Jay's Guide to Crushing It

Ruby Clyde


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3 August 2023
ISBN: 9780702325076
304 pages

From the publisher

It isn’t easy working out who you like when you’re still working out who you are.Jay – sorry, Jennifer – and her family move to a new town for a fresh start, after bullying at her last school went too far. Jennifer’s mum insists that she do things differently, so gone are her jeans, T-shirts, skateboard and short hair. Jennifer want to keep her mum happy, so she follows Mum’s plan to start looking and acting like a girl. But it soon starts to wear on Jennifer, and she starts leading a double life, dressing in her brother’s clothes to sneak out to go skateboarding in the local park. That’s where Jennifer feels most like herself, where she can be Jay again. But then Jay gets tangled up in a crush with Alex, a closeted boy at the skate park who thinks Jay is a boy. But is her friend Mina flirting with Jay … as a girl? Can Jay keep their different worlds from colliding? A romantic comedy that shows readers that sometimes the basics can be quite complicated!

  • Hilarious and heartfelt, this novel is perfect for fans of HeartstopperFelix Ever AfterI Kissed Shara Wheeler and Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating.
  • Ruby Clyde is a rising talent, known for their comedy writing and acclaimed performances as half of the comedy duo Shelf

Praise for Jay’s Guide to Crushing ItThe word ‘heartwarming’ is overused when it comes to teen love but Clyde’s debut, about a teenager who is forced to dress more like a girl when they move to a new school, is genuinely that… This sweet and tender romance will offer hope to all teenagers who feel constrained by societal and parental expectations.” THE BOOKSELLER – ONE TO WATCH REVIEW