roots. Most of the kids at her new Michigan high school think she’s a witch anyway (because,
you know, goth). The only one who gives her the time of day is geeky Oscar, who wants to
recruit her fashion skills for his amateur cosplay group. But Jess is fine showing off her looks to
her Insta fans—until a woman claiming to be her biological mother barges into her DMs.
Jess was claimed by the state when her bio mom’s mental illness made her unstable. While
their relationship is far from traditional, blood ties are hard to break. There’s only one problem:
Jess can’t reunite with her mom in New York City without a bunch of paperwork and she worries
her social worker will never approve the trip. That’s when she remembers Oscar’s cosplay
group, which is aiming for that big convention in New York . . .
So, Jess joins Oscar’s team—with every intention of using them to get to her mom. But her plan
gets complicated when she discovers that, actually, cosplay is pretty great, and so is having
friends. And Oscar, who Jess thought was just a shy nerd, can be as gallant and charming as the
heroes he pretends to be. As the big convention draws near, Jess will have to decide whether or
not chasing a dream of “family” is worth risking the family she’s built for herself.