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May the Best Man Win
May the Best Man Win | ZR Ellor
10 posts | 10 read | 7 to read
A trans boy enters a throw-down battle for the title of Homecoming King with the boy he dumped last summer in ZR Ellor's contemporary YA debut. Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, wont let coming out as a transgender boy ruin his senior year. Instead of bowing to the bigots and outdate school administration, Jeremy decides to make some noiseand how better than by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend, Lukas for the title of Homecoming King? Lukas Rivers, football star and head of the Homecoming Committee, is just trying to find order in his life after his older brothers funeral and the loss long-term girlfriendwho turned out to be a boy. But when Jeremy threatens to break his heart and steal his crown, Lukas kick starts a plot to sabotage Jeremys campaign. When both boys take their rivalry too far, the dance is on the verge of being canceled. To save Homecoming, theyll have to face the hurt theyre both hidingand the lingering butterflies they cant deny.
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kera_11
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Jeremy is trans & running for homecoming king against his ex bf. Jeremy needs to win to prove his identity &Lucas, hiding his autism, needs to win to fill the void the death of his older brother &his ableist family has caused. they have to confront their past to save the dance when the competition goes too far. This was more angsty than I anticipated &could have been shorter, characters kinda suck as people but they‘re high schoolers so I get it

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dylanisreading
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Hi hello. 👋 It's been around six months since I've posted here. Took a little break, and a lot of life happened. I adopted some rat boys and came out as trans--hence the username change on here.

(I was shocked and greatly saddened to hear about Jenny. I'm sure she's sorely missed.)

Today I started listening to this while cleaning the rats' cage, and I did not expect it to be so relatable. I want more unlikable main characters in YA.

Catsandbooks Congrats on coming out! 🏳️‍⚧️💕 Also on your rat friends! 4mo
Jas16 Welcome back! (edited) 4mo
Megabooks Welcomed back and congratulations!! 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍⚧️ 4mo
BookBr Congratulations!! 🏳️‍⚧️ And rats are fantastic pets😊 4mo
CarolynM Great to have you back😀 4mo
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khooliha
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I haven't felt like reading YA much recently, partially because the discourse is exhausting (and I try to avoid it!) and partially because I feel pretty removed from these teens. Like, I mostly worry for them.
And these boys? They're a mess! I wish the world was better for them, but they wish that too. At least they have friends! Community -is- important.

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kathytrithardt
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I just started this audiobook, and am enjoying it so far.

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TaraTLK
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Oh, this book. So full disclosure, I attended a fancy pants school in Montgomery County, Maryland, so fictional fancy pants schools in the DC area are of particular interest to me. This book was about teens who are messy and conflicted and trying to achieve to prove they are okay. It was fun (homecoming court drama) and all the messy stuff of being in senior year when you have history (good, bad, and in between) with everyone.

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Sharanya
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I absolutely adored the characterization in this book — both MCs felt like 100% in-your-face, authentic teenage messes who sometimes can‘t look past their noses bc of their own feelings. That‘s not going to be everyone‘s cup of tea (don‘t read YA then?), but I thought it was beautifully done, with believable growth arcs. The plot itself was way less humorous & way more angsty than I was expecting, which slowed the pace. The ending dragged. ★★★☆☆.

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rachelsbrittain
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Exes compete for the title of Homecoming King in this adorable YA novel. These messy, messy selfish boys almost let the competition ruin their friendships, their lives, and even their growing feelings for each other after Jeremy broke up with Lucas on the day of his brother's funeral & announced his transition via email. Frustratingly selfish at times, but these two boys won me over by the end.

TW: transphobia, bullying, homophobia, sibling death

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Zoe-h
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Great book! Jeremy came out as transgender over the summer, but he‘s not going to let that stop his senior year. Lukas is Jeremy‘s ex-boyfriend. They are both running for Homecoming King, and both of them will do whatever it takes to win. I‘m not entirely sure who the author wanted us to root for, but I don‘t think I was rooting for the person I was supposed to. Still though, 5🌟

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Zoe-h
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I hate that this is true.

mavey Wish so bad the future is a lot better😓 1y
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GirlNamedJesse
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I really enjoyed this story. I loved the flirty back and forth between the main characters. But it isn‘t all rom-com, there are heavy topics throughout and some characters are absolutely appalling friends. It‘s messy and it works and ultimately it‘s hopeful. Also, I‘d like to request that all schools change the title to Homecoming Monarch immediately. 👑

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