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May the Best Man Win
by Z.R. Ellor
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Releasing on May 18th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Contemporary, Romance
A trans boy enters a throw-down battle for the title of Homecoming King with the boy he dumped last summer in ZR Ellor’s contemporary YA debut.
Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, won’t let coming out as a transgender boy ruin his senior year. Instead of bowing to the bigots and outdated school administration, Jeremy decides to make some noise—and how better than by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend, Lukas for the title of Homecoming King?
Lukas Rivers, football star and head of the Homecoming Committee, is just trying to find order in his life after his older brother’s funeral and the loss long-term girlfriend—who turned out to be a boy. But when Jeremy threatens to break his heart and steal his crown, Lukas kick starts a plot to sabotage Jeremy’s campaign.
When both boys take their rivalry too far, the dance is on the verge of being canceled. To save Homecoming, they’ll have to face the hurt they’re both hiding—and the lingering butterflies they can’t deny.
REPRESENTATION: Trans*, Gay, Autistic, Queer
TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNINGS: homophobia, transphobia, sexual harassment, bullying, death of a family member.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and May the Best Man Win?
Hello! I’m the author of YA contemporary novel MAY THE BEST MAN WIN, which is about a trans boy challenging his ex for Homecoming King. I love reading, writing, and running/hiking.
Was there a specific part of this book that was harder to write than the others?
It was really challenging to write moments where characters were failed by the systems they relied on, especially when Jeremy’s school let him down and failed to protect him from transphobia. These moments were inspired from real life, and they were harder than others to write.
If you had to choose to be one of your characters during May the Best Man Win, who would you choose and why?
I don’t think I’d be any of them, honestly—they’re in a rough spot, and struggling so much with growing up and coming of age! Being a teenager is so hard, because you’re dealing with adult problems but you don’t have as much experience fixing them yet. I’m much happier being an adult.
What do you know now that you wish you would have known when starting to write your book?
One thing I really learned writing this book is the importance of having a good publishing community around you. My agent, editor, and publicity team were hugely supportive of this book and my vision. I really enjoyed working with them to bring the book to life.
With Covid-19 still being active and prevalent in our world, you’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities (like in-person events) that authors take part in during release week. If you could choose one place to have an in-person event at, where would it be and why?
I would have loved to do an event at any local indie bookstore—my area has so many wonderful stores and I’d love to be able to do a reading. I’d also really love to throw a launch party, but I can’t do that in-person.
Has there been a song that you couldn’t help but play on repeat while writing your book, and if so, what is it?
Yes! It’s a bit unorthodox, but one song on my playlist was ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ from the Shrek 2 soundtrack—and I think readers of the book will guess why!
Finally, what do you hope readers take away during and after reading May the Best Man Win?
What I want readers to take away is that we don’t always react perfectly, especially when our lives spin out of control, especially when we’re teenagers—but we still deserve love, community, and happiness. Jeremy and Lukas both take the first steps in this story to managing life’s ups and downs, and I’m glad they have each other to rely on.
Z. R. Ellor (he/him) is the author of MAY THE BEST MAN WIN and the forthcoming adult fantasy SILK FIRE (written as Zabé Ellor.) He holds a BA in English Lit and biology from Cornell University. When not writing, he can be found running, playing video games, and hunting the best brunch deals in Washington D.C.. Find him online at https://zrellorbooks.com/
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