MAY THE BEST MAN WIN (my debut, Spring 2021!)
Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and SGA president, lives the perfect charmed life. Yes, he’s just come out to the school as a transgender boy, and yes, he publicly dumped his boyfriend of three years this summer, but fear and loneliness are feelings for losers. Instead of moping or collapsing in a dysphoric heap, he’ll prove his masculinity to the school—and how better than challenging his ex-boyfriend in the election for Homecoming King?
Lukas Rivers, running back and head of the Homecoming Committee, knows his world is collapsing around him. His brother died this summer, his family is falling apart, and the girlfriend he thought would always stand beside him was actually the boy who ditched him in his lowest moments. Homecoming is the one thing he can control, and he won’t let Jeremy Harkiss get away with both breaking his heart and stealing his crown.
As the two boys fight for the school’s votes, the fallout of their campaigns—and their breakup—quickly turns toxic for their friends, family, and themselves. Even in their progressive suburb, Jeremy flamboyant campaign style draws bullies and Lukas’s struggle to control his chaotic life get him embroiled in a school-wide cheating scandal. As the dance grows nearer, and the consequences of their increasingly-wild stunts pile up, they find themselves dateless, in detention, and on the verge of getting the dance cancelled for good. But to save Homecoming, they’ll have to confront the vulnerabilities they’re both hiding—and the romantic feelings neither can deny.