Author: Mike Curato
Illustrator: Mike Curato
It’s the summer before freshman year, but Aiden Navarro isn’t excited. He worries that his middle school bullies — the ones who called him gay and pudgy and made fun of him for being half-Filipino — will be just as bad in high school. Aiden doesn’t think he’s gay, though. He can’t like boys because he hates them. They’re mean and scary. They’re always destroying things and hurting people. However, when he goes away to summer camp, Aiden soon finds himself reassessing his identity as he meets a boy named Elias that he can’t stop thinking about. Your young readers will be moved by this poignant graphic novel as Aiden embarks on a journey of self-discovery to feel comfortable in his own skin. Ages 12 and up. 368pp.