- US Edition
The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers
A charming YA rom-com perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and What If It’s Us by Adam Sass.
Micah Summers runs a popular Instagram full of drawings of his numerous imaginary boyfriends (ninety-nine so far)—though he’s never had a real boyfriend before. But when a meet-cute with Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love—for real this time.
Will Boy 100 be the One?
Micah is rich, dreamy, and charming. As the “Prince of Chicago,”—the son of local celebrity sports radio host known as the King of Chicago—he has everything going for him. Unfortunately, he’s also the prince of imaginary meet-cutes, since he’s too nervous to actually ask boys out.
Instead, Micah draws each crush to share on Instagram with a post about their imaginary dates. Ninety-nine “boyfriends” later, his account is hugely popular, and everyone is eagerly awaiting Boy 100. So is Micah. He’s determined that Boy 100 will be different. This time, Micah will sweep the boy off his feet, for real!
So when Micah flirts with a hot boy on the L who’s wearing a vegan leather jacket and lugging a ton of library books, he is sure this is Boy 100. But right before he can make his move and ask for the boy’s number, the guy rushes off the train, leaving behind his pumpkin-embroidered jacket. The jacket holds clues to the boy’s identity, so Micah and his friends set off on a quest to return it. Along the way, Micah will discover that the best relationships aren’t fairy tales. In fact, the perfect fit—and true love—might be closer than he thinks.
Praise for The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers:
★ “This is a well-written, sweet YA romance . . . [that] also explores realistic expectations when it comes to relationships . . . Sass has undoubtedly joined the ranks of breakout queer YA romance authors . . . This is not one to miss.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
★ “Sass does a superb job of . . . injecting fairy tale elements into his captivating, highly readable story of . . . empathetic boys and their respective relationships. Swoons are in order.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Refreshingly, even when relationships get messy, no one is the villain, and the story pushes back against the idea that young queer people have limited chances of finding love…Self-reflective with satisfying depth.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[In this] wistful rom-com with a “Cinderella” twist…Sass capably portrays complicated teenage interpersonal dynamics through realistic dialogue, and fills this sincere romance with teen pining, madcap shenanigans, and earnest first love.” —Publishers Weekly
The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers is a collaboration project with Dovetail Fiction.
Since 1994, London- and New York City-based Working Partners has developed some of the most recognized series in children’s fiction, including Warriors, Beast Quest, and Bravelands—a roster of well over 100 published projects, consisting of around 1,400 books. Ten Working Partners series have sold more than a million copies; four have sold more than 10 million. Rights have sold in 40 languages.
Dovetail Fiction is the New York City-based YA arm of Working Partners. We create immersive, relevant, and addictive young adult fiction for readers worldwide.
At Dovetail, we love collaborating with authors who are as passionate about stories as we are, bringing together our experience and ideas with their unique voices and perspectives. Our projects are sweeping and thought-provoking, epic and personal, high-concept and full of heart. We are committed to showcasing a diversity of voices, introducing exciting new writers and worlds to YA fans around the globe.
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