If This Gets Out is a queer boy band romcom that hits all the high notes

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich /

If you miss shipping Larry Stylinson, If This Gets Out may be the perfect book for you. Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich’s first co-authored book together follows the fictional boy band Saturday and two of its stars, Ruben and Zach.

Ruben is a perfectionist obsessed with musical theatre who wants nothing more than to live his truth openly with his fans and the rest of the world. Zach is a people pleaser who aspires to write the songs he’s forced to perform.

The two are best friends with brimming, deeper chemistry between them, but while Ruben is gay Zach is straight, until one confusing drunken night when the two share a heated kiss, leaving the band, their friendship, and their own identities in question.

As If This Gets Out unfolds, Ruben and Zach have to navigate the new dynamics of their relationship and what they want from each other and for themselves as well as for their careers within Saturday.

Readers will relate to Zach and Ruben’s pressure to perform and maintain a perfect public image, even if they aren’t members of a world-famous boy band. Additionally, the celebrity dynamics of If This Gets Out are genuinely fascinating while somehow relatable and empathetic.

The novel reads like your favorite pop album, swoony, fast-paced, and unforgettable. The friends-to-lovers romance is a slow burn, heartfelt, and thoughtful with many complicated questions about the intricacies of public coming out and forced closeting for celebrities.

If This Gets Out deals with many complex issues in a subtle and nuanced way, such as stage parents and the neglect of management in the face of addiction. Yet Gonzales and Dietrich never lose sight of creating a compelling and entertaining story, making for a heartfelt and entertaining read.

Fans of friends-to-lovers queer romances who like stories about boy bands, music, and the entertainment industry will appreciate If This Gets Out‘s fresh spin on one of the most beloved and enduring forms of music. You won’t want to miss it. Get your copy wherever books are sold today.

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