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Pub Date 22 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2022
Page Street Publishing, Page Street Kids

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What’s worse? Someone using your face for catfishing or realizing you actually do have a crush on the catfished girl?

Harper “Band Geek” McKinley just wants to make it through her senior year of marching band—and her Republican father’s presidential campaign. That was a tall order to start, but everything was going well enough until someone made a fake gay dating profile posing as Harper. The real Harper can’t afford for anyone to find out about the Tinder profile for three very important reasons:

1. Her mom is the school dean and dating profiles for students are strictly forbidden.
2. Harper doesn't even know if she likes anyone like that—let alone if she likes other girls.
3. If this secret gets out, her father could lose the election, one she's not sure she even wants him to win.

But upon meeting Margot Blanchard, the drumline leader who swiped right, Harper thinks it might be worth the trouble to let Margot get to know the real her.

With her dad’s campaign on the line, Harper’s relationship with her family at stake, and no idea who made that fake dating profile, Harper has to decide what’s more important to her: living her truth or becoming the First Daughter of America.

What’s worse? Someone using your face for catfishing or realizing you actually do have a crush on the catfished girl?

Harper “Band Geek” McKinley just wants to make it through her senior year of...

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If you’re looking for a heart-warming young adult contemporary with amazing queer, ace and non-binary representation then look no further! This book was so comforting to me and I found myself really projecting onto these characters from the beginning.

The messiness and jealousy that encapsulate teenage years are definitely present in this book, but the ending was still very satisfying to me. Harper and Margot’s relationship made me so soft and I was sad when I finished reading the final page. I loved how much they cared for each other even when they didn’t know each other that well yet.

I’m honestly stuck between rating this a 4 or a 5, so I’m going with 4.5 for now. I think this is a book that I will want to reread in the future because it is really well done! I’m not sure that my review is doing this book justice, but just know that it is definitely a new favorite for me.

This is such an amazing debut novel & I can’t wait to pick up whatever Skye Quinlan writes next! Thank you for giving me a chance to read this before its publication!

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Loved this queer coming of age story from author Skye Quinlan!

I'm not musical at all, but I still really related to Harper's insecurities about her sexuality, and the pressure she felt from her parents.

I loved the friendship that blossomed to more between Harper and Margot! It was very sweet and romantic.

Harper had to face some really hard times, and I loved her interactions with her friends and family, and how she grew to speak out for what she wanted.

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