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illustrated by TEA
Friendship, masculinity, sex—Anthony Stevenson has a
lot of questions. Is it different for boys who like boys?
A poignant and frank story filled with meta-humor by
renowned author Patrick Ness.

Anthony “Ant” Stevenson isn’t sure when he stopped being

a virgin. Or even if he has. The rules aren’t always very clear
when it comes to boys who like boys. In fact, relationships
of all kinds feel complicated, even with Ant’s oldest friends.
There’s Charlie, who’s both virulently homophobic and in
a secret physical relationship with Ant. Then there’s drama
kid Jack, who may be gay and has become the target of
Charlie’s rage. And, of course, there’s big, beautiful Josh,
who wants Ant to ditch soccer, Charlie’s sport, and try out
for the rugby team instead. Ant’s story of loneliness and
intimacy, of unexpected support and heart-ripping betrayal,
is told forthrightly with tongue-in-cheek black-bar redactions
over the language that teenagers would actually use if, you
know, they weren’t in a story. Award-winning author Patrick
Ness explores teen sexuality, friendship, and romance with
a deft hand in this structurally daring, illustrated short novel.
MARCH 14, 2023
HC: 978-1-5362-2889-2
$18.99 ($24.99 CAN)
ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK PATRICK NESS is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling
Chaos Walking trilogy, which inspired a major motion picture. His
other novels include the Carnegie Medal winner A Monster Calls
(inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd), More Than This, Release,
photo by Helen Giles

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, and Burn. He has won numerous awards,
including two Carnegie Medals, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize,
the Book Trust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award.
PATRICK He also wrote the screenplay for the film version of A Monster Calls
NESS as well as the BBC’s Doctor Who spinoff Class. Patrick Ness lives in
Los Angeles.

TEA BENDIX is an award-winning illustrator, graphic designer, author,

and performer. She works across different media, including picture
books, nonfiction, apps, children’s radio, and drawings for TV. Tea
photo by Jakob Boserup

Bendix lives in Denmark.

more from PATRICK
“Patrick Ness is an insanely beautiful writer.”
—John Green

The Chaos Walking Trilogy

PB: 978-0-7636-7618-6 PB: 978-0-7636-7619-3

PB: 978-0-7636-7617-9

“A gift from a generous storyteller

and a potent piece of art.”
—The New York Times Book Review

PB: 978-0-7636-6065-9

“Riveting, edge-of-your-reading-seat
stuff from beginning to end.”
PB: 978-0-7636-7620-9


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