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Jason June releases debut YA novel

CongAuthor photo of Jason June, standing against a bright pink backgroundratulations to Austin SCBWI member Jason June on the publication of his debut YA novel, Jay’s Gay Agenda! It launched on June 1st from HarperTeen, just in time for Pride Month.

The YA rom-com tells the story of Jay Collier, the only out gay kid at his high school in rural Washington, who makes a to-do list of romantic “firsts” without knowing how he’ll check off any of them—until he moves to Seattle forCover of "Jay's Gay Agenda," featuring two boys (one in a sweatshirt, one with chunky headphone around his neck) against a backdrop of a grassy park strewn with papers senior year.

Jay’s Gay Agenda is very loosely inspired by my high school years when I was the only out queer person and dreaming of the day when I’d finally meet another boy-who-likes-boys,” says Jason June. “While I didn’t keep lists like Jay, I did have a diary from before I came out detailing all my gay hopes and dreams, and I used the memory of that as the seed for Jay’s titular romance to-do list. It was so fulfilling turning those diary-writing days when I was scared and in the closet into a story of pure out and proud queer joy!”

The novel was a #1 new release on Amazon.com and has received wide acclaim.