Boy Queen – George Lester

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Robin knew what he wanted in life and how to get it. He’s just auditioned for a top drama school, where he wants to work hard enough to end up on Broadway. However, when he doesn’t get accepted into his final school choice, he has to come up with a new plan.

On top of this, Robin has a secret boyfriend – Connor – who isn’t ready to come out despite how much they enjoy each other’s company in private. Not only that, but Connor is friends with a group who make life hard for Robin, and physically assaulted him the previous summer.

With what feels like limited options open to him, Robin throws himself into the world of drag after discovering a local club night. Soon, he discovers he might just have a talent for it. But will he lose friends and relationships along the way?

I honestly read this whole book within a day. It was written in a personable and open way which really helped the reader feel as though they knew Robin, who was really well-developed as a character. It was interesting to see the reasons behind his decision making; what prompted him to make the choices he did.

Robin had close relationships – with his mum as well as his friends – which were tested throughout the book. There were real challenges that Robin had to face with how to spend his time, keep friendships and whether his relationship would go the distance.

Greg was my favourite character. He really grounded Robin as well as showing a clear moral compass and compassion.

George has written a brilliant coming-of-age book which reflects modern society and how attitudes have, and still need to, shifted.

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Emily x

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