TITLE: May the Best Man Win
AUTHOR: Z.R. Ellor
PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press
RELEASE DATE: May 18th, 2021
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance
May The Best Man Win comes out tomorrow! Starring two messy, horrible, adorable boys, MTBMW is a lovers-to -enemies-to -lovers starring Jeremy and Lukas, a pair of exes vying for prom king.
First off, you don’t need to get into an elite college to be successful, and as much as I love this book, I hate that stereotype. At a big, elite college, you’ll have less access to professors and huge 300 person classes. There are a few large classes at my school, but for the most part it’s class discussions and workshops. Maybe something is wrong from a funding standpoint when there’s less than 20 students per class, but it’s great for learning.
But enough of that tangent!
Jeremy is… Well, think of a hormonal, antsy teenage boy. That’s Jeremy. He makes stupid, terrible decisions that hurt his friends. And that’s part of why this book is so great.
We don’t get a lot of realistic teens in YA nowadays. The vast majority of YA protagonists I can think of are bland stand-ins for the reader. Real people aren’t like that. The characters in this book aren’t like that.
Lukas. I love you. I am captain of the Lukas protection squad. I wish he could be prouder of his autism, as I am proud of mine, but his way is valid. He also does some stupid stuff, but there was a situation with a teacher where he dealt with it in a dumb, but valid way. The AP Bio teacher was horrid, and should have been fired.
On top of that, the school in general had terrible policies. But again, what school doesn’t?
In short, if you’re looking for a book about messy teens and it’s queer, this is ya book.
Rep- Jeremy trans + on his first few weeks of HRT. While I could use some more details about the T process, ig I’m not going to get it until I actually go into the clinic and sign up for it.
Lukas autistic. He’s not very proud of it, but it’s normal to have different experiences with it. Although I did get ND vibes from both of them.
BTW, my vote goes to… Lukas! Obviously.
TW: queerphobia and bullying
About The Author
Z. R. Ellor (he/him) is the author of MAY THE BEST MAN WIN and the forthcoming adult fantasy SILK FIRE (written as Zabé Ellor.) He holds a BA in English Lit and biology from Cornell University. When not writing, he can be found running, playing video games, and hunting the best brunch deals in Washington D.C.. Find him online at https://zrellorbooks.com/
May I just say I am so excited for his next book Acting The Part, which doesn’t come out for a whole year. Yay. It’s “a YA contemporary about a nonbinary actor fake-dating their co-star to save their on-screen f/f pairing.”