Boy plus boy. Two weeks in Johannesburg. A summer of music, adventure, self-discovery . . . and definitely not love. What could go wrong?
Nate needs a date to his cousin’s wedding. Jai is Nate’s best friend and secret crush. Could Jai be Nate’s plus-one—and only?
Nate Hargraves is a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. That’s why he dreams of being a songwriter instead of a singer. But things change the summer after junior year as Nate gets ready to fly to South Africa for his cousin’s lavish destination wedding. The trip is bound to be epic. Except—Nate just found out that his ex-boyfriend will be at the reception. Ugh. He does not want to face this one solo.
Jai Patel, Nate’s best friend (and secret crush), has his own problems. The lead singer of Jai’s band, Infinite Sorrow, quit weeks before a contest that promised to be their big break. But Nate rocks Jai’s world when he agrees to sing with the band. Even though Nate’s not one for the spotlight, he knows this is the kind of stuff you do for . . . friends. In return, Jai volunteers to be Nate’s travel buddy around South Africa, a buffer against his ex, and his plus-one at the wedding.
Maybe this summer will be epic after all. Now that Nate’s crush is on board, will love crash the party? Fall in love with this joyful, swoon-worthy rom-com by the author of Date Me, Bryson Keller.
Seventeen-year-old Nate Hargreaves has spent the past year getting over his secret former boyfriend Tommy Herron, whom he hasn't heard from since being ghosted. Nate's infatuation with Jai Patel, 17, his musically gifted best friend and the guitarist of the band Infinite Sorrow, has been a good distraction. Despite his stage fright, Nate even volunteers to be Infinite Sorrow's lead singer after a bandmate unexpectedly bails weeks before a potentially career-launching band competition. He's excited to attend his cousin's summer destination wedding in Johannesburg, until he learns that Tommy will be in attendance as a guest's plus-one. When Jai offers to escort Nate to the wedding, Nate is elated, but repeated run-ins with Tommy have him on edge. As his emotions become overwhelming, Nate turns to Jai and his supportive family to help him navigate heartbreak and a second chance at love. Though early chapters read as memoir-like, Whye (Date Me, Bryson Keller) uses an empathetic cast, upbeat narrative, and strikingly detailed locale to effectively convey whirlwind wanderlust in this exuberant summer love story. Nate and his mother are described as mixed-race; their South African family is Black and white; Jai is brown-skinned. Ages 14 up.
i absolutely LOVE “date me bryson keller” and this book is pretty similar, the author really draws from his own experiences and culture and i am all here for it😁 the only tiny complaint i have is that it ends kinda suddenly, and we don’t know if they ever win or if their relationship works out,or what happens with tommy. so i would very much have enjoyed an epilogue, but the book is still a great read