"Funny and LGBTQ+ affirming, Darts and Flowers is a story about teenagers who are desperate to be loved, validated, and part of a community." —Foreword Reviews
When Josh Bradshaw returns to his childhood home and the house down the street from his childhood best friend, it seems like it could be a new beginning. After all, he's older now, and although his feelings haven't changed, he now has words to describe what he felt. He's gay, and he's had a crush on Brian Esau since they were eleven.
Zack Standish couldn't be happier that his best friend is back home, and although he's not sure how to respond to the fact that Josh is gay, there is one very clear silver lining: Missy, the girl of his dreams, is dating his best friend's crush.
The plan is simple:
1. Break up Brian and Missy.
2. Confess their love to their respective crushes.
3. Live happily ever after.
It's a win-win for everyone... or maybe not.
When the plan spirals out of control, Zack and Josh must choose what matters most—their childhood friendship or the romance just within reach.
Debut young adult author Dean Backus spins a fun and crafty tale of friendship, identity, secrets, and love in this LGBTQ romantic comedy set in the 1990s at a private Seattle high school. Darts and Flowers is inspired by Shakespeare’s comedies and iconic teen films of the 90s.
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"This is a well-written, laugh out loud (even during the painful scenes) epic that takes the best of high school, Twelfth Night-inspired dramedy and infuses it with current social sensibilities, wrapping it all in a warm, hopeful hug." —Booklife [Read the Full Review]
"Funny and LGBTQ+ affirming, Darts and Flowers is a story about teenagers who are desperate to be loved, validated, and part of a community." —Foreword Reviews [Read the Full Review]
"The book has a big heart and should please fans of both high-school comedy films and YA fiction." — Kirkus Reviews [Read the Full Review]