Jeff & Will kick off this YA-focused episode talking about Heartstopper, the new series on Netflix that’s based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alice Oseman.
Some incredible middle grade and young adult books coming in May are previewed, including titles by Robby Weber, Tucker Shaw, Maya MacGregor, Emery Lee, Kevin Van Whye, Dean Atta, Kevin Christopher Snipes, Jason June, Phil Stamper, Brian D. Kennedy, and R. Eric Thomas.
The guys also review the recent YA they’ve read, including Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zaho, Golden Boys by Phil Stamper, And They Lived… by Steven Salvatore, and Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine and Hank Jones.
Jeff & Will kick off the show with an announcement: The Big Gay Fiction Fest is back for Pride Month. They’ve got all the details on the Fest’s line up and where to purchase tickets.
The guys discuss what they’ve been watching recently, including the movies Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Lost City, as well as the historical drama series The Gilded Age on HBO Max.
A dozen books coming in May are previewed, including titles by Michael Craft, H.L. Day, Timothy Janovsky, Charlie Novak, Beth Bolden, Kate Hawthorne, Annabelle Greene, J.R. Gray, S.C. Wynne, S.R. Lane, Matt Cain, and Frank Anthony Polito. Jeff also reviews The Long Game by Rachel Reid.
Jeff & Will discuss Kosoko Jackson’s I’m So (Not) Over You, the rom-com that features second chances and fake dating set over a wild wedding weekend. As always, in our book club chat there are spoilers ahead so keep that in mind if you haven’t read the book yet. Make sure you keep listening after our discussion for the first chapter from the audiobook, narrated by Timothy Bell Reese.
The guys continue their deep dive on Dante’s Cove as they discuss Season 2, Episode 2, “Playing With Fire.”
Jeff reviews the young adult thriller Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson. Jeff then interviews Kosoko about both Survive the Dome, and his rom-com I’m So (Not) Over You, which is also the Spring Big Gay Fiction Book Club selection.
Kosoko talks about his favorite rom-coms, why he decided to write one, and the ways the characters and story changed in the early drafts. He also shares the real life events that inspired Survive the Dome, and what it was like to work on two very different books at the same time. In addition, he discusses the representation of black and brown queer characters that he brings to his stories. Plus, Kosoko offers book recommendations and a glimpse of what he’s working on next.
Jeff & Will continue to shine the spotlight on the All American Boy series by talking briefly about the books in the series before they are also joined by series authors Shane K. Morton, Miski Harris, and Elle Keaton. Not only do they discuss their All American Boy books, they also talk to us about their other recent releases, along with what they’re working on next.