Author: Sophie Gonzales, Cale Dietrich
Release: December 7, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Review: 5 Stars
Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartthrobs in front of the cameras and best friends backstage.
But privately, the pressure to stay in the closet has Ruben confiding in Zach.
On a whirlwind tour through Europe with an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, the two come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben realize they will never truly have the support they need.
How can they hold tight to each other when their whole world is coming apart?
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When I got approved for this book on Netgalley I almost screamed! I was so excited for this book, and that excitement was definitely warranted! I spent the whole day Monday reading this instead of doing some important things like homework. But how can writing an essay matter when I had such a great book to read!
If This Gets Out does a good job of balancing the fun and romantic aspects with the hard topics. Yes, the book is about Ruben and Zach falling in love, but it's also about the nastier side of Hollywood. It covers addiction, homophobia, and how management can control every aspect of an artist's life. Ruben, Zach, and the rest of the band have basically zero choices. Their outfits and actions are chosen to fit a certain archetype. If they step out of line, they are subtly punished. I don't want to accidentally spoil the book so many months out from release (I wrote this review back in July), so trust me when I say that the book is amazing.
This book isn't one thing. It displays problems that make you think, but it can also be fluffy and lovely. All in all, I really enjoyed it and it left me with a warm feeling when I finished. I'd compare it to books like Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston with how it mixes the hard with the soft. The characters just want to love and be loved while pursuing their dreams, but some people around them get in the way.
Sophie has been writing since the age of five, when her mother decided to help her type out one of the stories she had come up with in the bathtub. They ran into artistic differences when five-year-old Sophie insisted that everybody die in the end, while her mother wanted the characters to simply go out for a milkshake.
Since then, Sophie has been completing her novels without a transcriptionist.
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