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Sometimes bitter rivalries can brew something sweet. 


Theo Mori wants to escape. Leaving Vermont for college means getting away from working at his parents’ Asian American café and dealing with their archrivals’ hopeless son Gabi who’s lost the soccer team more games than Theo can count.

Gabi Moreno is miserably stuck in the closet. Forced to play soccer to hide his love for dance and iced out by Theo, the only openly gay guy at school, Gabi’s only reprieve is his parents’ Puerto Rican bakery and his plans to take over after graduation.  

But the town’s new fusion café changes everything. Between the Mori’s struggling shop and the Moreno’s plan to sell their bakery in the face of the competition, both boys find their dreams in jeopardy. Then Theo has an idea—sell photo-worthy food covertly at school to offset their losses. When he sprains his wrist and Gabi gets roped in to help, they realize they need to work together to save their parents’ shops but will the new feelings rising between them be enough to send their future plans up in smoke?

Available May 10th, 2022

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Illustration by Nero Hamaoui // Design by Erin Fitzsimmons

Content Warnings
Homophobia (internal/external), toxic masculinity, food, emotional abuse, mentions of cultural appropriation, coming out

Signed copies are available through Mysterious Galaxy Books & The Ripped Bodice. You can order a signed copy to register for the signing events below or have your copy shipped to you.

Tuesday May 10th 2022


Join us for hybrid launch event,

in person at Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego CA

& streamed online via Crowdcast

In conversation with Jonny Garza Villa

7pm PDT

Friday, May 13th 2022

Join us for an in-person launch event at the Ripped Bodice in Culver City, CA in a joint launch with Sonora Reyes, author of The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School.


Preorders of both books come with a free, limited-edition sticker!*

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