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The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy

The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy

b. t. gottfred

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. Even Zee is starting to wonder. Could they be onto something?

Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously.

But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they've been told are strange. As they explore their own complex relationships to gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other. With his trademark frankness, B. T. Gottfred delves inside both characters' heads in this story about love and living authentically.


Listen, let’s start with a list.

1. Everyone at school thinks I’m a lesbian. I’m not. Wish I was (sometimes, maybe) but I’m not.

2. Everyone feels sorry for me because my mom’s dying. Don’t.


Praise for The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy

"In this big-hearted novel, Gottfred explores the fluidity of gender and sexuality . . . and the many nuances of attraction." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Nerdy and the Dirty:

"A truly beautiful story about passionately falling in love with another and learning to love and share your true self." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This is a love story that is genuine, explicit, passionate, and often adorable." —Booklist, starred review

"A hilarious and deeply honest look at high school love . . . Gottfred creates addictive, true-to-life voices for both characters." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Forever for a Year:

"Readers will need hearts of steel not to fall for this love story and its two storytellers." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A swoon-inducing and heartbreaking novel for most YA collections." —School Library Journal

"Gottfred is plainly a talent to watch. Both emotionally satisfying and sure to be much discussed." —Kirkus Reviews


Reviews from Goodreads

b. t. gottfred

B. T. Gottfred is a playwright and—ooh, look there, behind you . . . no, you're right, never mind—director. He is the author of Forever for a Year and The Nerdy and the Dirty.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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