If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzalez and Cale Dietrich

Happy Book Birthday!! 🎉
Q: Who is/was your favorite boy band?

Does Mumford and sons count? Jk I loved Joey and there’s just something about harmonizing that I love so I have enjoyed all of them.
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If This Gets Out
by Sophie Gonzales; Cale Dietrich
Pub Date: 12/7/21
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I love ya romance and I love boy bands!

The culture of boy bands and their rigorous schedules of training, rehearsals, interviews, shows, hotel rooms in city after city- sounds exhausting.

Being a celebrity sounds fun until you think about all the work they really do in the background. And especially the work to look the way they do, sure they have a team but they still have to do all the workouts and diet.

Each member of the pop boy band Sunday had met at camp and they get along well enough. Ruben who is gay but has to pretend to be straight. Zach who on tour in a close proximity sitch discovers hes bi. Angel the party animal and Jon the son of the head of the music company.  There’s more to them than those of course but those are their breaking points at this point in their life, tour, story. 

I love multiple POVs of Ruben and Zach. 

I personally would never mind if a member of a boy band was gay and I hate how that culture would try to hide it and then force narratives for all. I get personas but everyone needs a break. That time of life between teen and adult needs growth and time to explore. This career seems so restrictive to that necessary development. Especially seeing what happens to certain artists. It might be just me but I love a great love story. I don’t need a boy to crush on.

I think we as fans should fight for the artists and tell the record companies to give them autonomy and let them be artists. At least let their private life and their persona align.

Free Saturday! I just loved this book! 

Thank you wednesdaybooks and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

Synopsis:

Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich’s “If This Gets Out is an absolute showstopper! Equal parts edgy and adorable, this bright, joyful book has everything I look for in a queer YA romance.” —Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of Us

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 heartthrobs in front of the cameras and best friends backstage.

But privately, the pressure to stay in the closet has Ruben confiding in Zach.

On a whirlwind tour through Europe with an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, the two 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 realize they will never truly have the support they need.

How can they hold tight to each other when their whole world is coming apart?

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