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Publisher's Summary

“Poignant and important.” (Refinery29)

“A bright and sparkly celebration of love and self-acceptance.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Judy Blume meets RuPaul’s Drag Race in this funny, feel-good debut novel about a queer teen who navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance while discovering the magical world of drag.

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town. 

Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be - one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there. 

From debut author Tanya Boteju comes a poignant, laugh-out-loud tale of acceptance, self-expression, and the colorful worlds that await when we’re brave enough to look.

©2019 Tanya Boteju (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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it was a nice YA read. Some of it predictible but overall enjoyed it, never can go wrong with a drag queen.

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  • 10-21-19

Wholesome content

This was cute, the sort of LGBT content I crave. I love these characters! And their stories were all interesting. A well rounded, satisfying story of friendship, confidence and making it in the world.