Spin Me Right Round
From lauded writer David Valdes, a sharp and funny YA novel that's Back to the Future with a twist, as a gay teen travels back to his parents' era to save a closeted classmate's life.
All Luis Gonzalez wants is to go to prom with his boyfriend, something his “progressive” school still doesn't allow. Not after what happened with Chaz Wilson. But that was ages ago, when Luis's parents were in high school; it would never happen today, right? He's determined to find a way to give his LGBTQ friends the respect they deserve (while also not risking his chance to be prom king, just saying…).
When a hit on the head knocks him back in time to 1985 and he meets the doomed young Chaz himself, Luis concocts a new plan-he's going to give this guy his first real kiss. Though it turns out a conservative school in the '80s isn't the safest place to be a gay kid. Especially with homophobes running the campus, including Gordo (aka Luis's estranged father). Luis is in over his head, trying not to make things worse-and hoping he makes it back to present day at all.
In a story that's fresh, intersectional, and wickedly funny, David Valdes introduces a big-mouthed, big-hearted queer character that readers won't soon forget.
Praise For Spin Me Right Round…
“Surprisingly fresh… [makes] a convincing, heartwarming argument.” —Library Journal on HOMO DOMESTICUS
“Sweet and funny, with a touch of sorrow, yet filled with hope and love.” —Publishers Weekly on HOMO DOMESTICUS
“[The author's] humorous, honest, and personal voice makes him a great tour guide and friend.” —Booklist on HOMO DOMESTICUS
“Touching, humorous.” —Shelf Awareness on HOMO DOMESTICUS
Bloomsbury YA, 9781547607105, 352pp.
Publication Date: November 2, 2021
About the Author
David Valdes is the author of the nonfiction books Homo Domesticus, The Rhinestone Sisterhood, and Today Show pick A Little Fruitcake, as well as a dozen produced plays. A former Boston Globe columnist and Huffington Post blogger whose posts have received over a million hits, he currently writes for Medium, and was recently featured in the New York Times's Modern Love column. He also teaches writing at Boston Conservatory and Tufts. David lives in the Boston area with his teen daughter.