Spotlight on Date Me, Bryson Keller (Kevin van Whye), Excerpt, Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to spotlight Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye.
Read on for more about Kevin and his book, an excerpt, plus an giveaway!
Meet Kevin van Whye!
Kevin van Whye is a writer born and raised in South Africa, where his love for storytelling started at a young age. At four years old, he quit preschool because his teacher couldn't tell a story. Kevin's love affair with stories led him to film school to study script writing. Date Me, Bryson Keller is his first novel. Kevin lives in Johannesburg, and when he's not reading, he's writing stories that give his characters the happy rom-com endings they deserve. Find him at kevinvanwhye.com [kevinvanwhye.com] and on Instagram.
Meet Date Me, Bryson Keller!
What If It's Us meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before in this upbeat and heartfelt boy-meets-boy romance that feels like a modern twist on a '90s rom-com!
Everyone knows about the dare: Each week, Bryson Keller must date someone new--the first person to ask him out on Monday morning. Few think Bryson can do it. He may be the king of Fairvale Academy, but he's never really dated before.
Until a boy asks him out, and everything changes.
Kai Sheridan didn't expect Bryson to say yes. So when Bryson agrees to secretly go out with him, Kai is thrown for a loop. But as the days go by, he discovers there's more to Bryson beneath the surface, and dating him begins to feel less like an act and more like the real thing. Kai knows how the story of a gay boy liking someone straight ends. With his heart on the line, he's awkwardly trying to navigate senior year at school, at home, and in the closet, all while grappling with the fact that this "relationship" will last only five days. After all, Bryson Keller is popular, good-looking, and straight . . . right?
Kevin van Whye delivers an uplifting and poignant coming-out love story that will have readers rooting for these two teens to share their hearts with the world--and with each other.
~ Excerpt ~
There isn’t anything I can do or say now. The one thing I wanted for my senior year is slipping away. I would have loved to write the school play for my final year at Fairvale Academy—a small way for me to leave my mark. It was important to me, and now it’s all over—all because of Bryson Keller and this stupid dare.
I head back to my seat. “Why were you late?” I ask. I want to tell him why I was. I want to tell Bryson Keller just how much he has messed up not only my day but my year. I’m angry and annoyed at him. Maybe it isn’t fair, but right now I don’t care.
“Family stuff.” Bryson’s expression is clouded and heavy, and it almost dulls my anger, but then his phone vibrates with a text. “Everyone’s wondering who I’m dating this week.” He smiles then, showing perfectly white teeth.
“Who is it?” I ask. I swear to God, if it’s Louise Keaton, I’ll lose it.
“No one yet. It’s nine-ten and I am still single,” he says. “This hasn’t happened in ages. I miss it.”
That all this has happened for no reason pisses me off, as does his nonchalant attitude. I am drunk on anger and disappointment. It gives me confidence that I would never have had before.
“No, you’re not,” I say.
Bryson turns to me again. “Huh?” he asks. His brow is furrowed. “What do you mean?”
“You’re not single.” I do it. I say the words that I never thought I ever would. “I’m asking you out. I’m first, so this week you’re dating me.”
Just then the bell rings, but Bryson and I stay seated. We’re staring at each other. With each passing heartbeat, my confidence and anger shrivel up and die. Soon I am left with the aftermath of what I have just said, of what I have just done and what it all means.
Bryson bursts out laughing. It’s too loud. It’s clear that he thinks this is a joke. And I know it would be safer for me to laugh it off, too. I’m a senior in my final year of high school. For these four grueling years, I’ve managed to keep it a secret that I am gay, and just like that, I’ve kicked the closet door open. As I listen to him laugh, I realize that I don’t want him to think this is a joke. My being gay isn’t a laughing matter. I want him to know that I am serious.
So I lean in close, our faces inches apart. His laugh tapers off.
“What are you doing?” He leans back, creating space between us, but I don’t let that stop me. My face may be on fire, but so are all my insides.
I close the distance once more.
“I’m not joking,” I say. “Date me, Bryson Keller!”
Date Me, Bryson Keller
By: Kevin van Whye
Publisher: Random House BYR
Release Date: May 19th, 2020
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The title and cover alone intrigued me but the excerpt really drove it home that I would love this book and it's a must read now.