Category: Teen and Young Adult Fiction
Challenge: The intersectionality of race, sexuality, and gender identity within the frame of a simple love story.
Key Words: cisgender, newly-out, gay, transgender, coming-of-age
Created by: James Sie
Link: HarperCollins Publishers
Description: Two boys have been guarding their hearts, until their feelings for each other give them a reason to stand up to their fears. Starting over at a new high school, Jules is still figuring out what it means to be gay…and just how out he wants to be. Jack is reeling from a fall-out with his best friend…and isn’t ready to let anyone else in just yet. When they meet, the sparks are undeniable. But when a video linking Jack to a pair of popular trans vloggers is leaked to the school, the revelations thrust both boys into the spotlight they’d tried to avoid. Suddenly Jack and Jules must face a choice: to play it safe and stay under the radar, or claim their own space in the world—together.