It’s release day of All Boy, Callie and Jayden’s love story. I’m publishing with an excellent new company, Lakewater Press.
It’s been a long road to the publication of this turbulent love story. First, I queried it to agents and had a lot of interest, but eventually I decided to go with a new publisher, as the owner had done some incredible editing work for me on The Princess of Baker Street. I hoped that she would examine All Boy with her sharp editor’s eyes and help make it into a story that expressed the depth of emotion Callie and Jayden experienced. A story that would draw the reader in and not let go until the last page. She, with the help of her assistant, did this.
We felt it necessary to postpone the original publishing date, as there was some major heat going on in my author’s world. And so here we are, today.
Contained in All Boy is one of the most difficult and painful scenes I have ever written in fiction. I won’t describe the scene (you will know when you read it), but it’s the scene that came to me one night in bed and compelled me to write All Boy.
All Boy is a work of upper YA LGBTQ fiction, heavy on the angst and romance. But it is also an eye-opening book, and in that sense it is important. The two main characters experience devastating fear and pain that can’t be fully resolved because as we all know, profound injury to the heart and soul never fully goes away. But the characters endure. They grow. They learn. They survive.
Warning: You may not like Callie, at least not at first. Her life experience have taught her to be self-protective to the point of insensitive. Jayden’s struggle will make you look at people and love in a new way.
I hope you read All Boy. It is not an easy, fun-filled, light story. But it is one you will remember. I promise.
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Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with the in-crowd is the difference between survival and becoming a target. Staying off the radar is top priority. So, falling for an outsider is the last thing on Callie’s “to-do” list. Too bad her heart didn’t get the memo.
With his strict, religious upbringing and former identity far away in Florida, Jayden Morrissey can finally be true to himself at Beaufort Hills Academy. But life as a trans man means keeping secrets, and keeping secrets means not getting too close to anyone. If he can just get through his fifth year unnoticed, maybe a future living as the person he was born to be is possible. Yet love is love, and when you fall hard enough, intentions crumble, plans detour, and secrets are revealed.
From multi-award-winning author Mia Kerick, comes a powerful, timely, and life-changing novel, which follows two teenagers nursing broken hearts and seeking acceptance, and who together realize running away isn’t always the answer.