A charming YA rom-com perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and What If It’s Us.
Micah Summers runs a popular Instagram full of drawings of his numerous imaginary boyfriends (ninety-nine so far)—though he's never had a real boyfriend before. But when a meet-cute with Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love—for real this time.
Will Boy 100 be the One?
Micah is rich, dreamy, and charming. As the “Prince of Chicago,”—the son of local celebrity sports radio host known as the King of Chicago—he has everything going for him. Unfortunately, he’s also the prince of imaginary meet-cutes, since he’s too nervous to actually ask boys out.
Instead, Micah draws each crush to share on Instagram with a post about their imaginary dates. Ninety-nine “boyfriends” later, his account is hugely popular, and everyone is eagerly awaiting Boy 100. So is Micah. He’s determined that Boy 100 will be different. This time, Micah will sweep the boy off his feet, for real!
So when Micah flirts with a hot boy on the L who’s wearing a vegan leather jacket and lugging a ton of library books, he is sure this is Boy 100. But right before he can make his move and ask for the boy’s number, the guy rushes off the train, leaving behind his pumpkin-embroidered jacket. The jacket holds clues to the boy’s identity, so Micah and his friends set off on a quest to return it. Along the way, Micah will discover that the best relationships aren’t fairy tales. In fact, the perfect fit—and true love—might be closer than he thinks.
Seventeen-year-old white Micah Summers has always been too nervous to ask out any of his crushes in Sass's (Surrender Your Sons) wistful rom-com with a "Cinderella" twist. Instead, Micah runs an anonymous Instagram art account, Instaloves in Chicago, where he draws and posts fairy tale illustrations of every boy he's failed to ask out, accompanied by captions detailing their imagined first dates. Instaloves is both a secret outlet for Micah's creative passions and a pseudo-digital diary, until he runs into his own fairy tale prince on an L train. The meet-cute prompts him to enlist his friends Hannah, who is straight and Black, and Elliot, who is queer and white, and Instaloves' followers to help track down this missed connection following the clues in the pumpkin-embroidered jacket that the mystery boy left behind. But even after he's reunited with his prince, Micah struggles to balance his idealized interpretations of romance with the realities of cultivating and maintaining an actual relationship. Sass capably portrays complicated teenage interpersonal dynamics through realistic dialogue, and fills this sincere romance with teen pining, madcap shenanigans, and earnest first love. French illustrator Pomel's b&w line spot illustrations, depicting various Instaloves posts, feature throughout. Ages 14–up. Agent: Eric Smith, P.S. Literary.
I literally couldn’t put it down. The characters are so well developed, that they feel like friends you’ve known all your life. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride, the highs, the lows. It’s an excellent journey of self discovery, a discovery of first loves, and true loves, and finally listening to your heart.