Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Chance César is fabulously gay, but his gender identity—or, as he phrases it, “being stuck in the gray area between girl and boy”—remains confusing. Nonetheless, he struts his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug-in-all-the-right (wrong)-places orange tuxedo as the winner of this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon Festival. He rules supreme at the local Beans and Greens Farm’s annual fall celebration, serenaded by the enthusiastic catcalls of his BFF, Emily Benson.
Although he refuses to visually fade into the background of his rural New Hampshire town, Chance is socially invisible—except when being tormented by familiar bullies. But sparks fly when Chance, Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper (Jazz) Donahue, winner of the Pumpkin Carving King contest. Chance wants to be noticed and admired and romantically embraced by Jazz, in all of his neon-orange-haired glory.
And so at a sleepover, Chance and Emily conduct intense, late-night research, and find an online article: “Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love With You.” Along with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure, it becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.
But will this “no-fail” plan work? Can Chance and Jazz fall under the fickle spell of love?
This was quite the story. Chance refuses to hide who he is, no matter if others don’t like it. But being a teenager, he is always sure he knows what is best and that’s following his “plan”, even if it goes against what his instincts tell him.
Though we saw the story through Chance’s eyes I was able to see the stress and responsibilities that Jazz has on his shoulders, even if Chance missed every clear hint about it. Chance is quite self-absorbed as many teens are but his mind is a strange place. I really think Chance needs to quite steadfastness for Jazz in his life and when he stops trying to push and actually is himself, he gets an even bigger award. Young adult isn’t really the best genre for me, but this is one that had caught my eye before and I was excited to see it available again.
Cover art by Natasha Snow is great and I love all the color, just like Chance’s personality.
Sales Link: Nine Star Press
ebook, 43,300 words
Expected Publication: 2nd edition, August 27, 2018 by Nine Star Press
Edition Language: English