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Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet. On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?


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Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet. On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?

30 review for If This Gets Out

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy Newman

    UHMMM?!? THE SYNOPSIS TO THIS BOOK I- did she?! is this?! lar-

  2. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    Obviously I am not thinking about that obVioUSLy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    i can hear it now - the wild fangirling of every person who shipped each and every member of one direction. this book is totally for them. im pretty sure this story isnt inspired by 1D (no references that i could find), but it isnt hard to make comparisons. honestly, being in a boyband (or anything in the entertainment industry) sounds like a nightmare, so it was very easy to sympathise with all four of the MCs. i enjoyed how they each discovered themselves, particularly zach, and fought to been i can hear it now - the wild fangirling of every person who shipped each and every member of one direction. this book is totally for them. im pretty sure this story isnt inspired by 1D (no references that i could find), but it isnt hard to make comparisons. honestly, being in a boyband (or anything in the entertainment industry) sounds like a nightmare, so it was very easy to sympathise with all four of the MCs. i enjoyed how they each discovered themselves, particularly zach, and fought to been seen and heard. the character development in this is seriously off the charts. and each of the boys feel so real, so likeable, so relatable. im pretty sure everyone who picks up this book will become a stan of the boys in saturday. #zuban thank you for the ARC, st. martins press/wednesday books! ↠ 4.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    carolyn :)

    i'm not saying it's been ages different stages come so far from princess park but that's exactly what i'm saying i'm not saying it's been ages different stages come so far from princess park but that's exactly what i'm saying

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sahil Javed

    two boys, chilling in a boy band, five feet apart because they're not gay (but they are) two boys, chilling in a boy band, five feet apart because they're not gay (but they are)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    larr- I won't say it larr- I won't say it

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    A famous newly-found boy band. Four young members discovering stardom. Two teens taking the spotlight. With the rising love from their fans and an international European tour announced, these band members can be everything except their absolute true self. If This Gets Out is a young adult, queer contemporary romance between two members of a boy band. Ruben, Spanish-American obsessed with musical theatre, must fit the image of a boy next door; Zach, a devoted son to his single mother, must be a l A famous newly-found boy band. Four young members discovering stardom. Two teens taking the spotlight. With the rising love from their fans and an international European tour announced, these band members can be everything except their absolute true self. If This Gets Out is a young adult, queer contemporary romance between two members of a boy band. Ruben, Spanish-American obsessed with musical theatre, must fit the image of a boy next door; Zach, a devoted son to his single mother, must be a leather-clad rebellious bad boy; Angel, Vietnamese-American not shy of being the wildest one, must take up the role of a sweet virgin; and Jon, biracial (Black-white) son of the band's manager, must separate his father from his boss. What unfolds as part of every management's ambition to paint a picture of their band instead of capturing it with all honesty, is heart wrenching. Especially when a strangled mental health is so evidently the result of the industry's problematic chase for reputation, fame, and perfection. This is faithfully portrayed—being a celebrity in the music industry is not glamorous or fun. Keeping up a façade while being a small, always replaceable and rarely empathetically viewed, part of the humongous pop-culture factory is difficult and the story manages to consistently bring across that message. But the romance certainly takes a center stage. It unfolds with an undertone of finding a voice that aligns with their identity, and slides on tropes of best friends-to-lovers and a secret relationship. Zach's internal monologue as he breaks the heteronormative conviction he has held on to for years; from his adorable admiration for a man's looks to the analysis he runs on the little crushes he has had in the past on other men, he's finding himself again. Ruben has always known his queer side but that must be kept under the wraps for the band's image. What starts with Zach realizing his feelings for Ruben, his closest friend ever since the band was formed, aren't strictly platonic is both soft and exciting to witness. The complex characters showcase an incredibly sweet love story packed with formulaic but entertaining tropes that emotionally invest you. As the European tour begins, the tensions within the band builds and the members feel tired with their pretenses. Through alternating voices, written excellently and distinctively by the author duo, this contemporary delivers on the importance of a queer journey unraveling on one's own terms instead of being driven by industries or audiences, destigmatizing of mental health struggles, and dismantling the fear of 'if this gets out' in fan-driven narratives. —if you wish to support: blog | ko-fi | twitter 29.07.2020 A queer boy band romance. A queer boy band romance. A queer BOY BAND ROMANCE.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RA

    As a directioner, I have never wanted to read something this much. Obviously this book is purely fictional but it still reminds me of a certain ship lmao. can't wait!!! As a directioner, I have never wanted to read something this much. Obviously this book is purely fictional but it still reminds me of a certain ship lmao. can't wait!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the eARC! How do I even describe how it felt to read this book? When I first read the blurb of “If This Gets Out” I immediately wanted to read it, because it had all the tropes and topics I crave to read about in a book. A successful boy band that is playing the biggest venues, strong friendships, an LGBTQ+ representation, the best-friends-to-lovers trope with a forbidden love spin and a road-trip through Europe in form of the band’s tour. In short: Thi Thank you NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the eARC! How do I even describe how it felt to read this book? When I first read the blurb of “If This Gets Out” I immediately wanted to read it, because it had all the tropes and topics I crave to read about in a book. A successful boy band that is playing the biggest venues, strong friendships, an LGBTQ+ representation, the best-friends-to-lovers trope with a forbidden love spin and a road-trip through Europe in form of the band’s tour. In short: This sounded too good to be true and I desperately wanted to read it! Needless to say I was over the moon when I actually got an ARC! I was so ready to dive into this book, you have no idea! Of course I had very high expectations as well and I was a little worried the book wouldn’t be able to live up to them. Looking at it in retrospective, I shouldn’t have worried because this was perfect! I got everything I wanted and even more! I adored how the close friendship between the band members was portrayed. They laughed and joked, they quarrelled and had arguments, but they were always watching out for each other as well. They were like a family and I lived and breathed for their interactions. Another aspect that was brought into the book were the relationships of the band members with their parents and I was more than just happy to read about actual parents that care about their kids and only want the best for them. Of course not all parents are alike and there was a representation of a dysfunctional parent-child relationship as well. Truth be told, I was surprised about the sheer amount of serious topics that were addressed in “If This Gets Out”. Drug abuse, emotional abuse, power games, band/label dynamics, the pressure of being famous, band life, the dark side of the music industry and the branding of bands and their individual members that has nothing to do with the real person behind the scenes. And I didn’t even talk about Zach and Ruben’s relationship yet. Which was nothing but amazing! I loved to see how the feelings of the two MCs slowly started to change and how their friendship grew into something more. It was really well done and I found myself smiling so often that it started to hurt. I shipped those two so hard it was almost like they were an actual couple and not just two fictional characters. Also can we talk about their awesome communication?! Sure, they both had troubles to put their feelings into words and sometimes there was some miscommunication but when push came to shove they always tried their best to talk things out. I can only imagine how hard it must be to realize you have feelings for your best friend, let alone to deal with the pressure of being famous and the fear of somebody finding out. To come out should always be up to you, no matter if you’re famous or not. So I could relate to Ruben and Zach’s struggle. Their character arc was done so well, though, and I couldn’t help but cheer for them when they finally decided that they had enough and wanted to tackle their problems head-on. They were aware of the consequences but they knew they had to do it order to live the way they wanted to and to witness how they took control of their situation wasn’t just a sight to behold but it also had me at the edge of my seat crossing my fingers for all of them. All told “If This Gets Out” was an amazing book that didn’t only live up to my high expectations but even managed to exceed them! Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich succeeded to write a great story that addresses a lot of the issues people in the music industry have to face and they did it in a sensitive and respectful manner. The romance between Zach and Ruben was everything I ever wanted and even more and the Zuben ship is definitely one of my favourite ships now. ;-) So if you’re a fan of music, if you ever shipped members of a band, if you’re a part of a fandom, if you like books that tackle serious issues, if you love the found-family trope, if you like character driven stories and enjoy great character arcs. Well, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this immensely. ___________________________ I loved this SO MUCH, I can't even!!! This was exactly what I needed and I'm so happy for everyone who's going to read this! I know every reviewer thinks this is for all the Larry shippers out there, but if you're ARMY and love BTS: Well, this one is also for you!!! ;-P <333 Full RTC soon! For now I'll just enjoy the giddy happiness that comes after finishing a great book! ___________________________ I’m on BookTube now! =) So I only have 14 days left before this ARC runs out and you can bet I'm SOOO going to use them! I NEED to read this like i need the air to breathe and I already know this is going to be great!!! <333 I. AM. READY!!!! =) for all the cuteness and especially for THIS: _____________________________ OMG!!! OMG!!! Oh. My. Gosh!!! I can't believe this book is a thing! A band that's like a tight knit family and two of the band members become an actual m/m ship behind the scenes?!?!?!?! AHHHHH!! I NEED THIS!! I'm so ready for this book!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    Blessed. Super blessed. This is how it feels like to be blessed in 2021! The boyband Saturday reminds me of Shinee so much! Also, Ruben and Zach reminds me so much of MinKey (Minho and Kibum). Damn, I am so invested! Damn. I am fangirling K-pop so hard these days that this book is like the perfect 2021 gift for me! I thoroughly enjoy the writing. It's upbeat, it's mellow at times and it's quite engaging. The emotions and the feels! I am so happy I read this book! The characters are vivid and lively. Blessed. Super blessed. This is how it feels like to be blessed in 2021! The boyband Saturday reminds me of Shinee so much! Also, Ruben and Zach reminds me so much of MinKey (Minho and Kibum). Damn, I am so invested! Damn. I am fangirling K-pop so hard these days that this book is like the perfect 2021 gift for me! I thoroughly enjoy the writing. It's upbeat, it's mellow at times and it's quite engaging. The emotions and the feels! I am so happy I read this book! The characters are vivid and lively. They are distinct and they have their say. I love how the characters shine in their own unique ways. Regarding the plot, it's simple yet captivating. I mean like queer love captivating. The emotional rollercoaster ride. Be ready for it. I am warning you. I love the dynamics between the band members and how convincing the band management gets. And yes, the shipping is real (I don't know our ships are aware of this or just not allowed to talk about it but the shipping thing gets real the more we ship). And I really appreciate the alternating POV chapters from the two main characters. Bless you, author. This made my year. FYI, it's a SLOW BURN romance. Like you would be walking through an entire desert with a stupid smile on your face the entire time thinking about the drops of water thrown to you bits by bit here and there. So, my point is, it's so worth it! I ship them so bad. They are so cute and damn good together. I was like "please don't get over too soon" the entire time I was reading the book. And I cannot wait to get a physical copy! (Like, HELLO DECEMBER 2021, are you kidding me?) The story showcase well what goes behind the glamorous lives of the singer celebrities. Specially the strict rules and routine they have to follow. And the things they have to put up with everyday; how crazy fans and paparazzi keep haunting them; how they try to be normal and how hard they try to look presentable. And oh, Ruben, please do that thing on stage to see the reaction of Erin. Zach would love it. Why the prejudice though, Erin? This book is for someone who loves reading young adult in which the characters behave their age in a way that it's convincing, realistic and mature enough. This book is for those who believes in the beauty of young love. This book is for those who believes love is beyond and above all kinds of discriminations. But most of all, this one is for you if you love following your favourite bands and such. This is perfect for you. Things get so messed up somewhere (as it is bound to happen) but then, trust the author and her characters. I feel so blessed. The adult characters are amazing as well! One of the best young adult books (almost a new adult) of the year no doubt. And some adult characters are downright unbearable. So well written I say! I am in love with Ruben and Zach so much. I just cannot think of anything else at the moment. They are so my OTP.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erica (Reading Kitten)

    As a 1D fan I am thriving with this storyline lmaoo (obviously this story will be 100% fictional and not about real people)

  12. 5 out of 5

    ;3

    what in the one direction fanfic—

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    HL... that’s all I’ve got to say

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jade Melody

    no one can convince me that this isn't about what I think it is... no one can convince me that this isn't about what I think it is...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Millie

    I think I've seen this film before... I think I've seen this film before...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meike

    What in the larr-

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hilly ♡

    Oh my god, two members in a boy band falling in love THIS IS EVERYTHING

  18. 4 out of 5

    Calvin Books

    WOW WOW WOW. THIS HAD MY BUSSY THROBBING AT 2 AM IN THE MORNING. I think its safe to say that this is now my FAVORITE ROMANCE BOOK OF ALL TIME. I had so many BOOKGASMS while reading this novel I was practically squealing more than reading. Thank you Sophie and Cale for blessing me with this jaw droopingly sexy Lgbtq+ read. The struggles of coming out and coming to terms with your sexuality were so beautifully portrayed that I almost cried. I felt like was reliving my own experiences that I had a WOW WOW WOW. THIS HAD MY BUSSY THROBBING AT 2 AM IN THE MORNING. I think its safe to say that this is now my FAVORITE ROMANCE BOOK OF ALL TIME. I had so many BOOKGASMS while reading this novel I was practically squealing more than reading. Thank you Sophie and Cale for blessing me with this jaw droopingly sexy Lgbtq+ read. The struggles of coming out and coming to terms with your sexuality were so beautifully portrayed that I almost cried. I felt like was reliving my own experiences that I had a year ago. It's been almost year since an lgbtq+book has gone viral on BookTok. And I believe that this book will be the next big thing. I promise you all that I won't stop posting about this fucking book until it has hit the NYT bestsellers list.

  19. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars** 🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍 Ruben, Zach, Angel and Jon are all members of the American boy-band, Saturday. This fabulous foursome is currently riding sky-high on the wings of their world-wide popularity, but their lives are not as carefree as they first appear. The boys are fiercely controlled by their management company, pigeon-holing them into preordained personas that they are heavily pushed not to stray from. Particularly struggling with this is Ruben, who is gay. He has been asking manag **4.5-stars** 🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍💙🎶🎵🤍 Ruben, Zach, Angel and Jon are all members of the American boy-band, Saturday. This fabulous foursome is currently riding sky-high on the wings of their world-wide popularity, but their lives are not as carefree as they first appear. The boys are fiercely controlled by their management company, pigeon-holing them into preordained personas that they are heavily pushed not to stray from. Particularly struggling with this is Ruben, who is gay. He has been asking management to let him come out to their fans, but he is continually told that it isn't the right time. Ruben feels stifled, like he is unable to be his true self in any public way. This fact is beginning to weigh heavily on him. On a European tour, Ruben and Zach begin to grow closer as Ruben confides to Zach how he has been feeling. Zach, for his part, discovers he is feeling things for Ruben that he has never experienced before; at least not that he has admitted to himself. As their friendship evolves into romance, they decide that they want to be able to live openly, not just with their friends and family, but with everyone; particularly with their fans. It is clear this will never be acceptable to their management, however. What are they to do? They can't let down their best friends, Jon and Angel, sacrifices need to be made to be in a group, but how much is too much? I really enjoyed my time reading If This Gets Out. I became so attached to these characters. The boys were all well-fleshed out and lovable in their own unique ways. While this story is sticky sweet, it also explores a lot of challenging topics. I thought the authors beautifully blended the light-hearted aspects with the serious. It really is a well-rounded Contemporary. I love stories featuring music, or musicians, so I had a feeling this one would work for me, but I was truly impressed with how deeply I came to care for these guys. I will say, it did feel a little long to me, but in the end, that is a minor complaint compared to all the goodness I received within these pages. Thank you so much to the publisher, Wednesday Books and Macmillan Audio, for providing me with copies to read and review. I think this is a top-notch story and look forward to reading more from both of these authors. Also, if they could work together again, that would be so fantastic. Clearly, a great partnership!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shile

    Audiobook - 4 stars Story - Eeeeee 2.5 stars I guess this is a Larry fanfic. All I can say is that there is a lot of amazing Larry fics over at A03 and Youtube compilation that can make your heart melt. Yeah!! I know! I was once a shipper. 😭😭🙈🙈 Nothing really happens in this book. I was waiting for some magic but it never came. Zach and Ruben were just there. By the end of the book, I didn't really know them. They had no distinct personalities. At some point I couldn't tell who was who, the POVs we Audiobook - 4 stars Story - Eeeeee 2.5 stars I guess this is a Larry fanfic. All I can say is that there is a lot of amazing Larry fics over at A03 and Youtube compilation that can make your heart melt. Yeah!! I know! I was once a shipper. 😭😭🙈🙈 Nothing really happens in this book. I was waiting for some magic but it never came. Zach and Ruben were just there. By the end of the book, I didn't really know them. They had no distinct personalities. At some point I couldn't tell who was who, the POVs were so similar. All the drama llama and the Label stuff was exhausting. I stayed for Angel. 🤩🤩 He gets the best supporting character award. Overall, It was Meh! 😪😪

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    🎸 Full review posted! 🎸 Based on the synopsis, I expected If this Gets Out to be a boyband rom-com involving a secret relationship between members. What I never anticipated was for it to deliver such hard-hitting themes involving exploitation in the music industry. This was such a powerful story, and I have nothing but praise for it. ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ As a member of the wildly popular boyband Saturday, Ruben has gotten used to his management team controlling every aspect of h 🎸 Full review posted! 🎸 Based on the synopsis, I expected If this Gets Out to be a boyband rom-com involving a secret relationship between members. What I never anticipated was for it to deliver such hard-hitting themes involving exploitation in the music industry. This was such a powerful story, and I have nothing but praise for it. ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ As a member of the wildly popular boyband Saturday, Ruben has gotten used to his management team controlling every aspect of his life. During Saturday’s European tour, the constant pressure to perform leads Ruben and his fellow bandmate Zach to rely on each other more than ever, to the point where they find themselves involved in a behind the scenes romance. The two eventually agree that they want to be honest with their fans and come out publicly, but their relationship begins to falter when they find out management never intends to give them the green light. ~★~ If This Gets Out exceeded my every expectation; I adored Rhuben, Zach, Jon and Angel with my whole heart. Their friendship—which went through several ups and downs—felt incredibly real. Angel’s sense of humour in particular was definitely a bright spot for me, I couldn’t get enough of it. His playful banter with the rest of the group (especially upon finding out about Ruben and Zach’s relationship) was everything! The romance developed at an impeccable pace. Zach coming to terms with his sexuality paired with the details of Ruben’s past created the perfect amount of tension and buildup between them. Soon enough, though, I realized that this story is so much more than just a romance. Ruben and Zach are constantly navigating the confines of their company contracts, searching for the wiggle room that allows them to freely express themselves in public. Even moreso, the depiction of Angel’s mental health battle shook me to my core. Nothing ever felt rushed or out of place, and I found myself very pleased with the way the story wrapped up. I could continue to sing my praises about this book, but I’m too busy smiling about it to write anything more. If This Gets Out definitely delivers its promised heartwarming romance, but in the end leaves you with so much more to love. Endless thanks to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for sending me an arc!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)

    For boy band fans. Or haters. For fans secretly hoping for a love story between two bandmates. Or just fans of queer love stories. I loved Only Mostly Devastated. I didn’t know what to think of The Friend Scheme. Perfect on Paper was nice. And If This Gets Out? It’s so good! On the surface, the story feels like a light and fluffy read, following a boy band on their tour through Europe, where two band members fall in love with each other. It could be just an in-between. A sweet rom-com. A beach re For boy band fans. Or haters. For fans secretly hoping for a love story between two bandmates. Or just fans of queer love stories. I loved Only Mostly Devastated. I didn’t know what to think of The Friend Scheme. Perfect on Paper was nice. And If This Gets Out? It’s so good! On the surface, the story feels like a light and fluffy read, following a boy band on their tour through Europe, where two band members fall in love with each other. It could be just an in-between. A sweet rom-com. A beach read. A cheesy YA. But it’s not. There’s so much going on between the lines, and If This Gets Out tackles so many important topics. I never liked boy bands. The smooth, too perfect faces. The polished, clean music. The hysterical fans. Archetypes like the bad boy, the boy next door etc. Having to be mass-appealing. The entourage. Until one of the band members suddenly falls off their pedestal. Hard ... And that’s just what this story is about. Everything in the lives of Ruben, Zack, Jon and Angel is arranged. How they should look, what music they should sing, which moves they should make, what they should say. And coming out to the outside world is not an option. So, even though he’s out, Ruben is hiding that he’s gay. And when Zack starts doubting his sexuality, he’s got no one to talk to. And when the two of them end up together, nobody outside their bubble can know. This story is not only about two queer boys in a boy band. It’s also about the band itself, the pressure from their management and record company, even from some parents. Living in hotel rooms day after day, not having free time—like ever, being told what to wear—not their choice, being monitored—continuously, the tabloids making things up—or not. Pressure, pressure and more pressure. And let’s face it, they’re still just eighteen-year-olds. Cale Dietrich and Sophie Gonzales did a wonderful job showing us the world of boy bands and in general the exploit in the music industry. Is it weird that cracks start to form in nearly all boy bands, including Saturday? Eating disorders, feeling suffocated, drug and alcohol abuse, anger issues, extreme fatigue. It’s almost inevitable that one of them falls off their pedestal in the end, right? Like I said above, I loved the book and I really, really hope Cale Dietrich and Sophie Gonzales will collaborate in a second book. Because I think they bring out the best in each other! I received an ARC from Wednesday Books (St. Martin’s Press) and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Follow me on Instagram

  23. 4 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: gay Spanish American mc, bi mc with an eating disorder, biracial Black character, Vietnamese character tw: abusive parents, homophobia, drugs & alcohol use ARC provided by the publisher. If This Gets Out is one of those books that punches you right in the stomach, exactly where it hurts, but in the end it helps you get up. There’s so much hope in it, despite all the ugly real-life stuff the characters have to deal with. It’s a true roller-coaster of emotions, but it’s also very gentle. If T rep: gay Spanish American mc, bi mc with an eating disorder, biracial Black character, Vietnamese character tw: abusive parents, homophobia, drugs & alcohol use ARC provided by the publisher. If This Gets Out is one of those books that punches you right in the stomach, exactly where it hurts, but in the end it helps you get up. There’s so much hope in it, despite all the ugly real-life stuff the characters have to deal with. It’s a true roller-coaster of emotions, but it’s also very gentle. If This Gets Out is about two boys in a boysband who fall for each other, but really it’s about figuring out who you are when everyone around you wants you to be someone specific; about fighting for the things (and people) that matter to you (and sometimes that means fighting for yourself); about all the ways in which your friends’ support might actually save your life. Personally I also really appreciated the portrayal of a toxic, abusive mother, and how dealing with someone like that your whole life shapes you as a person; how it rattles your brain forever. The way that specific arc ended made something warm and beautiful bloom in my chest. A little gift of a book, making teens feel seen and, even more importantly, loved. Unconditionally.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Hutchinson

    500 stars. This book is fucking AMAZING!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arena♡

    i am deceased i cant wait when is this coming out _______________________ I GOT THE ARC BITCHES WOOHOOOOO _______________________ okay so before i start this review, two words: boyband romcom bought this book yet? bc you totally should. soooo it took me a long time even after getting an arc for this one to start it which was totally stupid of me considering how much i loved Only Mostly Devastated and what an amazing book this was. Ruben, Zach, Jon and Angel are members of a popular boyband, Satur i am deceased i cant wait when is this coming out _______________________ I GOT THE ARC BITCHES WOOHOOOOO _______________________ okay so before i start this review, two words: boyband romcom bought this book yet? bc you totally should. soooo it took me a long time even after getting an arc for this one to start it which was totally stupid of me considering how much i loved Only Mostly Devastated and what an amazing book this was. Ruben, Zach, Jon and Angel are members of a popular boyband, Saturday. Ruben's known he was gay for a long time but was always pressured to keep it a secret by the management team of Saturday. He always kept quiet, put on a fake smile and let the media talk about the girls he was dating but then, while touring through Europe, he starts feeling for his bandmate, Zach. Zach was more of the artsy type, he loved writing lyrics to his own songs and dance along to rock beats, but pressured by the management team, he was always pushed over and shown to the audience outside, as the broody one who loved pop. After a drunken encounter, Zach finds out revelations about himself that are new and exhilarating. He doesn't know where he's gonna go from after this, only that whatever lays forward, he wants to go there with Ruben. Zach and Ruben made such an adorable couple. their romance was full of sneaky touches, handholding under the blanket, sneaking off to the terrace and making out under the stars and so much more. also, their romance totally slow burn (like not mz slow burn but still) also, Anjon (Angel and Jon) are two people I NEED A BOOK ABOUT!!! they were such cuties with their constant bickering and Jon going all mother hen over him. they were both too going through so much pressure, all put upon them by, once again, the management team. i loved how a lot of real issues were also addressed in the book like coming out, the pressure being put upon them by the management team, always being told no for what they want, being monitored all the time, not even being able to wear what they want, and even how the boys turn to alcohol and drugs as an outlet. overall, If This Gets Out was a wonderful read full of things i loved. the reason i cut off a star is bc i needed more from that ending and maybe a thing or two in the middle. other than that, this was one perfect read and i cannot wait for more to come! arc generously provided by netgalley in exchange for a honest review

  26. 5 out of 5

    mydarlingreads

    THIS BOOK LITERALLY JUST SAID SECRET BOYBAND ROMANCES!!! THIS IS THE STUFF OF DREAMS AND FANFICTION!!! MY FANGIRL HEART IS BEATING SO QUICKLY!! I CAN’T WAIT!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    3.5 stars! Review to come. CW: homophobia, underage drinking, drug use, verbally abusive parents/authority figures

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexx

    Update: 8/16/2021: Finished this book at 3 AM in the morning and all I could think about is Ruben and Zach and Angel and Jon *cries* This book was just incredible. Yes, I expected boyband romance, yes, I expected angst and pining. But damn, it still caught me off guard. What Sophie and Cale has created here is a riveting story about the pressure towards young artists (esp queer, marginalized artists), young people being exploited and controlled by the industry, trying to figure out your sexuality Update: 8/16/2021: Finished this book at 3 AM in the morning and all I could think about is Ruben and Zach and Angel and Jon *cries* This book was just incredible. Yes, I expected boyband romance, yes, I expected angst and pining. But damn, it still caught me off guard. What Sophie and Cale has created here is a riveting story about the pressure towards young artists (esp queer, marginalized artists), young people being exploited and controlled by the industry, trying to figure out your sexuality, figuring out what you really want and standing by it, finding family among strangers and coming together, and about finding strength and hope. And of course, a story about love. This book has left a mark on me and I'll forever cherish this story about Ruben, Zach, Angel, and Jon. Kudos to the authors for this book! I cannot wait until it releases to the world! 💜 (E-arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This, of course, did not affect my overall opinion of the book.) Full review soon! Also, I am officially part of the If This Gets Out Street Team! Look out for exciting stuff on my platforms and the whole team! Where to find me: Instagram | Twitter | Blog ------------------------------------------------------------ Update 1.14.2020: WE HAVE A COVER. I REPEAT, WE HAVE A COVER. AND A TITLE CHANGE AS WELL. ------------------------------------------------------------ 7.29.2020: Boyband members who fall in love... I'm--OKAY I NEED IT NOW. Also, I know some of you will think about a certain boyband and a certain ship, but the authors have made it clear that this book is not based on real people nor is it specifically about real people. It's all fiction! Don't send threats or hate to any of the authors, jfc. Anyway, I'm just here because I want all the angst and the fluff that comes with this boyband fiction/trope. See you in 2021!

  29. 5 out of 5

    micah ➳ canonicallychaotic

    ➳ thank you to netgalley and wednesday books for a free e-arc of if this gets out in exchange for an honest review. if this gets out is the story of a band called saturday, made up of zach, ruben, jon, and angel, told through the zach and ruben’s pov’s. they’re best friends, making music, but they're at a breaking point after years of being forced into roles dictated by their management—including ruben being forced to stay closeted, and zach not being allowed to write the music he wants to. ev ➳ thank you to netgalley and wednesday books for a free e-arc of if this gets out in exchange for an honest review. if this gets out is the story of a band called saturday, made up of zach, ruben, jon, and angel, told through the zach and ruben’s pov’s. they’re best friends, making music, but they're at a breaking point after years of being forced into roles dictated by their management—including ruben being forced to stay closeted, and zach not being allowed to write the music he wants to. everything seems to change after one night when zach and ruben kiss. this book has a lot to it. there’s the love story that unfolds between zach and ruben. there’s zach trying to understand his identity—both in regards to who he’s attracted to and in regard to what kind of artist he wants to be. there’s a relationship that must stay secret and the ways that it affects the people in the relationship and also those around them. there’s the way that fame changes your life, and how it’s taken out of your control. how expectations and rules and limits are set. and how you lose your sense of self because who you’re forced to be isn't who you are. this book is somehow both plot AND character driven. this is a book you put down really knowing who the characters are. you feel frustrated for them, yet also frustrated with them. i loved zach and ruben. i share ruben’s penchant for only listening to one broadway cast album and nothing else. and i saw parts of myself in zach that i didn’t expect to see—the way he’s so selfless to the point where he doesn’t know what his own goals are. even jon and angel were characters i felt like i knew after the book ended. and i wanted to protect them all. i have now read every sophie gonzales book and i can very happily say that i’ll read anything she writes ever. i haven’t read anything by cale dietrich yet, but will def go back and read him because wow? their voices crafted one coherent story. but i was never confused about whose pov i was reading. and the story they’ve chosen to tell is both incredible and important. i never had a one direction or boy band phase (i opted for the diehard taylor swift fan route). but i love stories that unpack what it means to be famous and the price that comes with it. this book was everything i wanted to be and more. i'm so thankful to have been able to read one of my most anticipated releases of the year so early. I can't wait to hold this in my hands come december. until then, i'll hold myself back from rereading it. (also the whole thing was so cinematic i need a tv adaptation please. one season is fine or maybe even what happens after) content warnings: underage drinking, drug use, disordered eating, toxic parent, not explicit sexual content, car accident // april 19, 2021 - yes i marathoned this because i have no chill. yes i loved every moment of it. full review to come !!!!! december 14, 2021 reread - still fucking slaps!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    I'm so happy I got to read this book already, because I feel like I've already been anticipating it forever. And I loved it even more than I was expecting. It's clear in this book that it's written by two authors, but in a good way: the perspectives feel distinctly different and I never confused Ruben and Zach with each other - they had very clear voices. But at the same time the book and especially the writing and characterization felt so cohesive - the writing styles matched each other really w I'm so happy I got to read this book already, because I feel like I've already been anticipating it forever. And I loved it even more than I was expecting. It's clear in this book that it's written by two authors, but in a good way: the perspectives feel distinctly different and I never confused Ruben and Zach with each other - they had very clear voices. But at the same time the book and especially the writing and characterization felt so cohesive - the writing styles matched each other really well. I'm just living for Ruben and Zach's dynamic. I'm learning that two characters being soft together in a harsh environment is my kryptonite, and that's exactly what we got here. Plus, they grew so much together, and genuinely supported each other, and I loved to see that. That goes for the rest of the band as well - they have their issues with each other, but they genuinely love and support each other.

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