreads
THIS BOOK LITERALLY JUST SAID SECRET BOYBAND ROMANCES!!! THIS IS THE STUFF OF DREAMS AND FANFICTION!!! MY FANGIRL HEART IS BEATING SO QUICKLY!! I CAN’T WAIT!
Maartje
Feb 03, 2022 rated it liked it
Hi y'all! I AM BACK AND RECOVERED FROM MY MONTHS AND MONTHS LONG READING SLUMP! So naturally, I picked up my most anticipated book to cure me and I have a lot of thoughts... Not in the best way though. I was so excited for If This Gets Out but it kind of let me down. 3 stars for this story.

If This Gets Out is about a boyband called Saturday and more specifically about two of its members: Zach and Ruben. BEWARE SPOILERS! Zach is out to his friends and family and wants nothing else than to be out
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Arena♡
i am deceased i cant wait when is this coming out
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I GOT THE ARC BITCHES WOOHOOOOO
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okay so before i start this review, two words: boyband romcom

bought this book yet? bc you totally should.

soooo it took me a long time even after getting an arc for this one to start it which was totally stupid of me considering how much i loved Only Mostly Devastated and what an amazing book this was.

Ruben, Zach, Jon and Angel are members of a popular boyband, Satur
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booksandzoe
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rep: bisexual, gay, asian (side character)

TWs: homophobia, forced closeting, parental abuse/neglect, drug abuse

I REALLY liked this book! The plot summary is *very* reminiscent of Larry Stylinson, so I was a little bit hesitant going in that it was going to read like a creepy fan fiction, but the actual book isn't reminiscent of One Direction in the least.

This book is equal parts contemporary romance and thriller. As the four members of Saturday lose their freedom more and more to their fascist
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Alexx
Update: 8/16/2021: Finished this book at 3 AM in the morning and all I could think about is Ruben and Zach and Angel and Jon *cries*

This book was just incredible. Yes, I expected boyband romance, yes, I expected angst and pining. But damn, it still caught me off guard.

What Sophie and Cale has created here is a riveting story about the pressure towards young artists (esp queer, marginalized artists), young people being exploited and controlled by the industry, trying to figure out your sexuality
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Rashi Malik
Feb 04, 2022 rated it liked it


Sacrifices are supposed to be things like missing out on parties, and being away from your family for longer than you want to be. Not losing yourself.


I have absolutely zero knowledge about one direction. Obviously, I know who the members of the band were and I've listened to 2-3 songs of theirs on a friend's insistence. That's all I know about them.
But then I read the reviews of this book and gathered that apparently it has something to do with Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson (the author sa
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Sophie Gonzales writes young adult queer contemporary fiction with memorable characters, biting wit and endless heart.

She is the author of THE LAW OF INERTIA, ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED and PERFECT ON PAPER. IF THIS GETS (co-written with Cale Dietrich) is forthcoming in Fall 2021 from Wednesday Books / Macmillan.

When she isn’t writing, Sophie can be found ice skating, performing in musical theatre, a
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