If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
Publication date: 7 Dec 2021
This book is about a fictional boy band, and because of that fact, many readers would assume that this is a fluff piece, suitable for the fanatical teen girls who follow such musical acts in real life. But in truth this book, on top of being a sweet blend of friends-to-lovers and forbidden romance, tackles some very serious topics. Mental health, substance abuse, exploration of sexual identity, coerced closeting, exploitation in the entertainment industry, and toxic family members are some of the tough issues brought up in this book. We follow Ruben, Zach, Jon, and Angel as they seek to break out from the roles they’ve been forced into, and fight to become independent young men out from under the thumbs of parents and management companies.
And the authors wrap it all up in a story of emerging love that is so sweet and tender, and it shows that chosen family can often be more loving and supportive than biological family. The characters are beautifully written, and as readers we get to connect with them throughout the book. The dual POV narration works very well, with each of our two leads having their own distinct voice, most likely due to the flawless cowriting of Gonzales and Dietrich.
My only small complaint with this book was that it dragged just a tiny bit a couple of times, but that’s a minor quibble. I look forward to reading more books from these authors in the future.
Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.