"One of the most adorable, big-hearted, charming books in existence." --Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaWhat If It's Us meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before in this upbeat and heartfelt boy-meets-boy romance that feels like a modern twist on a '90s rom-com!
Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new--the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it. He may be the king of Fairvale Academy, but he's never really dated before.
Until a boy asks him out, and everything
Kai Sheridan didn't expect Bryson to say yes. So when Bryson agrees to secretly go out with him, Kai is thrown for a loop. But as the days go by, he discovers there's more to Bryson beneath the surface, and dating him begins to feel less like an act and more like the real thing. Kai knows how the story of a gay boy liking someone straight ends. With his heart on the line, he's awkwardly trying to navigate senior year at school, at home, and in the closet, all while grappling with the fact that this "relationship" will last only five days. After all, Bryson Keller is popular, good-looking, and straight . . . right?
Drawing on his own experiences, Kevin van Whye delivers an uplifting and poignant coming-out love story inspired by classics like Venio Tachibana and Rihito Takarai's manga Seven Days: Monday-Sunday
and the '90s rom-com She's All That
. Readers will root for Kai and Bryson to share their hearts with the world--and with each other.
May 19, 2020
14 and up
Grade 9 & Up
Kevin van Whye
is a writer born and raised in South Africa, where his love for storytelling started at a young age. At four years old, he quit preschool because his teacher couldn't tell a story. Kevin's love affair with stories led him to film school to study script writing. Date Me, Bryson Keller
is his first novel. Kevin currently lives in Johannesburg, and when he's not reading, he's writing stories that give his characters the happy rom-com endings they deserve. Find him at kevinvanwhye.com and on Instagram.
"I can't tell you how much joy [Date Me, Bryson Keller
] brought me. One of the most adorable, big-hearted, charming
books in existence." —Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times
bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“[A] fantastic love story. . . . Uplifting.
"A poignant, cute queer love story that showers teens with support
and shows that the hate will never win as long as we stick together." —The Nerd Daily
featherlight romance.” —The Guardian
"A fun, feel-good story
that shows the importance of having a strong support system, that love is love, and that everyone deserves to love and be loved." —School Library Journal
"This #ownvoices debut is scrupulously romantic
. . . . A solid blend of swoon-worthy moments and minor injustices." —Kirkus Reviews
"[Kevin van Whye] writes a coming-out story with authority and empathy
. . . . The execution is appealing, and readers, too, will want to date Bryson." —Booklist
"Debut author van Whye uses the dare to set up a book filled with good-natured sweetness
." —Publishers Weekly
"A sweet romance
and exploration of the ways we can accidentally fall in love. Adorable and authentic." —L. C. Rosen, author of Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)