JT feels like his life's hit a dead end. It looks like he'll always be stuck in Florida. His parents are anti-supportive. And his boyfriend, Seth, seems to be moving toward a bright future a long way from home.
Scholarship money is nonexistent. After-school work will only get JT so far. There's only one shot for him -- to become the next Miss Drag Teen in New York City.
The problem with that? Well, the only other time JT tried drag (at a school talent show), he was booed off the stage. And it's not exactly an easy drive from Florida to New York.
But JT isn't going to give up. He, Seth, and their friend Heather are going to drag race up north so JT can capture the crown, no matter how many feisty foes he has to face. Because when your future is on the line, you have to be in it to win it, one fraught and fabulous step at a time.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There are lots of great gay coming-of-age stories, but Drag Teen—the YA debut of Internet star Jeffery Self—is something new: the story of a drag queen coming out. We were immediately rooting for insecure teen JT, whose path out of his unfabulous Florida hometown will involve locating the drag confidence within. Self’s pop culture references are priceless: a small-town southern gay bar is named after a Designing Women character; a Florida hot dog stand offers a “Brittany Snow” coleslaw special. But it’s the timeless themes of empowerment and self-actualization that make this fantastic, funny novel a must-read.