Book Description

One small fandom convention. One teen beauty pageant.
One meet cute waiting to happen.

Up and coming fanfic author Kaylee Beaumont is internally screaming at the chance to finally meet her fandom friends in real life and spend a weekend at GreatCon. She also has a side quest for the weekend:

· Try out they/them pronouns to see how it feels
· Wear more masculine-presenting cosplay
· Kiss a girl for the first time

It’s…a lot, and Kay mostly wants to lie face down on the hotel floor. Especially when her hometown bully, Miss North Carolina, shows up in the very same hotel. But there’s this con-sponsored publishing contest, and the chance to meet her fandom idols…and then, there’s Teagan.

Pageant queen Teagan Miller (Miss Virginia) has her eye on the much-needed prize: the $25,000 scholarship awarded to the winner of the Miss Cosmic Teen USA pageant. She also has secrets:

· She loves the dresses but hates the tiaras
· She’s a giant nerd for everything GreatCon
· She’s gay af

If Teagan can just keep herself wrapped up tight for one more weekend, she can claim the scholarship and go off to college out and proud. If she’s caught, she could lose everything she’s worked for. If her rival, Miss North Carolina, has anything to do with it, that’s exactly how it’ll go down.

When Teagan and Kay bump into one another the first night, sparks fly. Their connection is intense—as is their shared enemy. If they’re spotted, the safe space of the con will be shattered, and all their secrets will follow them home. The risks are great…but could the reward of embracing their true selves be worth it?

A big-hearted, joyful romance and a love letter to all things geek, Remi K. England’s The One True Me and You is a *witness me* celebration of standing up for, and being, yourself.

My Review

This was such a sweet book. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like pageant girl Teagan and fanfic author Kay have anything in common. Of course, appearances can be deceiving, and the two teens bond over their shared fandom.

I loved that the overwhelming message of the book is being true yourself and that breaking the mold is encouraged. At the risk of using another cliché, this is truly a weekend of self-discovery for both protagonists, and they both find themselves redefining success and what it takes to get there.

The romance element is tender and there’s plenty of checking in to make sure boundaries aren’t crossed. Teagan has experience with dating girls, but Kay has always dated boys and this is their first experience dating a girl.

I loved the zaniness of Teagan having to sneak around without getting caught by the chaperones. The villain of the piece—Miss North Carolina—tries so hard to ruin things for both protagonists, and there are multiple times where it truly seems that her nastiness will prevail.

I would absolutely recommend The One True Me and You. I read most of this book in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down without finding out what was going to happen next. This book is full of joy, and its joy is infectious. I will absolutely be purchasing my own copy, and can’t wait to share it with my teens.

I received a digital ARC of this book from Wednesday Books/NetGalley

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