Both of Ryan La Sala's books are absolute joys, but "Be Dazzled" takes the cake. The story flips between the past and present as Raffy and Luca grow from a young couple in love to hardly speaking. All of this takes place with the backdrop of cosplay and conventions which makes this book so unique. Raffy and Luca have a genuinely interesting story that had me swooning and hoping the best for them, while also breaking knowing their destined ending. This book shines like it's covered in turquoise sequins and will have you flying through it to see if there's anything left for this lovely pair.— From Emma P's Picks
Winter 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“I absolutely loved this book. Ryan La Sala is one of my favorite authors to follow on social media because he is hilarious, and I’m so happy to know that his humor translates amazingly into his books. I loved Raffy and Luca and their story so much. I don’t know much about the world of cosplay, but I loved learning about it through this book! I’ll definitely be recommending this to people!”
— Emily Knosher, Read It Again Books, Suwanee, GA
Project Runway goes to Comic Con in an epic queer love story from the author of Reverie about creativity, passion, and finding the courage to be your most authentic self.
Raffy has a passion for bedazzling. Not just bedazzling, but sewing, stitching, draping, pattern making--for creation. He's always chosen his art over everything--and everyone-- else and is determined to make his mark at this year's biggest cosplay competition. If he can wow there, it could lead to sponsorship, then art school, and finally earning real respect for his work. There's only one small problem... Raffy's ex-boyfriend, Luca, is his main competition.
Raffy tried to make it work with Luca. They almost made the perfect team last year after serendipitously meeting in the rhinestone aisle at the local craft store--or at least Raffy thought they did. But Luca's insecurities and Raffy's insistence on crafting perfection caused their relationship to crash and burn. Now, Raffy is after the perfect comeback, one that Luca can't ruin.
But when Raffy is forced to partner with Luca on his most ambitious build yet, he'll have to juggle unresolved feelings for the boy who broke his heart, and his own intense self-doubt, to get everything he's ever wanted: choosing his art, his way.
Praise for Reverie:
B&N's YA Book Club Pick * Walmart Buzz Pick * Indie Next Pick * Book of the Month Club YA Box
This outstanding debut novel will light readers' imaginations on fire...Imaginative, bold, and full of queer representation, this is a must-purchase for YA collections.--School Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW*
This fantasy offers readers something wonderfully new and engaging...a gem of a novel that is as affirming as it is entertaining.--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The story's many LGBTQ characters are prominently represented and powerfully nuanced.--Publishers Weekly
A darkly imagined, riveting fantasy... thrilling.--Shelf Awareness
Joyously, riotously queer... The themes of creating one's own reality and fighting against the rules imposed by the world you're born into will ring powerfully true for many young readers.--Kirkus Reviews