- Series: Lorimer Real Love
- Imprint: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
- Publication Date: 4 April 2023
- Copyright Year: 2023
- ISBN: 9781459417205
- Page Count: 176
- Dimensions: 5.3" x 7.5"
- Interest ages: 13-18
- Reading level: Grade 3
Stuck with You
Two frenemies become lovers in this story of Queer joy and playful romance.
"…hilarious and an all-around enjoyable read... Highly recommended for hi-lo readers who loved Heartstopper."
— ★ starred review, School Library Journal
Stuck With You is a story of Queer joy and a playful teen romance, following two frenemies as they fall for each other while stuck in adjacent seats on a day-long train trip.
Ben is on a train back to Ottawa after a visit with his dad in Toronto when he runs into the last person he wanted to see: Caleb, the handsome, confident boy who recently and accidentally broke Ben’s phone. Preoccupied by worrying about whether he should take a gap year, Ben has little time for Caleb’s jibes.
But when the two start talking, not only does Ben find himself won over by Caleb’s roguish charm, but he also learns his seatmate is also bisexual..
Stuck With You discusses important issues facing teens as they contemplate their futures within the context of a light-hearted romance plot with witty dialogue and charming interplay, almost all taking place within the space of a single long train trip.
About the Author
‘NATHAN BURGOINE is the author of the queer young adult novel Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks (finalist for the Prix Aurora Award for YA Novel) and queer young adult novella Hope Echoes, included in the collection Three Left Turns to Nowhere. Beyond writing, 'Nathan has worked in a sheet metal factory, on queer outreach, and as a bookstore manager. ‘Nathan Burgoine, his husband, and their rescued husky live in Ottawa, Ontario.
…hilarious and an all-around enjoyable read... Highly recommended for hi-lo readers who loved Heartstopper.
"...two charming leads readers can’t help but root for... An adorable romance with strong coming-of-age elements."
Stuck With You, part of the “Real Love” series, is a well-written and believable narrative that addresses the many struggles people who identify as LGBTQ+ may face. Although most of the story takes place within the confines of two seats on a train, Burgoine does a solid job of using that singular setting to introduce more complex issues including gender fluidity, not knowing what to do after high school graduation, navigating changing friendships and relationships, and the difficulties of dealing with shared custody.
A believable portrayal of a politically active LGBTQ teen who has always identified as a lesbian. When Freyja finds herself attracted to a South Asian boy, she comes to a new identity for herself as bisexual.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 4Lexile Reading Level: HL500L
Secret Me is a coming-out story that reflects the lives of teens today. It’s a moving romance of authenticity and heart.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13+Reading level: Grade 5Nisha has always been a good Tamil daughter. Her parents want her to become a doctor or an engineer but what she really loves is writing and her classmate, Todd. Can love conquer obligation?$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 5Lexile Reading Level: 680L