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"Kings of B’more is a luminous story of friendship, belonging, and joy. We should all be so lucky to live a day like the one Harrison and Linus share, at least once in our lives."
—Adib Khorram, award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Kings of B'More

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Two Black queer best friends face their last day together with an epic journey through Baltimore in this magnetic YA debut by bestselling author of Here for It R. Eric Thomas.

With junior year starting in the fall, Harrison feels like he’s on the precipice of, well, everything. Standardized testing, college, and the terrifying unknowns and looming pressures of adulthood after that—it’s like the future wants to eat him alive. Which is why Harrison is grateful that he and his best friend, Linus, will face these things together. But at the end of a shift at their summer job, Linus invites Harrison to their special spot overlooking the city to deliver devastating news: He’s moving out of state at the end of the week.

To keep from completely losing it—and partially inspired by a cheesy movie-night pick by his Dad—Harrison plans a send-off à la Ferris Bueller’s Day Off that's worthy of his favorite person. If they won’t be having all the life-expanding experiences they thought they would, Harrison will squeeze them all into their last day together. They end up on a mini road trip, their first Pride, and a rooftop dance party, all while keeping their respective parents, who track them on a family location app, off their trail. Harrison and Linus make a pact to do all the things—big and small—they’ve been too scared to do. But nothing feels scarier than saying goodbye to someone you love.

Estimated Ship Date: May 9th, 2022

Author

R. Eric Thomas

R. Eric Thomas is the bestselling author of Here for It, or How to Save Your Soul in America, a Read with Jenna book club pick featured on Today and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is the co-author of Reclaiming Her Time, a biography of Rep. Maxine Waters. He is also a television writer (AppleTV+’s Dickinson, FX’s Better Things), a playwright, and the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C. For four years, he was a senior staff writer at Elle.com where he wrote “Eric Reads the News.” Kings of B'more is his YA debut.

Book Details

Publisher Penguin Teen
Genre Young Adult
Publication Date May 31 2022
ISBN 9780593326183

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skhathaway
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May 24 2022 – 09:11 AM

Joyful

This YA book is a place of joy. It’s about love in its purest sense - friends, siblings, parents,...

alishaahuja
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Apr 25 2022 – 07:44 PM

Loved

The book was good and I enjoyed it but it was a little bit too slow paced for me. If you enjoy...

sburhan
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Apr 19 2022 – 04:36 PM

Great

With junior year starting in the fall, Harrison feels like he’s on the precipice of, well,...

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