by George Lester
YA Contemporary, LGBTQ
Life’s a drag until you try . . .
Robin Cooper’s life is falling apart.
While his friends prepare to head off to university, Robin is looking at a pile of rejection letters from drama schools up and down the country, and facing a future without the people he loves the most. Everything seems like it’s ending, and Robin is scrabbling to find his feet.
Unsure about what to do next and whether he has the talent to follow his dreams, he and his best friends go and drown their sorrows at a local drag show, where Robin realises there might be a different, more sequinned path for him . . .
With a mother who won’t stop talking, a boyfriend who won’t acknowledge him and a best friend who is dying to cover him in glitter make up, there’s only one thing for Robin to do: bring it to the runway.
Boy Queen by George Lester is a sparkling debut full of big hair, big heels and even bigger hearts.
Oh my God, it’s sort of criminal the way it took me so long to get around to this book! And I’m so mad at myself for waiting so long too – because from the gorgeous cover alone, I should’ve known that I would be willing to lay my life down for this book.
Boy Queen is the hilarious story of Robin Cooper who, after getting rejected from all his dream colleges, discovers the art of drag and the impact that it can have on his life. With fears of having to watch his own friends go off on their own university experiences and hiding a secret boyfriend, things are threatening to spill over for Robin, but once he discovers the magic of drag, his life takes a turn for the better, involving some fabulous lip-synching, wigs and stiletto heels.
It had such great characters, oh my days! From Robin to Natalie to Greg and even Kaye Bye, this was such a warm and hilarious cast of characters. I definitely found these to be the book’s strength and the dynamics between them were literally a joy to read. As with all good books, there were some ups and downs for our protagonist and I really enjoyed being a part of his journey from start to finish. I found myself really connecting to Robin and his humour and personality really resonated well with me.
For any fans of Drag Race or just drag in general, this is definitely the book for you. Lester also does a great job of showing you more than just the surface level drag you see on a show like RuPaul’s – because quite frankly there is so much more out there, and it’s better than you can even imagine. This was written so well and so beautifully and I found myself rooting for Robin the whole way through. I cannot wait to see what Lester does next!