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Publisher's Summary

Beckett Gaines, a gay teen living in South Carolina, has his world turned upside-down by a jock in this laugh-out-loud novel that’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets The Parent Trap.

Beck: The Golden Girls-loving, out-and-proud choir nerd growing up in the “ass-crack of the Bible belt.”

Jax: The Golden Boy, star quarterback with a slick veneer facing uncomfortable truths about himself and his past.

When Beck’s emotionally fragile dad starts dating the recently single (and supposedly lesbian) mom of former bully, Jaxon Parker, Beck is not having it. Jax isn’t happy about the situation either, holding out hope that his moms will reunite and restore the only stable home he’s ever known. Putting aside past differences, the boys plot to derail the budding romance between their parents at their conservative hometown’s first-ever Rainbow Prom. Hearts will be broken, new romance will bloom, but nothing will go down the way Beck and Jax have planned.

In his hilarious and provocative debut, Greg Howard examines the challenges of growing up different in a small southern town through the lens of colorful and unforgettable characters who stay with you long after the last drop of sweet tea.

©2018 Greg Howard. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Laugh outloud funny.

This is one of the funniest books I've ever litsened to and it was super relatable.

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This novel is frustrating

There is alot to like here. Firstly, the performances by Crouch and Damron are fantastic. The accents rarely feel forced and they're both talented readers and actors. In the novel itself, Howard has some really clever and pretty flourishes, but they're overshadowed by how much the main characters hate women and one of the big reveals that buys into the whole "the biggest homophobes are overcompensating, queer people are the architects of our own oppression" nonsense. And far be it from me to stick up for Christians but man, Howard really lays into them and they're 1D mustache twirling villains. The inclusion of incidentally Christian characters who are affirming and true scotsmen feels like even he realized he was being brutal. Altogether, I would say it's certainly a book I finished.

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A wonderfully whimsical gay high school romance!

I loved this audiobook so much! It’s the first audiobook I’ve listened to without first having read the book, and I can’t imagine having done it any other way.
It works brilliantly as audio, as the two voice actors works their magic and makes the listener believe what their telling. Granted, this is also impacted by the fact that I’m a 19 year old gay kid, so I identify really well with the characters based on that, but the two voices really are amazing!
Whether it’s the chapters narrated by sass queen Becket, or the chapters by jock king Jax, the listener is sure to fall in love!
The book is not a deep drama, but a fun and light listen, and that was exactly what I wanted. Gay romance dramas, like Call Me By Your Name, are amazing in their own way, but sometimes you just wanna settle in with a cozy comfort read/listen, and this is the perfect book for that!
Cannot recommend enough!!!

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This book made me laugh out loud in the best way

I wish this book would give me one more chapter. One more chapter where all the amazing side characters got their stories resolved too. We don't get that but it is ok, that is what imagination is for! I loved this book, the main characters are as amazing as the secondary ones. The dialogue is so funny and natural you feel you are right there. The narrators do a great job bringing it to life. I'm so happy I used one of my credits on this book. Totally worth it.

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Best of 2018... Hilarious with Southern Charm

I Literally just started this book. (chapter 3)
I felt compelled to write a PRE review.  Yes im THAT EXCITED... This is literally where I grew up. I swear, I think I wrote this book...
If you are from South Carolina, (Pee Dee or Coastal region particularly) Love the Golden Girls, and know the importance of the CAROLINA GAMECOCKS vs CLEMSON TIGERS GAME???
READ THIS!!!  Final review to come... 

F I N A L   R E V I E W 

Well well, the remainder of this story did not disappoint. If your a "Southern" Gay, you must have this on your bookshelf.  Truly it should be on the coffee table. The performance was OUTSTANDING, the writing was BRILLIANT, the story was as sweet as a glass of Tea under a Magnolia Tree.  

This book is a fantastic view into the life of the "Southern" Gay High School Boy.  You will leave with some additions to your tool chest of sassy reports.  I am completely biased because if I had been born about 20 years later, I would have been this main character.  All the way down to the actual streets he talks about.  However, you don't have to be born and raised in the PeeDee region of South Carolina to appreciate this story. (for me that was an added bonus!!)  

GENERAL SUMMARY (without the hometown influence making my view cloudy):

If you love a lighthearted tale of Gay Youth?  If you appreciate a subtle "Tyler Perry" moral value?  If you enjoy a book that will force you to smile and laugh in spite of yourself?  You will LOVE this Book.  

The fact that the entire book and almost every scene channels one of the four Golden Girl Characters is simply the whipped cream on this already fabulous Cheesecake.  ...and If you know that Blanche has to go to her bedroom to get the whipped cream anyway, You're already a fan!!

This is the Best Title Ive purchased this year!!


To Mr. Howard, 

BRAVO my friend.  What about a sequel?  Take Beckett and Jax to college.  I can easily see Beckett being a Clemson Cheerleader supporting Jax as he rises within the ranks of the team.  I do believe, those nearby Universities could use a little Diversity in the Upper SC Region.  I'm sure there's a tabernacle near Greenville that should be brought into the Light.  I would love to see Beckett reaching out to his new friend (that dowager he met in church) for some help showing the campus and community what a true Christian looks like. ( I just immediately felt like she was "Old Money.")  [snickering]  Again, BRAVO friend, BRAVO!!  



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Excellent

Excellent story, and at times laugh out loud funny. The narrator Beck’s character in particular had an understated approach with the character that was priceless. Really enjoyed this one.

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Enlightening

wonderful story told on a different point of view than i am used to.
Very enjoyable and enlightening💐

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  • Jeffrey
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Flawed Perfectly

Not everything about this uber-campy tale is perfect. Way too much drawled narrated drawn out first person cutsie sayings that get far too saccharine and over the top. A bit too much head-scratching narrated voices about the same character that seem contradictory and confusing. But other than that, the story is a celebration of diversity and put-down of the bad guys, the usual sort. I can't figure out the title still though, it's even trying to be too cutsie. Nonetheless the story is unique, funny, a few tears and a lot of chortles. I highly recommended it.

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Pretty damn good...

Oh, these two can write their respective faces off, it's obvious from page 1. Great comedic tenor...Worth a listen/read for sure. Sharp, disarmingly authentic, and flatout funny.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book right from the beginning. A Fun, heartfelt, and funny story with great performances by the two voice actors. Highly recommend.

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