The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy (Hardcover)
Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. Even Zee is starting to wonder. Could they be onto something?
Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously.
But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they've been told are strange. As they explore their own complex relationships to gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other. With his trademark frankness, B. T. Gottfred delves inside both characters' heads in this story about love and living authentically.
About the Author
B. T. Gottfred is an author, playwright, and—ooh, look there, behind you . . . no, you're right, never mind—director. His first novel was Forever for a Year.
"In this big-hearted novel, Gottfred explores the fluidity of gender and sexuality . . . and the many nuances of attraction." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Nerdy and the Dirty:
"A truly beautiful story about passionately falling in love with another and learning to love and share your true self." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This is a love story that is genuine, explicit, passionate, and often adorable." —Booklist, starred review
"A hilarious and deeply honest look at high school love . . . Gottfred creates addictive, true-to-life voices for both characters." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Forever for a Year:
"Readers will need hearts of steel not to fall for this love story and its two storytellers." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A swoon-inducing and heartbreaking novel for most YA collections." —School Library Journal
"Gottfred is plainly a talent to watch. Both emotionally satisfying and sure to be much discussed." —Kirkus Reviews
Wow oh wow, this book is so special, and so lovely, and so dear. This book is a gift to the world. In Prince and the Dressmaker, we meet Prince Sebastian of Paris, who is working hard to uphold a good image for the kingdom with a lot of weight on his shoulders. And part of that weight is his biggest secret: at night, he dresses in stunning gowns and becomes Lady Crystallia, a Parisian icon of fashion and beauty! Not a soul knows Sebastian’s secret, until the palace’s new dressmaker Frances discovers his secret, and the two become best friends, working together to create more and more stunning dresses and looks for Lady Crystallia, until this secret begins to conflict with Frances’ dream of becoming a world-renowned dressmaker... This book is gorgeously drawn and fantastically written, a story of love, friendship, and most of all, being true to yourself. This book is an absolute fairytale!
(Graphic Novel, Ages 9+) - reviewed by Isabel