Blog tour: Straight Expectations

Welcome to the blog tour for Straight Expectations by Calum McSwiggan! 

More about the book…

Seventeen-year-old Max might be out and proud but he's usually too busy checking his nail polish to check his privilege.

So when he says he wishes he could have the 'easy' life straight kids enjoy, Max gets more than he bargained for. He wakes up to find his wish has come true - not only have his feelings for boys vanished, so has his lifelong best friend Dean.

With his world turned upside down and relationships in tatters, can Max find his way back to the life he took for granted, and maybe even win the heart of the guy he thought could never be his...?

More about the author…

Calum McSwiggan is an author, presenter and LGBTQ+ advocate. He's worked for Attitude magazine, written for the Metro, Gay Times and PinkNews, and was recently placed in the Guardian's list of the 50 most influential LGBTQ+ figures. Putting LGBTQ+ stories at the heart of everything he does, he's produced award-winning films that have been showcased at film festivals around the world, and racked up over 10 million views on his online videos.

My impressions…

Queer coming-of-age stories for young adults are not my go-to genre but the synopsis intrigued me so I thought I’d give this debut novel a try. I am so glad I did! I don’t think I’ve rooted so much for two people to get together since reading Heartstopper last year. This is not just a love story though. It’s a story about friendship first and foremost. It’s a story about identity and so much more than you would at first expect from what looks like a fun, light-hearted read. I loved it!

Three words to describe it. Funny. Heart-warming. Colourful.

Do I like the cover? Yes, it’s super cute.

Have I read any other books by the same author? Not yet.


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