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From Jason June, author of the breakout teen debut novel Jay’s Gay Agenda, comes Out of the Blue, a stand-alone dual POV queer rom-com that asks if love is enough to change everything you’ve grown up believing. Perfect for fans of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas and Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly.
Crest is not excited to be on their Journey: the month-long sojourn on land all teen merfolk must undergo. The rules are simple: Help a human within one moon cycle and return to Pacifica to become an Elder—or fail and remain stuck on land forever. Crest is eager to get their Journey over and done with. Humans are disgusting. They’ve polluted the planet so much that there’s a floating island of trash that’s literally the size of a country.
In Los Angeles with a human body and a new name, Crest meets Sean, a human lifeguard whose boyfriend has recently dumped him. Crest agrees to help Sean make his ex jealous and win him back. But as the two spend more time together, and Crest’s perspective on humans begins to change, they’ll soon be torn between two worlds. And fake dating just might lead to real feelings . . .
This sophomore novel from Jason June dives into the many definitions of the word home and shows how love can help us find the truest versions of ourselves.
Merperson Crest begrudgingly embarks on a rite of passage in June's (Jay's Gay Agenda) optimistic take on The Little Mermaid, a romance packed with subplots and classic rom-com tropes. Before merfolk can transition to adulthood, they have one month on land to help a human in need. If they succeed, they return to the ocean; if they fail, they stay on land forever. When Crest, now Ross, is transformed into a human and, confused and overwhelmed, washes up on a Santa Monica beach, they meet romance-obsessed lifeguard Sean. Luckily for Crest, Sean needs help winning back his former boyfriend, and the 16-year-olds, cued white, strike a deal: they'll make Sean's ex jealous by pretending to date. But as Sean introduces Crest to the beauty and magic of land society, Crest must reconcile their desire to return to the ocean and their growing love for Sean. Crest's misinterpretations of land culture are endearing, and frank discussions of infidelity, emotional manipulation, sex, and depression are handled with honesty and empathy. In alternating first-person narrations that strike an unhurried pace, June hilariously highlights the often messy realism of interpersonal relationships, and uses that realistic grounding to build toward a true-to-life rather than picture-perfect conclusion. Ages 14 up. Agent: Brent Taylor, Triada US.