The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred

The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy

Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. So many people think that Zee likes girls, even Zee is starting to wonder. Could they be onto something?Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously.But there's more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. When Art first meets Zee, he knows he's found someone special--some...

Details The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy

TitleThe Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Lgbt

Reviews The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy

  • Alice Cai
    3.5*This story is weird. Really weird. I kind of liked it, but I'm also weirded out. I do not recommend this to those people who complain about contemporaries not being realistic enough.The dialogue and internal monologue is pretty unrealistic. Overall the story is written in a strange style. Duo perspective from the 2 main characters Art and Zee. The story switches back and forth between them in a first person perspective in very short chapters ...
  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
    My written interview with the author can be found here.A man who reads effeminate may well be consistently heterosexual, and another one might be gay. We can't read sexuality off of gender. —Judith ButlerHave you ever been subjected to gender stereotypes? That's probably a rhetorical question. Hahaha. I myself have experienced being criticized for not conforming to traditional or hegemonic masculinity. Even though there are many kinds of mascul...
  • Avery (Book Deviant)
    i have two things to say;1) i'm disappointed2) i'm insulted on multiple points, mainly:- being a teen- being queer- being enby- being mentally illfull review to come. eventually.
  • Sylvie
    The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Girlby B.T. Gottfred3.35/5 Stars!This whole review contains spoilers.This book is definitely not you typical YA contemporary book, it deals with heavy issues: death, health issues, sexuality, putting labels on people and it’s kind of a "coming of age" form of a book, too. This was one of the messiest books I've read, but not in a bad way. The weird thing is that this was a very strange story yet I liked it.So, ...
  • Amanda
    There are a lot of stories in the YA LGBTQ+ genre. Almost all of them feature characters that have queer identities that fall clearly under some category in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy is for all the kids who don’t fit in any category. This is about the non-binary kids who defy labels in order to be their most authentic selves. The thing I love most about any book by B.T. Gottfred is the characters. This time we...
  • Teresa
    This book...I don't even know where to start?! Zee is in love with her best friend, but everyone is convinced that Zee is a lesbian. Her mother is dying, her father is absent and Zee is struggling about whether to tell her best friend, Cam, that she loves him. Art is gay...isn't he? He dresses the part, acts the part so he must be...When Art meets Zee it is love at first sight for him, he notices that Zee doesn't see herself the way he does and h...
  • Beccanox
    Here's what happens every time I get a B.T. Gottfred book from NetGalley: It starts out with a great hook, I get mildly conflicted, but I'm already in love so I stay awake for half the night and read the thing in two sittings. Then I finish and the conflicted feeling returns and eventually I forget all the details but remember the characters. Every time, my freewheeling, non-censuring self stops for a second and asks, "But is this book YA?" I thi...
  • Lauren
    Like L. Philip’s PERFECT TEN, this novel won’t be for everyone. Both Zee and Art are extremely quirky, honest, weird characters (thus their appeal) and the author introduces and explores them in a very philosophical, well developed manner. Above all, this book is about the varying degrees of attraction, gender, and sexuality. That we can’t always fully understand why we love and are attracted to certain people, just that we are. I loved Zee...
  • B.T. Gottfred
    Publishers Weekly Starred Review:"All their classmates think that Zee is a lesbian and Art is gay. However, Zee likes boys, and Art likes girls (at least, they are pretty sure). Soon after meeting, they fall for each other. In his third novel, Gottfred (Forever for a Year) creates characters and hilarious dialogue reminiscent of E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver books; as in his other titles, his sex scenes are detailed, wonderfully honest, and not a b...
  • Ms. Nguyen
    Told from the viewpoint of Zee, a "handsome girl" and Art, a "beautiful boy," Gottfred takes the reader on an interesting journey, as the two high schoolers attempt to figure out their sexualities amidst a backdrop of disappearing and dying parents. Sounds bleak, right? Actually, no. Somehow, this book is a paradox in itself. It's lighthearted and difficult. It's funny and heartbreaking. It's silly and serious. I loved Art's voice; he is the kind...
  • Diana Laura (The Bookish Sisters)
    ↠FULL BLOG POST HERE↞4.5 / 5 starsI love this book and its characters so much, I don’t know what to do with myself now that I finished reading it. My brain and heart are still living inside this book and I honestly thing a little piece of me will stay inside of it until the end of times. WHY did it have to end? WHY did it have to end the way it did? HOW could you (I’m talking to you, B.T. Gottfred) do this to me?! WHY am I so frustrated a...
  • Adna
    The only way I think I can describe this book is a train wreck. I think the only part I liked about it was the unique sexualities and fluidity shown. That part was awesome – just not the characters’ personalities. Also, I just want to read ONE book where there is a Muslim character that doesn’t get accused of being a terrorist. The beginning of this book was super hard to follow because there are super short chapters with really wild, quirk...
  • Mel
    This is a very interesting novel to read. If someone decides to pick it up, understand that the way this is written, it's almost as if you're reading the author's mind as they are writing this. It's a wonderful book, and I recommend it highly.
  • Vivian
    Once again Mr. Gottfred has knocked it out of the park. A sweet story about two teens who are not what they appear. It breaks down walls within the LGTBQ+ community and puts a new spin on a simple love story. Zee and Art are such strong characters within their own right. They carry the story along swimmingly into a sweet finish that left me teary eyed. This book does has adult content so I wouldn't be handing it off to a 13 year old but I did enj...
  • Rebeca
    (First of all, thank you to B.T. Gottfred and Henry Holt and Company, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!)I gave this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.So let's start with the positives:When I first found this book on Goodreads and read the synopsis I was mind blown because it was so similar to storylines and kinds of characters I'd been wanting to see in somet...
  • Katie Millington (Gordon)
    My Thoughts:OK, I devoured this book in one sitting. It is told in rotating chapters of Zee and Art's perspective, which I found to be fun, it also made some of the "chapters" one sentence to a couple pages. This worked for the story though, since it let you get a understanding of what each character was thinking during the same situation. It is also broken up in different parts of their adventure of figuring out what is going on, or the differen...
  • Eri
    4.5 out of 5 stars i just loved this book. Full review can be found on my blog: https://erisbookwonderland.wordpress....
  • Susie
    wow okay i kinda needed this book lol thanks
  • Coty
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It challenges the ideas of labels and is a fresh reminder that not everyone likes to be labeled.
  • Nikki Maurer
    It took me over a week after finishing The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy to write this review, not because I didn’t love the book. Instead, it was because I was so immensely overwhelmed by the novel that I needed time to process my thoughts to be able to put them into words. However, I am going to keep the review short because each reader needs to approach the story of Zee and Art with fresh eyes and an open mind. Here is what I will say:Th...
  • Lindsay
    There are some really brilliant and important things about this book. It explores gender identity through a relationship, and it does that very well. It also manages to handle the topic in a light-hearted way, which I personally appreciated. Overall, I think it's a necessary book, and I would recommend it to teens and adults interested in how gender identity affects sexuality and romantic relationships (I say this as someone who is married to a t...
  • Heather Brown
    Art knows that he and Zee are meant to be together as soon as he sees her, but Zee just sees him as an interesting kid. The rest of the world sees them both as strange. I love this book - it kept me up all night reading, though I did have to stop and throw it across the room a few times, and stop to grab some tissues, and stop to shake my fist at Life! I think anyone can see themselves in this book, even if they aren't LGBTQ, and it has a great m...
  • Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews
    I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is for everyone that has felt they don’t fit into socially constructed genders and has been completely confused by their desiresThis is a beautiful story of teenagers coming to understand that gender, sexuality, and attraction are on a spectrum, and not so binary as we’ve been taught to believe.B.T. Gottfred always writes such realistic story lines, and this one blew my mind. He beautifully represented the confusion of ex...
  • Amanda
    first of all the dates are wrong bc I forgot to save when I read this. this book dragged on for so long it was a fight to finish it. it started good but then the conflict was terrible. it was small and repeating and seemed uneccessary. there's no ultimate conclusion really it's just like we're comfortable being confused. and I'm like...okay but I wanted something. some kind of resolution. three stars almost dnf
  • Tsunami Z
    After reading the summary I just had to read this book. I enjoyed it very much. The dialogue kinda threw me off in the beginning with Art but after a couple of chapters I just got used to his extra-ness, it became adorable at times. I am not one to write well worded reviews unfortunately but this is a good read, fun and serious at times. The ending to me is a bit unrealistic and a little confusing, yet it works, two thumbs up.
  • Caitlyne Fletcher
    4.5* I really liked this book. Some people are saying it’s not realistic enough, but I liked it. I don’t care if books are realistic. It was a cute and fast read to me. I liked the characters, and I was satisfied with the ending.
  • Caitlin Bauer
    I thoroughly enjoyed THE HANDSOME GIRL & HER BEAUTIFUL BOY. True to form: this story is hilarious & moving. This author is not one to shy away from difficult subject matter and I believe he handles it with humor and sensitivity.