When the queer prom committee asks Charlie to join them, Charlie figures it'll be a good way to get closer to cute new guy Andre — and maybe even ask him to be his prom date! The only problem is that Charlie has competition for Andre's attention in rich, good-looking Chad, who Charlie can't stand.
Charlie and his pal Luis come up with a plan to get Andre's attention — to woo Andre as a secret admirer and then reveal Charlie's true identity with a spectacular promposal that Andre can't refuse. But when the promposal starts to go wrong, Charlie panics and says that he couldn't possibly be Andre's secret admirer, because he's been dating Luis!
Luis, however, is offended by Charlie using him as a decoy. Charlie begins to realize how much fun he's been having with Luis and thinks maybe he's been going after the wrong guy. He apologizes to Luis and asks him to be his prom date instead. Luis accepts.
Meanwhile, Andre has decided to accept Charlie's promposal. Now Charlie has two dates for prom! How will Charlie decide which guy to go with?
TONY CORREIA has worked as a waiter, bartender, bouncer, barista, receptionist, and recently, a technical writer for a software company. His newspaper column, Queen's Logic, ran in Xtra! West for five years. He is the author of the Lorimer Real Love novels Same Love and True to You. His memoir, Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe was published in 2012. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"This is a short and sweet take on a prom story that is full of awkwardness, but also softness".
With YA novels that discuss cisgender and transgender and fluid gender teens in short supply, Tony Correia's Real Love Books will fill a niche in many libraries.
Tony Correia offers LGBTQ teen readers access to a more sexually diverse range of characters that shifts from dominant heteronormative teen romance fiction.