A swoon-worthy, young adult rom-com collaboration about two boys in America’s biggest boy band who fall for each other while on their first sold-out European tour and are forced to keep their relationship a secret.
IF THIS GETS OUT
by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich
Wednesday Books/SMP, December 2021
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 heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet. On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach 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 start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?
Sophie Gonzales is the author of Only Mostly Devastated and the soon-to-be-published Perfect on Paper, both of which have received incredible review attention. In addition, Only Mostly Devastated was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard pick, an Indie Next selection for Spring 2020, and is now a nominee for the 2021 Southern Book Prize.
Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He lives in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of The Love Interest, which was named a 2018 ALA Rainbow List Selection, and The Friend Scheme, both of which were published by Macmillan’s Feiwel & Friends imprint.
Together, Sophie and Cale (both Australians) are well-connected, respected, and taste-making members of the queer YA community.