I’m so excited to be joining Turn the Page Tours in celebrating next week’s release of Boys I Know by Anna Gracia! This sex-positive, messy teens, debut book brings up tough topics while also tugging at your heartstrings and bringing you close to the characters and the decisions they make. If you haven’t already, make sure to pre-order this book before it releases onto shelves!
Boys I Know
by Anna Gracia
Releasing on July 26th, 2022
Published by PeachTree Teen
Young Adult Fiction–Contemporary, Romance
June Chu is the “just good enough” girl. Good enough to line the shelves with a slew of third-place trophies and steal secret kisses from her AP Bio partner, Rhys. But not good enough to meet literally any of her Taiwanese mother’s unrelenting expectations or to get Rhys to commit to anything beyond a well-timed joke.
While June’s mother insists she follow in her (perfect) sister’s footsteps and get a (full-ride) violin scholarship to Northwestern (to study pre-med), June doesn’t see the point in trying too hard if she’s destined to fall short anyway. Instead, she focuses her efforts on making her relationship with Rhys “official.” But after her methodically-planned, tipsily-executed scheme explodes on the level of a nuclear disaster, she flings herself into a new relationship with a guy who’s not allergic to the word “girlfriend.”
But as the line between sex and love blurs, and pressure to map out her entire future threatens to burst, June will have to decide on whose terms she’s going to live her life—even if it means fraying her relationship with her mother beyond repair.
TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING(S): Microaggressions, Sex on-page
“Aiya. You go to school all day looking like jì nǚ? Go change.”
I’d barely taken five steps into the kitchen before my mom called me a prostitute.
– Boys I Know, Anna Gracia
Anna grew up biracial in the Midwest, spending her formative years repeatedly answering the question “What are you?” Before finding her way as a young adult author, she was a CPA, a public school teacher, a tennis coach, and for one glorious summer, a waitress at a pie shop. She now lives on the West Coast, raising three kids and writing stories about girls navigating a world full of double standards.
Up for grabs is ONE (1) signed copy of Boys I Know by Anna Gracia. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and will run from July 17th to July 25th at 12 AM CST. To enter, click the button below!