If This Gets Out: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Gonzalez and Dietrich deliver the perfect combination of sweetness and angst with this queer boy band romance. After catapulting to fame as teens, the members of Saturday are starting to realize that international pop stardom is not all it's cracked up to be. Over the course of a whirlwind European tour, these four best friends are forced to reevaluate their relationships with their controlling management, their obsessive fans, and even one another -- especially when bandmates Ruben and Zach realize they are falling in love, and that if management has its way, the world will never know. I was rooting for all four boys to stick it to the industry that wants to put them into neatly labeled boxes, and to share their authentic selves with the public! If you've ever found yourself spending way too much time speculating about the personal lives of your favorite celebrities (and maybe even shipping them...) this one is for you.

— From Lucy

January/February 2022 Kids Indie Next List

“This absolutely blew me away. For boy band fans, for those who’ve memorized the lyrics to every Camp Rock song, or for anyone who knows how hard, complex, and beautiful it is to come out as queer whether you’re famous or not — this is our book.”
— Miriasha Borsykowsky, Phoenix Books Burlington, Burlington, VT



Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich's “If This Gets Out is an absolute showstopper! Equal parts edgy and adorable, this bright, joyful book has everything I look for in a queer YA romance.” —Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of Us

You’re in the most popular boy band in America…and all you want is the boy singing next to you.

Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartthrobs in front of the cameras and best friends backstage.

But privately, the pressure to stay in the closet has Ruben confiding in Zach.

On a whirlwind tour through Europe with an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, the two come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben realize they will never truly have the support they need.

How can they hold tight to each other when their whole world is coming apart?

About the Author

SOPHIE GONZALES is a YA contemporary author. She lives in Adelaide, Australia where she works within the field of mental health. When she isn’t writing, she can be found ice skating, performing in musical theatre, and practicing the piano. She is the author of The Law of Inertia, Only Mostly Devastated, and Perfect on Paper.

Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. His debut novel, The Love Interest, was named a 2018 Rainbow List Selection. He can be found on Twitter.

Praise For…

If This Gets Out is an absolute showstopper! Equal parts edgy and adorable, this bright, joyful book has everything I look for in a queer YA romance—Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich tell this story in perfect harmony.” —Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of Us and As Far as You’ll Take Me

If This Gets Out is the perfect book.... It deftly explores the dark side of fame [and] the giddy thrill of first—and forbidden—love.” —Mackenzi Lee, New York Times–bestselling author

"[A] sweet and swoon-worthy romance. Zach and Ruben are a pitch-perfect duet!" —Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving

"Dazzle[s]...with a narrative of queer boy-bandmates who wrestle with newfound fame, and newfound feelings for each other. Readers will fall in love." —Adam Sass, author of Surrender Your Sons

"If This Gets Out blends the ache and the beauty of coming out under the lights of celebrity with the ways in which queer love is told to stay hidden, even when it's the only thing keeping the music going." —L.C. Rosen, author of Camp and Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

If This Gets Out will suck you in from Page 1...[and] stick with you beyond the finale.” —Associated Press

“Fun, heartwarming, and a vital purchase for all collections serving teens.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“This unexpectedly poignant love story… subverts expectations in refreshing ways…. A lively novel with as much appeal as the band itself.” —Kirkus

"Dietrich and Gonzales keep the tension high and Ruben and Zach's voices distinct in this friends-to-lovers romance that shines with passion and verve." —Booklist

“Riveting...If This Gets Out is the perfect read for anyone who loves music, friends-to-lovers romances or ever secretly shipped members of a band!” —Nerd Daily

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250805805
ISBN-10: 1250805805
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: December 7th, 2021
Pages: 416
Language: English