Justin has a plan: begin dating someone, enjoy his first kiss, and achieve popularity, including a seat at the Cool U lunch table. His crush is Chuck, ex-boyfriend of Becky, who has been forbidden by her father to date the football star (though they are still an item in secret). So Justin agrees to fake being Becky’s new beau in order to be close to Chuck, in spite of his best friend Spencer’s advice and in complete denial of Chuck’s obvious heterosexuality. “Dating” Becky gains Justin popularity, but is the facade worth the cost? Rudetsky has created a funny, insecure, and in some ways stereotypical gay young man, out of the closet but still not sure of who he is and what he wants. Readers will figure out the plan’s end long before Justin, but that won’t remove the appeal for those readers who identify with him. Grades 7-10. --Melissa Moore
About the Author
SETH RUDETSKY is the Broadway host, seven days a week, on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Miz,
He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts including Dreamgirls
with Audra MacDonald and Hair
with Jennifer Hudson. In 2007 he made his Broadway acting debut in The Ritz
and has also appeared on TV in Law And Order Criminal Intent.
As an author, he penned the books The Q Guide To Broadway,
now in it's third printing, and the recently published Broadway Nights
which was just released as an audio book on audible.com featuring Andrea Martin, Jonathan Groff and Kristin Chenoweth. He currently writes a weekly column on Playbill.com. Check out Seth's Sassy Blog at sethrudetsky.com.