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One of my favorite parts of this book was when its teenage protagonist, Quique, turns to queer literature to find affirmation in his bisexuality, which is so relatable to myself and other young queer people on their journeys of self-love. I am delighted to add this book to my own growing collection of queer literature I found myself in, with its beautiful portrayals of friendships between queer people, challenges with mental health, making mistakes as you grow, and how sexuality intersects with race and religion.
Enrique "Quique" Luna has one goal this summer--get over his crush on Saleem Kanazi by pursuing his other romantic prospects. Nevermind that he's only out to his best friend, Fabiola. Nevermind that he has absolutely zero game. And definitely forget the fact that good and kind and, not to mention, beautiful Saleem is leaving LA for the summer to meet a girl his parents are trying to set him up with. Luckily, Quique's prospects are each intriguing in their own ways. There's stoner-jock Tyler Montana, who might be just as interested in Fabiola as he is in Quique; straitlaced senior-class president, Ziggy Jackson; and Manny Zuniga, who keeps looking at Quique like he's carne asada fresh off the grill. With all these choices, Quique is sure to forget about Saleem in no time. But as the summer heats up and his deep-seated fears and anxieties boil over, Quique soon realizes that getting over one guy by getting under a bunch of others may not have been the best laid plan and living his truth can come at a high cost.