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?
It was such a lovely book. Really fun and charming. It was the first book I’d read from the author and it was a very nice first impression. I’m looking forward to read more of her books.
I was very skeptical for the first chapters. I was thinking I’d choose the wrong books because it took me a while to feel interested on the story and also because I really wasn’t liking the sense of humor that much. I did struggle with some things until the end, but that might be because YA isn’t really my favorite genre. I still enjoyed the book a lot because the characters were great.
I liked Chance, he was a little fun at times, a little annoying at others. One of the things I liked about him was the internal dialogue about how insecure he was. It was interesting to see how he could portray something so different than he was really feeling. Even though I liked that from him, the character I liked the most was Jazz, because he seem so genuine. He was really sweet and sometimes I felt so bad for him because of all the tactics Chance had and how confusing that could have been for him. He was lovely.
Overall, even with the issues I had, I had a wonderful time with this book. Considering I’m not much of a YA fan, I can only imagine how much more fun it would be for readers who love the genre.
*Book provided by NetGalley.