In Dahlia Adler's Home Field Advantage, a sweet and funny f/f romance from the author of Cool for the Summer, a cheerleader and the school's newest quarterback are playing to win, but might lose their hearts in the process.
Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.
The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she's only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.
Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can't stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.
Dahlia Adler's Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what - or who - you truly want.
Bubbly cheerleader Amber McCloud falls for star quarterback Jaclyn "Jack" Walsh in Adler's (Cool for the Summer) winning queer take on the classic meet-cute. Sixteen-year-old white Amber only wants two things: to become captain of her cheer squad and to stay in the closet. Well on her way to accomplishing the first, she keeps any potential outing at bay by fake-dating gay, also-closeted classmate Miguel Santiago, who is Cuban American. Newcomer Jack, 16 and white, just wants to play football; Jack's excited about her appointment as Atherton High's newest quarterback, until the team realizes she's a girl and conspires to make her life miserable. As front-runner for cheer captain, Amber is expected to help her peers drive Jack out and uphold tradition in their small, South Florida school. But as Amber and Jack grow closer, Amber must decide if maintaining the status quo is worth giving up the opportunity to be her authentic self. Alternating between Amber and Jack's perspectives, this insightful and thought-provoking story astutely addresses the anti-queer attitude of the teens' community while empathically highlighting the painstaking efforts queer youth may make to "fit in" while denying their true selves. Ages 13 up. Agent: Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary.