Edward Underhill’s first novel fully brings the queer joy without having to ignore reality. Miles is a newly out, trans gay 16 year old boy. His long term boyfriend broke up with him, but he’s determined to win him back. At the same time, Miles has begun training with a new piano teacher for the big competition where he always comes in second to his nemesis. Then a new boy, Eric, arrives at school. Eric is queer and asks Miles his pronouns right off the bat. And Miles is definitely interested.
Always the Almost by Edward Underhill, (List Price: $18.99, Wednesday Books, 9781250835208, February 2023)
Reviewed by Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser in Marietta, Georgia