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Boys of the Beast

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Author: Monica Zepeda

Three cousins. Four days. One car. This smart and fearless road-trip novel is perfect for fans of David Levithan, Benjamin Alire Saenz, or Meg Medina.

THE ROUTE. Seventeen hundred miles from Portland, Oregon, to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

THE BEAST.Grandma Lupe's 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe.

THE BOYS.Three strangers who also happen to be cousins:

Matt.Evangelical Christian. Earnest. Film nerd. Carrying a dream to make movies--despite the future his father has planned for him.

Ethan.Jewish. Gay. Sci-fi nerd. Carrying a phone that contains his entire relationship with Levi--unless they finally get to meet IRL on this trip.

Oscar.Stoner. Smartass. Too cool to be a nerd. Carrying a letter that haunts him--no matter how hard he tries to escape it.

THE END ...just might be a new beginning.

This powerful voyage in three voices marks the brilliant debut of Monica Zepeda.

Publisher: Tu Books
Published: 04/12/2022
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.40w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781643790954
Audience: Young Adult

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2021
Foreword 12/27/2021
Booklist 02/01/2022 pg. 51
School Library Journal 02/01/2022 pg. 86
Publishers Weekly 03/21/2022

About the Author

Monica Zepeda is a Southern California native who spent her teen years in the desert wilds of Joshua Tree. She moved to Los Angeles, London, and Arizona before settling down permanently in L.A. Along the way, she's worked as a bookseller, produced reality television shows, and written plays, feature films, and video games. Monica now serves as a teen librarian and lives near the beach with her husband and their unbelievably cute cats. You can find her on the web at monicazepeda.com, on Twitter at @MZWrites, and on Instagram at @MZWrites2.


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