Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication date: December 7, 2021
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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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, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.
On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?
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If you ever wanted to be boy-band/girl-group famous - because I sure did when I was a teen - this book will change your mind. The book focuses on the members of Saturday, a world-famous, fictional boy band (definitely clearly modeled on some real-life boy bands). In the end, the friendship, vulnerability, and connection of the members help them all grow into better people. You will worry. You will cheer. You will be ticked off at capitalist manipulators. You will grow to love these young men. It is ultimately a feel-good book with a thoughtful LGBT love story and narrative. Definitely recommended!
Authors' sites: https://www.sophiegonzalesbooks.com/