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If This Gets Out | Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich | Book Review

If This Gets Out brought back so many memories of jamming out to my 90s boy bands. That was such a time of innocence for me. It was also a time that I likely really didn’t fully understand what was going on within the bands or within the world. Honestly I think this nativity made me appreciate this story even more. I just wanted our two main characters to find their way through all the mess and find their happily ever after.

In If This Gets Out Ruben, Zach, Angel, and Jon are members of the popular boy band Saturday. They originally met at a summer music camp and have pretty much been at each others sides ever since. Jon’s father is a famous music producer and was quick to grab a hold of the boys when he saw their talent. Ever since then he has been trying to mold them into the “perfect” boy band without any flaws – presented in exactly the right way with their clothing and personalities. Now the band is going to tour Europe and the more time they spend together, the more things start becoming more complicated and start to completely unravel. It is an eye opening experience for all the characters but in particularly Ruben and Zach who find themselves falling in love.

I adored these characters. Absolutely adored. I was rooting for them from the very first unexpected kiss. Ruben has been openly gay within his core of band members and family but has not be allowed to come out to the public. According to the record company, hid imagine within the group was to be protected and that they would know when it was the “right” time for him to come out publicly. For Zach, the feelings that he is developing for Ruben are brand new. The idea of him being attracted to men had not really crossed his mind until he shares this moment with Ruben and it is magical. Coming to terms with his feelings was a bit of a journey for Zach because he is such a people pleaser and afraid of ruining things. There is alot of growth for both of these characters and I love watching them come to terms with themselves.

Along with the growth of Ruben and Zach, there is also growth for Angel and Jon. The more these four spend together, the more they realize exactly how much they have been molded by the record company. Ruben being unable to publicly come out. Zach being unable to declare his affection for Ruben publicly, Angel being instructed to dress and act a certain way, and Jon being promoted in a manner that he did not expect or want. This is honestly just on the surface level of complications going on with the group and them as individuals. And once this starts to crack so much else comes to the surface as well.

All of this was so well written. Even though it was written by two authors it honestly felt like one. Their writing styles blended and it felt like a team effort. I could tell the appreciation for boy bands that Sophie Gonzales and Cate Dietrich had and the way they want to open eyes to potential behind the scene scenarios that often are not thought about. Like I mentioned before I may have been more naive about this when I was young and I think that made me appreciate the story even more.

If This Gets Out is a really good representation of LGBTQA artists within the music industry and trying to be their authentic selves. I also found it to be a well done representation of the molding that the music industry does as a whole. It was heartbreaking but also heart warming and I know these characters will stick with me for a long time to come. In fact, I wouldn’t be against having a sequel to find out what happens next for Saturday and their music career.

Rating: 5 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


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