Adib Khorram is the queer Iranian-American author of award-winning books for young readers. His novels for teens include Darius the Great is Not Okay, Darius the Great Deserves Better, and Kiss & Tell. Seven Special Somethings is his first picture book for younger readers.
11:00 a.m. to Noon
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Love in the Spotlight: Young Adult Romance, Part 1
with Kat Cho, Adib Khorram, Lyla Lee, and Bethany Mangle
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Kiss & Tell
"Kiss & Tell is a total rush! Perfectly sweet and swoon worthy. I loved every page!" – Julie Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’
A smart, sexy YA novel about a boy band star, his first breakup, his first rebound, and what it means to be queer in the public eye, from award-winning author Adib Khorram
Hunter never expected to be a boy band star, but, well, here he is. He and his band Kiss & Tell are on their first major tour of North America, playing arenas all over the United States and Canada (and getting covered by the gossipy press all over North America as well). Hunter is the only gay member of the band, and he just had a very painful breakup with his first boyfriend--leaked sexts, public heartbreak, and all--and now everyone expects him to play the perfect queer role model for teens.
But Hunter isn't really sure what being the perfect queer kid even means. Does it mean dressing up in whatever The Label tells him to wear for photo shoots and pretending never to have sex? (Unfortunately, yes.) Does it mean finding community among the queer kids at the meet-and-greets after K&T's shows? (Fortunately, yes.) Does it include a new relationship with Kaivan, the drummer for the band opening for K&T on tour? (He hopes so.) But when The Label finds out about Hunter and Kaivan, it spells trouble—for their relationship, for the perfect gay boy Hunter plays for the cameras, and, most importantly, for Hunter himself.
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