Swipe Right for Murder

Swipe Right for Murder

On the run from the FBI.Targeted by a murderous cult.Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.Irritated texts from his best friend.Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he's not quite sure which takes top priority.Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year...

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Title:Swipe Right for Murder
Author:Derek Milman
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Swipe Right for Murder Reviews

  • Dennis

    Alright everyone who thinks I don't like young adult novels—

    is living proof that I do in fact stumble across a few over the years that I love. Derek Milman's upcoming YA adventure thriller is hands down my favorite YA novel of 2019. In fact, it may be the best YA novel that I've ever read.

    Seventeen year old Aidan has a hotel room in New York City, but he's enjoying the time spent there with his friend Jackson and Jackson's girlfriend Tatianna. All three are on the preci

    Alright everyone who thinks I don't like young adult novels—

    is living proof that I do in fact stumble across a few over the years that I love. Derek Milman's upcoming YA adventure thriller is hands down my favorite YA novel of 2019. In fact, it may be the best YA novel that I've ever read.

    Seventeen year old Aidan has a hotel room in New York City, but he's enjoying the time spent there with his friend Jackson and Jackson's girlfriend Tatianna. All three are on the precipice of high school graduation, where everyone (but Aidan) has a solid view on what they want to do afterwards. As Aidan settles into his hotel for the night, he logs onto his hook up app

    (Hi fictional Grindr!!!) and meets with an older gentlemen for a nightcap. After hooking up with this man, Aidan falls asleep in his room—but he wakes up to the hook up murdered. Shocked and afraid, Aidan finds out that this man was involved in a cyber-terrorist group in some manner, and flees before the police can apprehend him. Since Aidan's discovery of this murder thrusted him into the spotlight—both with the FBI and this terrorist organization—Aidan must make the right decision in order to survive.

    Listen, I can talk about

    for days! It's really

    . So please, slide into my DMs when you read this story so we can chat. This book is a fun adventure novel, but also has some clear messages that I think anyone who identifies in the LGBTQ+ community would appreciate. The book talks about justice for equality and civil rights; the way in which our country's societal

    has been swinging against our favor lately; and it

    touches on how it is to be gay in a modern-day society. Without providing any spoilers—as the story progressed, I identified with Aidan's moral dilemma on right and wrong. Aidan's moral compass struggled to justify his actions at times, and I completely resonated with that conflict he was inflicting upon himself. I can't and won't talk more about what I mean with that, but when you read this book,

    .

    As part of the YA formula, there is a romance story of some kind, but it's not over-the-top and honestly I kind of fell in love with this character too.

    The romance arc actually put the overall plot on a pedestal, and had me so much more interested in what exactly was going to happen to the book's characters. I became invested in their wellbeing, and having that interest peak for all the characters is a difficult feat for many authors to accomplish.

    The formula for

    is vastly original, and I really enjoyed being taken on this ride. I'm not sure if YA novels that stir towards LGBTQ+ inclusivity may actually trigger my interest more than ones that don't, but this book should be an important read for anyone who's struggling with acceptance within our community. Yes it talks about underage drinking, sex, drugs, and other adult themes, but honestly it was refreshing to see that the book never became a fantasy reality, and I think that aspect will be much appreciated by the reader. Get this book for your struggling LGBT child, get it for your best friend, get it for your parents—

    , because you won't be disappointed.

  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)

    4.5

    I loved Derek's firt novel, Scream All Night so I was very excited to read his latest YA thriller Swipe Right for Murder. It's described as a Hitchcockian mistaken identity caper which I thought was accurate. This book is such a good time, if you're looking for a fast-paced story that still manages to have heart and humor through it's sympathetic protagonist Aidan. I loved the pop culture in Scream All Night and I'm glad it was also present in this story.

    Aidan is using a gay hookup app while

    4.5

    I loved Derek's firt novel, Scream All Night so I was very excited to read his latest YA thriller Swipe Right for Murder. It's described as a Hitchcockian mistaken identity caper which I thought was accurate. This book is such a good time, if you're looking for a fast-paced story that still manages to have heart and humor through it's sympathetic protagonist Aidan. I loved the pop culture in Scream All Night and I'm glad it was also present in this story.

    Aidan is using a gay hookup app while staying at the Mandarin Hotel somehow lands in him in the middle of a deadly conspiracy that will have in the crosshairs of some dangerous people and running from the FBI. He has to prove his innocence and come to terms with some demons in his past.

    Definitely check it out if you like fast-paced thrillers where you don't know who you can trust. A lot of fun, and after having such rotten luck with thrillers this was good.

    Thank you to the author and Little Brown for sending me a copy

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Here's something you may not know about me: in addition to being a hardcore fan of

    and Nancy Drew, I have an undying affection for anything associated with Alfred Hitchcock. It could be traced back to a period of time in my youth that I associate with fond memories and a budding affini

    Here's something you may not know about me: in addition to being a hardcore fan of

    and Nancy Drew, I have an undying affection for anything associated with Alfred Hitchcock. It could be traced back to a period of time in my youth that I associate with fond memories and a budding affinity for murder mysteries. Back in the days when you would rent your movies from a physical store and were forced to learn the valuable lesson of delayed gratification, every Friday night was a Hitchcock marathon. While my mom would head out to pick up a pizza, my dad and I would shuffle to the local Blockbuster where he allowed me to pick out whatever movie I wanted to watch (within reason). For a period of 5 years, we recycled every single Hitchcock thriller that our store carried, my favorite being

    . All that to say,

    resonated deep within my nostalgia organ and took me to an exciting place of updated tradition.

    I'll admit, I know diddly squat about online dating; I met my husband because my best friend and his best friend were brother and sister. I salute everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality, who is currently wading through these murky waters, because you are a true hero. After flying through this novel, though, I feel like I have a slightly better grasp on how these apps work and the general process that goes into finding a match these days. This book is own voices for gay rep, which translates into a wonderfully genuine and authentic voice from our gay male protagonist, and while this is a thrilling, compulsive, and serious novel, it also manages to portray the author's sense of dry, witty humor.

    By the time we meet Aidan Jamison at 17 years old, he's already been given a grim diagnosis of a potentially short life due to a heart defect, but that's the least of his troubles to come. After a strange hookup via the dating app "Dirty Paws", our MC wakes up to find his partner dead and himself in a heap of trouble.

    Well, along the way, Aidan finds himself hunted by the FBI

    a terrifying cult (overachiever, right?). This book takes mistaken identity to an entirely new level, and it was an absolute pleasure to devour. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and that was likely due to the breakneck action being alternated with glimpses into Aidan's recent past, one that includes a situation with his brother and a separate side story involving an affair he had with his friend's father. 😱

    If you're looking for a YA thriller that is equal parts action, emotion, and humorous banter, look no further, friends. I really enjoyed Milman's debut novel last year, but

    just proves that he gets better with each story he writes. Highly recommended to fans of traditional murder mysteries, but are looking for an updated, timely, and current version.

  • Patty (IheartYA)

    I did not intend to read this book in a day and a half. It was an accident, I swear, and it was all the book's fault! I'm a big fan of Scream All Night so I had high hopes for Swipe Right for Murder and it surely did not disappoint. It's a wild ride full of mystery, thrills, self discovery, and action with a dash of romance and horror. Milman's passion, writing style and plot pacing are phenomenal. I'm extremely critical with books and I do not praise highly. It's very rare for a book to suck me

    I did not intend to read this book in a day and a half. It was an accident, I swear, and it was all the book's fault! I'm a big fan of Scream All Night so I had high hopes for Swipe Right for Murder and it surely did not disappoint. It's a wild ride full of mystery, thrills, self discovery, and action with a dash of romance and horror. Milman's passion, writing style and plot pacing are phenomenal. I'm extremely critical with books and I do not praise highly. It's very rare for a book to suck me in to the point that I forget everything else, as if the story is real. Everyone should read this bent, genre mashup. I think this story proves that I will read anything Milman's pen puts to paper!

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    Aiden Jamison thought his life was complicated before he stayed at the Manderian Oriental Hotel and decided to hook up with someone on an app called Dirty Paws. (I couldn’t quit thinking of Tramp from t

    Aiden Jamison thought his life was complicated before he stayed at the Manderian Oriental Hotel and decided to hook up with someone on an app called Dirty Paws. (I couldn’t quit thinking of Tramp from the Disney movie

    .) Aiden wakes up, after a bout of satisfying sex, next to a dead guy and a voice on the phone who thinks he is Mr. Preston.

    We all hate it when a hookup turns...deadly. Do you hide the body? Do you wipe down all the surfaces you touched and erase as best you can your presence from the room? Aiden doesn’t get that chance but finds himself on the run trying to make some kind of sense out of why this has happened.

    It is hard to believe, but the dead guy is going to be eclipsed by a series of much more dangerous encounters.

    Aiden doesn’t know it yet, but he is in a Roger Thornhill situation of mistaken identity, leading Aiden to being caught in a tug of war between a militant gay cult calling themselves The Swans and the FBI. Shifting circumstances make it difficult for him to tell the difference between the terrorists and the guys with badges. He finds out that a sinister FBI internet monitoring program called Digital Dust has targeted his darkest sides and determined that he is the perfect candidate for infiltrating The Swans. Through all this turmoil, he is still trying to deal with the death of his brother and the suicide of his first real romantic interest. For only being 17, he has managed to heap up a mound of emotional baggage that is more than his slender shoulders can carry.

    Besides getting a kick ass thrilling plot, you get a book loaded with cultural references that will put a smile on your face. There are allusions to or mentions of movies, gaming, books, and odd collectibles sprinkled throughout the text. Aiden has a thing for Ethan Hawke books which resonated with me because Hawke is probably my favorite actor and made me cringe that I’ve never read his novels. There is humor, witty remarks, and situations so ridiculous they could only be true. There is an epic search for romance as Aiden, even in the chaos of his terrifying misadventures, remains hopeful that he will find his soulmate.

    There are many reasons why this book is going to be a life line to a lot of young people out there struggling with their sexual identity. Despite a lack of any real world skills, Aiden manages to be a man of action who doesn’t let others make decisions for him or have too much influence over him. Derek Milman presents a very real view of what it is like to be out or closeted and the issues that people face being something other than normal in the United States of America. He also weaves in some of the history of the struggles of the gay movement by mentioning the Stonewall Inn Riots and the Lavender Scare. For those of you old enough to remember the ‘80s, you will feel that same gut shot that I did when he reminded me of one of the slogans from that period.

    Sick shit.

    Even as Milman reveals that ugliness and the brainwashing of hate that still exists and the suicides they inspire, I came away from his book thinking... we... can... fix... this. Aiden is the type of hero who will inspire many to insist that change is not only necessary, but imperative and not soon, but now.

    I challenged Derek to a tequila shot drinking contest. If I won, he had to answer a few questions for this review. Needless to say, my days at the University of Arizona when I drank more tequila than water paid off. I wasn’t looking forward to washing his car in a Spongebob Squarepants costume, *shudder*, which gave me all the motivation I needed.

    Jeffrey D. Keeten: We both are huge Alfred Hitchcock film fans so I love the way that you infuse Hitch into your novels. Share with us your favorite Hitchcock films and how they continue to influence your writing?

    Derek Milman: Well, as one film scholar said: Hitchcock re-programmed audiences for generations (Oren repeats this phrase in

    , a bit glibly, in regards to his cauliflower movie debacle) with

    , because he kills off the protagonist a quarter of the way into the movie. People were really shocked by that. I love how Hitchcock upended traditional narrative constructs. I've always been into artists who break all the rules, think differently, approach a story differently. That really affected me. Swipe Right for Murder is a traditional thriller in many respects, but it also unfolds as a character study, with Aidan stripping away layers of himself, confessing all his secrets, as the action unfolds. So there's an emotionality people may not be expecting given the genre.

    is so beautifully hyperreal. Roger Thornhill is in the Oak Room of the Plaza, and mere minutes later, he's been kidnapped to the middle of nowhere (it's actually Old Westbury, Long Island) with rolling fields, trees. It looks very open and rural. Then he's trying to steer a car away from the edge of a cliff with the ocean, and these bluffs below him, and I'm always like: how did he get to the Pacific Coast Highway? Wearing the same gray suit, only a short time later he seemingly winds up in the middle of

    thinking that poor guy waiting for the bus is Kaplan, and then the crop-dusters come. He spirals from one monumental location (United Nations) to another (Mount Rushmore) with wild and dangerous things happening at every turn. Meanwhile, the movie seamlessly crosses genres and tones from romantic comedy to mystery-suspense to action-adventure caper to government-conspiracy spy thriller and doesn't miss a beat. It's probably the most entertaining movie ever made, and it's take-no-prisoners approach to making all the elements work, its unexpected humor, and its romanticism have been a huge influence on me.

    The unnerving cat-and-mouse game of

    definitely inspired SWIPE. The quiet building of suspense and dread of

    also influenced me (another guy in the wrong place at the wrong time, fate plays its hand a lot in Hitchcock), the haunted, dying glamour and palpable mournfulness of

    , the psychological puzzle of

    , and the sheer risk-taking of

    , its insistence on never giving in to answering our questions, keeps it terrifying to this day. I also want to shout out

    for having the most sinister looking glass of milk of all time, the unapologetic use of a MacGuffin (sure, a sleeper cell of Nazis is filling wine bottles with uranium two years after the end of WWII, why not?) and an ambitious tracking shot that pretty much created modern day tracking shots ending up with that iconic anxious close-up of the key in Alicia's hand.

    JDK: A few years ago, I bought my wife a framed poster of Cary Grant sprinting across a corn field while being chased by an airplane. It is one of our favorite scenes in cinematic history. The slow realization that goes across Grant’s face is just wonderful.

    certainly ranks among Hitch’s great masterpieces.

    is about mistaken identity and certainly an ode to

    . I was expecting the bell boy to walk through the hotel calling “George Kaplan, George Kaplan?” at any second. You did work a bellboy into the plot, but with a much more sinister role than setting off a series of unfortunate events for Cary Grant. Share with us the plotting process you went through to blend the movie into the book.

    DM: It's a great freakin' scene! When

    was acquired, everyone wanted to know what else I was working on, and I just had this vague idea about a twist on

    , but with everything sort of upended, extremely timely, placed firmly in the digital age, and super queer. My agent loved it, and said: please write this book for me! Leonard, the psychopathic henchman in the film (played by Martin Landau,) is reportedly the first "openly homosexual character" portrayed on screen. It's so subtle because of production codes at the time, but I thought it would be fun to really subvert that whole concept. There is no subtlety to the LGBTQ elements in SWIPE.

    I knew I didn't want to do a strict re-telling of NxNW, but I wanted SWIPE to be more like a loose homage to it, to Hitchcock in general, and a lot of mistaken identity capers along those lines. Everything from

    to

    . But Hitch remained my muse, and I kept his movies playing on a sort of loop in the background of my life as I worked, and sketched out the plot, so the tenseness of the situations as the story unfolds, the ramping up of the stakes and the action, the rhythm of the dialogue, including awkwardly-timed quips and wisecracks, would be frothing on my brain as I worked. As well as locations! I wanted Hitchcock-like locations, so we have a hotel, a train, a visitor center, a strange and creepy villainous lair buried in the normcore suburbs, and an amusement park (to name a few). But everything's updated. Aidan takes Ubers, uses apps, runs through Bushwick warehouse parties, and hides out at a co-living start-up. The plotting went slowly, and deliberately, for me. It was really beat-by-beat. Once I had written one scene, I had to question seriously where Aidan might go next and what he would do. A lot of that came out of the psychological profile I was creating for his character. In NxNW, there isn't much backstory to Roger Thornhill. His two wives divorced him "because he led a dull life." Har har. Aidan is a broken kid with a deeply troubled past, and interestingly enough, it was that element of the book--Aidan's character--that really allowed the story to build around him and propel him forward into the action. Aidan guided the plot of the book, and I'm thankful to him for that.

    JDK: There is this early scene in the novel with Aiden Jamison sitting around the Mandarian Oriental Hotel with his gorgeous friends talking about inane, but entertaining, things, drinking overpriced tea, that could have been a scene from a Bret Easton Ellis novel. For me, it sort of set the tone for what I knew would be a self-absorbed (aren’t we all at 17?), trying to find themselves kind of novel. Throughout the novel, you drop all these cool cultural reference points, especially when you describe Leo’s crash pad. Every time I read an Ellis novel, I feel a bit more clued into what is cool. I definitely felt the same way about your novel. Am I seeing ghosts that aren’t really there or were you Ellising me?

    DM: Hahaha, I love that that's a verb! Or that you made it one. I will admit to liking the dark humor of Ellis (he can make me laugh in a way not many writers can), but it wasn't a conscious choice on my end to have a

    thing going on, but I can totally see where you get that. Every writer I've admired has probably influenced me, subliminally, in certain ways, so it might be more there than I realized. I wanted a classical sheen to the story; it seemed just perfect that it would start at the Mandarin Oriental, and these kids would be drinking tea in the sky and being snarky about random stuff, but I also wanted a Neo-noir tint to the book.

    I live in Brooklyn, and that vibe is alive, especially in the areas that remain industrial-hipster with re-purposed factories that glow in cool colors and have wildly up-to-the-minute things going on simultaneously. There's a multi-purpose performance space that contains a new location for the wildly popular Mission Chinese restaurant, from the Lower East Side. It's like a scene out of the

    sequel. I can't explain why there are giant TV screens showing actors slowly and silently eating the food you yourself are eating or why the bathrooms are made out to look like

    (it's

    at the LES location, complete with soundtrack)

    And so cinematic/literary. Ellis would have written about it. I took a lot of photos for the book. I did reconnaissance. I did the tea service at the Mandarin, I trounced through east Brooklyn at night and took photos, the urban art is extraordinary, so I got inspired by all the imagery. I read widely. I read an article about co-living start-ups, and was like: ah ha, Aidan would totally spend a night at one of these. Maybe it's classic Ellis, in a sense, getting a 21st century injection.

    JDK: Recently, I was attacked rather maliciously by an online troll, not unusual for me, but this one was different because the worst thing he could think to call me were a series of homosexual slurs, not particularly inventive ones, I’m afraid, and impune my education level. I was a bit taken aback by the vehemence of the hatred that was spurring these words. You offered me some great advice as to how to deal with these in the future which I really appreciated. I can only imagine the type of attacks you are seeing with the release of a novel that has a gay protagonist. I’m predicting that your novel is going to be a very important book to a lot of lost young people. Do you have any thoughts on what continues to inspire this level of homophobia? With social media so prevalent in our lives, it feels like we can never get away from the haters and dissenters.

    DM: Well, look, I mean SWIPE is about that in a sense, it is a theme in the story: what we've given up to get everything else. We have convenience and entertainment and any piece of information we need at the click of a mouse, but we've given up our privacy and, in some ways, our souls. Unless you aggressively filter (and I do, or try to), you are exposed to the cesspool that are these sites, these "social communities" with people constantly stirring the pot, or trying to make trouble in different ways. That's just humanity, and technology has curdled some of humanity's worst instincts, our worst natures, to foment some kind of perceived connection.

    There's so much anger and hatred and bile; people don't hold back because they're unseen or anonymous now (or think they are, anyway), sitting in front of a screen, and people aren't really people, they are their avatars, it's all ones and zeroes, so slowly (Kubrick would have loved this concept) there's an element of dehumanization going on, and we're all taking part for a profit of a few. With the current administration, what Hillary Clinton termed the "baskets of deplorables"--the racists and the homophobes and the misogynists--feel they have an edge now; they feel their fringe views and their hatred of "The Other" is backed by the U.S. government, and in a way it is, so they can really let loose now, and they do. They feel emboldened and protected. We are living in dark times. My dad, a retired lawyer, had a

    -ish secretary when I was a little kid; she was grandmotherly, she would give me gifts on my birthday, and if my dad had to work late, she would stay late with him, and when it got dark, she would rush into his office and draw all the curtains closed. "Let's shut out the night," she said, and that stayed with me, because we have to find our own ways to shut out this indefinite night for ourselves until it's a new dawn.

    JDK: I’ve recently read a book that touched on the Black Panthers and the CIA and FBI interactions in the 1960s. There were those in government that actually hoped the Black Panthers would become more militant so that they would have a chance to destroy them completely. The US government had a similar policy with the American Indians. All of that was on my mind when I read about the organization The Swans in

    . I don’t like being pessimistic and paranoid, but if The Swans really existed, wouldn’t that be the best thing that ever happened to those who would like to portray gay culture as dangerous?

    DM:It would, yes. If the Swans really existed, I doubt it would help Gay Rights, or the LGBTQ community, very much at all. Extremism and violence and killing is never the answer to anything, and it wouldn't be the answer here. I think Aidan makes that point to Scotty, I think the book makes that point, and I think Scotty and the Swans could have maybe gone a softer way, used their talents differently, but took a turn, into that darkness, and the Swans do what they do. Extremism only goes one way. I would never argue in favor of any kind of violence and extremism in favor of social change. We do need to rise up in different ways, like what the Women's March accomplished. We need to protest. But we have to do it constantly, passionately, and there can't be so much infighting. We can't be at war with ourselves. I'm not sure that could ever not happen, sadly. Even Larry Kramer was expelled from the Gay Men's Health Crisis, which he helped found, because he was considered too militant for the direction they were all heading in.

    JDK: As I was reading the book, I for some reason was expecting Dario Heyward from

    to show up like a famous Alfred Hitchcock cameo. Do you see any crossover of characters in the future, or do you intend to keep writing stand alone novels? This is also a great segue for you to tell us a little bit about what you are currently working on.

    DM: Ha, that's lovely. I've had that thought before, because Aidan could have easily settled in to watch

    on his iPad or something, and I've had this fun idea for a short story where all the young protagonists I've ever written meet twenty years later at a bar near Grand Central in NYC, accidentally, and they all hash out their wild, unusual childhoods for each other. But for some reason, my instincts have been to keep all the worlds separate and pure, with no crossover, as of now. Never say never, though, so who knows what more I'll write and where it will go! So far, it's been strictly standalone projects for me. That's just where both my creative energy and my career is taking me.

    I am working on a new YA, yes! It's a boarding school story. It's about a stormy gay love story set against a secret society at a fictional New England prep school. The secret society, however, is based on a very real one at an Ivy League school, and I have a rare insider track into it, so there's a lot of potential here, but also it's required some of the most intricate writing I've ever had to do. The project is kicking my ass and hasn't been sold yet, but I'm thrilled by the possibilities. That's always a good sign, right?

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    is utterly preposterous, possibly more prescient than I'd like to acknowledge, and immensely sensitive. It's an homage to classic films where the mostly innocent man finds himself caught in a web of suspicion and trouble, yet at the same time it reads more like a movie with someone like Shia LaBeouf.

    Seventeen-year-old Aidan is a high school senior, desperate to find someone to love. His parents have kept their emotional distance since he came out of the closet, allowing

    is utterly preposterous, possibly more prescient than I'd like to acknowledge, and immensely sensitive. It's an homage to classic films where the mostly innocent man finds himself caught in a web of suspicion and trouble, yet at the same time it reads more like a movie with someone like Shia LaBeouf.

    Seventeen-year-old Aidan is a high school senior, desperate to find someone to love. His parents have kept their emotional distance since he came out of the closet, allowing him to go to boarding school. He has good friends, yet he always feels that they treat him like a kid and don't take him seriously.

    With a free night at a posh hotel in New York City, Aidan does what any horny teenager might—looks for a hookup on a "dating" app. After a disastrous encounter with a closeted classmate, he finds an older man. And when Aidan wakes up in the man's hotel room in the middle of night, everything has gone awry—the man is dead, Aidan gets a mysterious phone call from a man addressing him as someone else, and he threatens Aidan and his family if he doesn't "give it" to him. But as menacing as the call is, the man also seems to know more about the issues that Aidan struggles with emotionally, and taps into his greatest regrets and fears.

    The phone call catapults Aidan into a severe case of mistaken identity, putting him on the run from the authorities (who may or may not be the good guys), his family, and a shadowy terrorist group with an interesting set of priorities. Along the way, he meets a handsome stranger whose loyalties are confusing, he struggles with his own fears and issues, and he has to tap into his inner action hero more than a time or two. Will he help save the day? Does he want to stop the terrorists from their mission—which at its core isn't wrong, even if their methods are?

    is full of twists and turns, double crosses, and lots of jarring action. But at the same time, there is a lot of raw emotion in this book, too, as Aidan is forced to confront some of his greatest anxieties, fears, and regrets. Many of the feelings Aidan has are familiar to those whom have come to terms with their sexuality and/or struggled with self-esteem and the desire to be loved. There are some tremendously powerful scenes interspersed with the craziness.

    "I hate this thing inside myself, this need to become attached to people, this brutal loneliness that drives me, drives all my mistakes."

    This book really reads like a movie, but it was very uneven for me. At times it was just so utterly ludicrous and complicated that I considered stopping but then there would be a powerfully poignant scene and I just kept on with it. I think if you can completely suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the ride, it may be a fun book for you. There's no disputing Derek Milman's ability to tell a good story; there was just far too much going on for me here.

    NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!

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  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Three point 4 so no chance to round it up to 4, full of action, fast reading, some parts are really enjoyable , facts about LGBTQ community and their struggles are so true and gave all my points for those stuffs but the rest of it a big NOPE stars!

    Have you ever watched Shia LaBeouf` s movie named “Eagle Eye`,( from those times Shia may have considered as normal human being and just signed for Transformers series.) His character Jerry Shaw’s and also his family’s lives were being threatened and

    Three point 4 so no chance to round it up to 4, full of action, fast reading, some parts are really enjoyable , facts about LGBTQ community and their struggles are so true and gave all my points for those stuffs but the rest of it a big NOPE stars!

    Have you ever watched Shia LaBeouf` s movie named “Eagle Eye`,( from those times Shia may have considered as normal human being and just signed for Transformers series.) His character Jerry Shaw’s and also his family’s lives were being threatened and serious of increasingly dangerous situations were only controlled by everyday life’s technology were tracking his every step he took.

    So if we put the equality, civil rights, realistic POV about the difficulties of being gay and adapt in modern life society, all the struggles, catch 22’s,complications ( which are so honestly and genuinely written) to the equation, we may reach a result like reading a book with full of actions, good sense of humor and bombardments of so many good social messages. But don’t get me wrong ! The social awareness part of the book definitely worked for me but action, humor, a young person’s ways to test his survival skills, all the conspiracy theory parts didn’t work for me.

    The social and political awareness parts may be better fit with a dramatic, emotional YA adult book. All Michael Bay-ish style chasing and running parts are a little extreme for me.

    But writing is really good, fast paced, gripping. I didn’t get bored or furious for wasting my time. It was entertaining, enjoyable page turner.

    There are twists, surprises, double-crosses that mess with your mind. Aidan’s story about longing for real, true love and intense connection broke my heart. I truly empathize with him. All the loneliness pushed him made his own mistakes and put him in dangerous positions.

    I also loved Jackson. He was just like a limelight of the book. At the darkest, depressing parts he appeared and brought back all the joy and fun.

    So as a summary, characterization, pacing, development and writing were capturing but mixing different genres on this book didn’t work for me! Still I’m curious to read more books of the writer!

  • Derek Milman

    Just saw the new cover. It's awesome! Will be revealed soon!

    This is my next book!

    It's a Hitchcockian LGBTQ YA thriller, out from Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson on...

    August 6, 2019!

    I should have ARCs by the end of the year (!!!)

    (not sure yet if this will be the final cover).

    It's been a dream come true working with the Jimmy Patterson team.

    I can't wait to share this spiky, dark, pulse-racing, funny book with all of you--

    I hope everyone is well.

    xo,

    Derek

    Hi! We have a

    Just saw the new cover. It's awesome! Will be revealed soon!

    This is my next book!

    It's a Hitchcockian LGBTQ YA thriller, out from Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson on...

    August 6, 2019!

    I should have ARCs by the end of the year (!!!)

    (not sure yet if this will be the final cover).

    It's been a dream come true working with the Jimmy Patterson team.

    I can't wait to share this spiky, dark, pulse-racing, funny book with all of you--

    I hope everyone is well.

    xo,

    Derek

    Hi! We have a cover! B&N Teen blog just revealed it, as well as a first chapter excerpt:

    I will have ARCs soon for all you brilliant, bookish, and indispensable bloggers/tubers/grammers. I just turned in my copy edits, and as such, I can't believe the process on this is already winding down. The book will be out August 6th. The Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson team have been absolutely amazing. I can't wait for you all to read it.

    Much Love,

    Derek

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  • Kai

    me reading this gay thriller about waking up next to your super hot and definitely dead hook-up from last night:

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