Cover Crush: Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes
Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes is another stellar example of a beautifully illustrated cover, I am just feeling it! This is also one of those novels that our main character lives in the present and ends up experiencing what life was like in another decade, kind of like Back to the Future! I have no idea what this trope is called (other than light sci-fi), but I have been really into the books that are doing this thing! And in Spin Me Right Round, time-travel is especially interesting for a queer Latinx character going from the 2020’s to the 1980’s, is a very big time/cultural jump in how far the world has come along the lines of acceptance, but also is a bit harsh knowing queer POC still face a lot of intersectional discrimination to this day. But this one sounds funny and heartwarming, plus educational! Be sure to add this one to your TBR for the December 7th release!
Spin Me Right Roundby David Valdes
Published by: Bloomsbury YA
on December 7, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
From lauded writer David Valdes, a sharp and funny YA novel that's Back to the Future with a twist, as a gay teen travels back to his parents' era to save a closeted classmate's life.
All Luis Gonzalez wants is to go to prom with his boyfriend, something his “progressive” school still doesn't allow. Not after what happened with Chaz Wilson. But that was ages ago, when Luis's parents were in high school; it would never happen today, right? He's determined to find a way to give his LGBTQ friends the respect they deserve (while also not risking his chance to be prom king, just saying…).
When a hit on the head knocks him back in time to 1985 and he meets the doomed young Chaz himself, Luis concocts a new plan-he's going to give this guy his first real kiss. Though it turns out a conservative school in the '80s isn't the safest place to be a gay kid. Especially with homophobes running the campus, including Gordo (aka Luis's estranged father). Luis is in over his head, trying not to make things worse-and hoping he makes it back to present day at all.
In a story that's fresh, intersectional, and wickedly funny, David Valdes introduces a big-mouthed, big-hearted queer character that readers won't soon forget.