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Be Dazzled

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  351 reviews
Who's ready to sparkle??

Project Runway goes to Comic Con in an epic queer love story about creativity, passion, and finding the courage to be your most authentic self.

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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
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daph pink ♡
"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
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, owned, favorites
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.
C.G. Drews
You know what this book is??? It is absolutely delightful. 🥺💛 I love when I read books at a perfect time for me personally, and the themes just really wrap my heart up in a warm hug. There's so much love of art and creating here, affirmation that no art is "silly", that being only focused on the competitive aspects can make you forget why you love this. I've been struggling with loving art for a while and then THIS BOOK comes with reams of glitter and cloth and a stressed, anxious cosplaying cra ...more
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
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
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
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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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
Marieke du Pré
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, young-adult
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
rafaella // blm
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
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
Maryam || a_typical_teen_reader

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
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
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
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
Claudio Rodrigo
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5/5 fucking stars

Thank you so so so so so so much to the publisher and Netgalley for providing this e-arc.

So, where should i start? I'm not the most precise reviewer with the most rigid format and flowery writing but i'll try to word out my love for it more precisely. I love it. The mix of Evie's elitism, the amount of detail when it comes to crafting and the relationship in its whole were just some of my favorite details about this book. And not to mention the love interest being slightly based
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
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Comic con, cosplay, queerness, and the rise and fall of a first 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
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3/5🌟: honestly, i was so excited for this one and the story was cute, but it was nothing new. the relationship was mediocre, at least there was some bi rep. the cosplay contest plot line has been popular for a while and thus was quite predictable. but if you're interested in cosplay and how costumes are made, you might enjoy this one more than i did. the thing that bothered me the most was that there were 4 characters, other than raffy and luca, who were of importance: while all of them were fem ...more
Jessica Haider
Be Dazzled is an LGBTQ+ YA romance set in the world of cosplay. Raffy has a well-known artist as a mom and has inherited some of her creativity. Raffy has a passion for creating cosplay and even has his own social media channel about it where he posts videos of him making the outfits. His mom doesn't think highly of cosplay though. Then Raffy meets Luca, a soccer player from his school who has a secret love of anime. The two hit it off and Raffy starts teaching Luca about cosplay and takes him t ...more
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
Rachel Kathryn Wright
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 ⭐️
This book was so adorable and heart warming I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants a cute contemporary romance with LGBTQ+ characters. One of the things I loved about this book is that while romance is the main part, there is a lot of importance on friendship and family especially with their moms. All the characters were enjoyable and easy to connect with. Raffy and Luca are great, and they felt so real. One of the things that I really liked about all of the relationships in
Tomes And Textiles
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Find the full review at TOMES AND TEXTILES.

Be Dazzled was a cross between a soft giggle and a warm embrace, an absolute delight overall. Drawing from Project Runway + comic con culture, you will fall in love with Raffy and his journey as a very talented and driven cosplay designer with a strong social media presence.

When he realizes his ex is competing against him in a major cosplay competition, Raffy must confront their history and reconcile their present. With themes of love, friendship, fam
Celia McMahon
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!! RTC
 Gabriele | QueerBookdom
DRC provided by Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Representation: gay protagonist, bi deuteragonist.

Content Warning: anxiety, biphobia.

Be Dazzled is Ryan La Sala’s dazzlingly cute sophomore novel, a contemporary queer love story between two boys set in the world of cosplay.

Raphael is a talented creator and crafter, and a cosplayer, an art expression his mother despises and belittles because of her ignorance and closed-mindedness. He sets his aim on Controverse’s an
Erin A. Craig
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
So so joyful!
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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