I’ve read a decent amount of books about relationships between band members, but I have to say, If This Gets Out was a pretty fantastic one. I know for a fact that there are many One Direction fans who go to this school, and if you’re one of them, you’ll want to read this book. Even if you aren’t, stick around.
America’s hottest boy band sensation, called Saturday, is embarking on the European leg of their tour, and band member Ruben has one problem: he is undeniably in love with fellow band member Zach. As it turns out, Zach likes him back, and soon enough, they want to tell people, or at least come out as queer. Obviously, that’s easier said than done when you’re a member of a chart-topping boy band.
From the beginning, I was hooked. If This Gets Out is a book absolutely full of heart, packed with moments of joy, fear, sadness and probably all the other Inside Out emotions. I love how distinct Ruben and Zach’s voices are, which I’m sure is because the authors each wrote their own narrator (co-written books are my favorite kind of dual point-of-view book, and I say that as someone who’s written her own dual point-of-view book). But more than that, I love how Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich wrote a story that feels incredibly unique and authentic despite neither of them being famous singers or Americans.
This is a queer story that’s absolutely worth your time reading. It’s romantic without quite being a romance and thrilling despite not being a thriller. I read the book in one sitting in a single morning, which is an impressive feat considering it’s nearly 450 pages long. I’m going to be thinking about this one for a long time, and I can’t wait to get a physical copy for my shelf.
If This Comes Out will be released December 7 in the US and Canada by Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. I received an early copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Disclaimer: I’m also part of Cale and Sophie’s street team, so it is kind of my duty to promote this book, but rest assured I would love it regardless.