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The Friend Scheme

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Seventeen-year-old Matt is the son of one of the most powerful criminals in the world - and everyone expects him to follow in his father's dark footsteps. But his father's world has never suited Matt. His desire for a different life grows when, one night, he meets a boy named Jason. Smart, chaotic, and as disinterested in a life of crime as Matt is, the pair quickly become friends. And when Jason comes out to him, Matt thinks they have a shot at becoming more than that, revealing a part of himself he has long repressed out of fear of his father.

As Matt and Jason's connection grows deeper, Matt grows suspicious of his new friend's motives. He really does seem like the perfect boy - maybe even too perfect, especially when he starts encouraging Matt to disclose details of his father's empire. Now Matt must figure out if he can trust his new friend, or his father's plans for him... and must decide if he can ever do the impossible and come clean about who he really is, and who he is meant to love.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 208 x 30.48mm | 300g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • n/a
  • 1250186994
  • 9781250186997
  • 12,971

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A Buzzfeed Brand New LGBTQ YA Books To Devour This Summer Selection

When the closeted son of a mob boss meets the boy of his dreams in Florida, he's forced to juggle familial loyalty with the growing suspicion that his crush is part of a rival crime organization. ... a sympathetic love story that captures his protagonists' insecurities and interests.--Publishers Weekly

Suspenseful and sexy, The Friend Scheme is a brilliant novel about not knowing if you should trust someone else, or even yourself, when you're in the closet. - L.C. Rosen, author of Camp

Praise for THE LOVE INTEREST:

A 2018 ALA Rainbow List Selection

Dietrich both flips and examines certain stereotypes in regards to gender and sexuality while also serving up some high stakes spy adventures.--Entertainment Weekly

This sci-fi young adult novel is the answer to all of our cliche love triangle woes. Caden, the kindhearted boy-next-door, and Dylan, a brooding bad boy complete with dark poetry and a leather jacket, are in competition for the genius Juliet's heart. The winner gets the girl, and gets to live out his life in peace. If you're looking for something funny, action-packed, and romantic this summer, then this is your next read.--PBS Newshour

There's a Hunger Games vibe here to be sure--a deadly teen-on-teen competition--and this is packed with similar questions of morality. High stakes, well-developed characters, and an LGBTQ slant on the classic spy story make it all the more intriguing. Stock up--this one has something for everyone.-- Booklist, starred review

In this subversive take on the quintessential YA love triangle, two guys--the clean-cut boy next door and the brooding bad boy--compete for a girl's affections. But nothing is as it seems: the guys are actually secret agents, trained to follow a script and fulfill specific romantic roles, and whoever doesn't win his target's love will be killed by his ruthless employer. ... Dietrich's debut is impressive, provocative, and a clever take on well-worn romantic tropes. ... while the thriller elements add tension and numerous surprises.--Publishers Weekly

Caden is a spy. He's spent most of his life so far in an underground facility being groomed physically and mentally to become a Love Interest for someone influential. Now he's finally been chosen. Caden's been pegged as a Nice, the nerdy-boy-next-door type with perfect abs and ocean blue eyes...fans of spy fiction and LGBTQ titles will find the novel worth reading.-- School Library Journal
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About Cale Dietrich

Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. His debut novel, The Love Interest, was named a 2018 Rainbow List Selection. He can be found on Twitter.
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97 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
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4 27% (26)
3 27% (26)
2 21% (20)
1 3% (3)
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