Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week my Can’t-Wait-For Book is How to Get Over the End of the World by Hal Schrieve!
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary or Urban Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: Gay trans MC, trans love interest
Published on: 3rd October 2023
Boldly weird, cool, and confident, this YA novel of LGBTQ+ teen artists, activists, and telepathic visionaries offers hope against climate and community destruction. From the National Book Award–longlisted author of Out of Salem.
James Goldman, self-described neurotic goth gay transsexual stoner, is a senior in high school, and fully over it. He mostly ignores his classes at Cow Pie High, instead focusing on fundraising for the near-bankrupt local LGBTQ+ youth support group, Compton House, and attending punk shows with his friend-crush Ian and best friend Opal. But when James falls in love with Orsino, a homeschooled trans boy with telepathic powers and visions of the future, he wonders if the scope of what he believes possible is too small. Orsino, meanwhile, hopes that in James he has finally found someone who will be able to share the apocalyptic visions he has had to keep to himself, and better understand the powers they hold.
How to Get Over the End of the World confirms Hal Schrieve as a unique and to-be-celebrated voice in LGBTQ+ YA fiction with this multi-voiced story about flawed people trying their hardest to make a better world, about the beauty and craziness of hope, about too-big dreams and reality checks, and about the ways in which human messiness—egos, jealousy, insecurity—and good faith can coexist. It also about preserving the ties within a chosen family—and maybe saving the world—through love, art, and acts of resistance.
I listed Out of Salem, Shrieve’s debut, as one of the best SFF books of the previous decade, so yes, I FREAKED when I heard Schrieve was writing a new book! And after years of anticipation, I stumbled across the page for How to Get Over the End of the World on the Big River site!!!
IT IS POSSIBLE THERE WERE SOME DELIGHTED-EMU NOISES. I AM ENTIRELY UNASHAMED.
And I mean, this sounds freaking epic??? Queer punks and apocalyptic visions and saving the world??? HI YES WHERE DO I PREORDER???
Just kidding – I preordered this weeks ago. BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY.
Now you do it too, so HtGOtEotW is a massive success and Schrieve keeps writing books and publishers keep publishing them AND WE ALL WIN FOREVER!