Top 5 Reasons to Read If This Gets Out

Hello book nerds! Today I am here to talk about one of my favorite reads this year (and one of my most anticipated books since last year), If This Gets Out! Why? Because there’s only a little over two weeks until its release and I cannot wait for this book to be out in the whole world.

If This Gets Out is a YA queer boyband romance by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich and it comes out December 7th, 2021. I had the chance to read an e-arc of this a few months ago (which I absolutely loved), and I also had the chance to be a part of the official street team!

I originally planned on writing a detailed review for this book, but I figured I can make things more fun this way. This book is just all kinds of incredible. And I know you might be thinking of a particular boyband and maybe even a particular ship when you hear “boyband romance”, but trust me, this book is so much more than that, too. Here are five reasons why you should read If This Gets Out!

It features discussions about sexuality

Coming to terms with your sexuality is a journey, and it’s usually not a walk in the park. Usually, it’s filled with a lot of doubts and insecurities and many more. If This Gets Out features a heartfelt journey of figuring out one’s sexuality. There were some discussions about harmful stereotypes as well, and what it means for a celebrity, a musician to be queer—what it means for the fans and for the industry/and the people who handle them. I love that the authors chose to write about these topics and they wrote it in the story really well.

It teaches us to stand up for ourselves

I absolutely love that this book teaches us to stand up for ourselves, no matter big or small the issue is. There’s one quote from the e-arc that really stuck to me, too:

“You can’t spend your whole life trying to keep everyone happy. You need to stand up for what you want.”

Zach, one of our main characters, spent most of his life going with what everyone wants or tells him to do. He never really stopped to consider his own desires and take what he really wants for himself. In this book we see him go through this dilemma and we see him try to overcome this very problem.

It shows how the industry can easily exploit artists (especially young, queer, marginalized artists)

Cover of If This Gets Out

The music industry is really something else. I remember seeing something from Beyoncé’s recent Harper’s Bazaar interview back in August; she said “It can be easy to lose yourself very quickly in this industry. It takes your spirit and light, then spits you out.” Without a doubt, this industry is cutthroat, it can be toxic, and it can also be full of manipulative people waiting to take advantage of others. This book showed us a glimpse of that. We see people in higher positions try to control Zach and Ruben regarding their relationship, we see people try to control them and take advantage of them as a whole band and as individual artists, all for profit. It’s scary and it’s heartbreaking, especially if you think about the recent headlines that have been making the news and media outlets. It happens in real life and it is something serious to consider.

For me, this also shows that these artists, these celebrities, they’re human, too. They’re not some machines devoid of emotions, they’re not some unfeeling people with thick skin that bounces off every hate comment, every microaggression, and more. I feel like that is something that people often forget.

It has found family trope

Who doesn’t love a good found family trope? It’s probably one of the most precious tropes there is! If This Gets Out gives us some of that! We see all members of the boyband Saturday—Angel, Jon, Zach, and Ruben—form a bond and care about each other as family. Beyond that, we also see their own families come together and help them through a really tough time. I love seeing that and it was a great touch that brought a lot of hope in the story.

Official character art of Saturday. Art by @mmarsloud

The queer romance. That’s it.

This book is queer! Do you really need more reason other than that? Okay, kidding aside, it truly is beautiful reading this book and seeing the romance bloom within the pages and the characters. You feel for the characters, you hurt for them and root for them at the same time. For me, it didn’t feel rushed and, yes, I expected boyband romance, I expected angst and pining, but everything still caught me off guard. Ruben and Zach are just so precious, and you can’t help but have a little hope for them especially towards the end of the book.

Also, as my good friend @melaniereadsbooks said, “It’s gay and it has one-bed trope. Two reasons. All you need.” I couldn’t agree more.

Bonus: The experience of being in a boyband fandom

I’m sure a lot of us can relate to the experience of being fans of boybands! From Backstreet Boys to NSYNC, to One Direction (guilty here), to 5 Seconds of Summer, and more, and even Korean boygroups (*wink*). It’s so fun getting to see the power of Saturday’s fans and how they were able to show their support for the band, especially when they needed it the most. There was one part in the book that reminded me of when BTS’ Life Goes On, a track sung mostly in Korean, hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was an incredible feat and history was made then. That happened because of the band’s talent and message, together with the fans’ desire to support their music and everything they stand for. To me, If This Gets Out showed us that—that fans can have the band’s back, and together they can create something beautiful.

(Also speaking of Life Goes On, it is BE’s anniversary today! A deeply personal album for BTS, and the album that gave people so much comfort this pandemic! Happy anniversary to you queen.)

And that’s it for me for today! So, so excited for this book. I’m telling you now you need to add it to your TBRs! Thank you so much for reading this far, and let me know if this book is on your radar already or you’ve already read an e-arc as well. Let me know what you think!

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3 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons to Read If This Gets Out

  1. I’m so excited for this book!! I was already sold from hearing about the premise and this list got me to another level of hype. I absolutely love found family so I can’t wait. Like, literally. I was trying to choose my next ARC to read because I’m so behind on so many, and this has convinced me to make ‘If This Gets Out’ my next read, so thanks! 😂💜 And happy anniversary BTS ‘BE’! I love that album so much.

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