Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for BOYS I KNOW! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Anna Gracia to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it!
Published on July 26, 2022 by Peachtree Teen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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June Chu is the “just good enough” girl. Good enough to line the shelves with a slew of third-place trophies and steal secret kisses from her AP Bio partner, Rhys. But not good enough to meet literally any of her Taiwanese mother’s unrelenting expectations or to get Rhys to commit to anything beyond a well-timed joke.
While June’s mother insists she follow in her (perfect) sister’s footsteps and get a (full-ride) violin scholarship to Northwestern (to study pre-med), June doesn’t see the point in trying too hard if she’s destined to fall short anyway. Instead, she focuses her efforts on making her relationship with Rhys “official.” But after her methodically-planned, tipsily-executed scheme explodes on the level of a nuclear disaster, she flings herself into a new relationship with a guy who’s not allergic to the word “girlfriend.”
But as the line between sex and love blurs, and pressure to map out her entire future threatens to burst, June will have to decide on whose terms she’s going to live her life—even if it means fraying her relationship with her mother beyond repair.
What would you do if you spent the day with June? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
Considering I’d probably have to spend the entire time listening to her complain about her boy problems, I’d definitely go eat and shop so I have some side entertainment. Ice cream for sure. And since she lives in the Midwest, I’d finally get the Dairy Queen I am so deprived of out here in San Francisco. =(
If June were to hang out with other fictional characters, who would they be and why?
June would definitely be besties with Sy and Reggie from The Loophole by Naz Kutub because between them, they are the perfect blend of sweet and sarcastic. Also, they have the means to travel around the world, which June would definitely be into.
If there was one fictional place you could travel to for a day, where would it be and why?
I want to go to wherever the dancing fairies in Fantasia live so I can see when they skate across the leaves and water and turn them to frost. I’ve always thought that was amazing.
If you buried a time capsule with three items inside, what three items would you choose and why?
I suppose I would try to pick three things that were indicative of the times and location, so right now that’s what? The written SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v. Wade, a Covid vaccine (not the virus itself! That’s how horror movies start!), and an air fryer because I cannot think of anything else that encapsulates American cooking as well as that.
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
I learned how to extract DNA from a strawberry! Originally I’d had a lot more Rhys + June in biology class, so I kept having to come up with experiments for them to do.
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from Boys I Know?
I’m really proud of the jokes and funny moments I have in the story, but the secretly mushy side of me loves the moment when Rhys and June hold hands in the dark. It’s a quiet kind of affirmation that speaks volumes to me, and made me fall in love with the character while keeping him firmly realistic.
What do you think about Boys I Know? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!