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, Young Adult Contemporary

Reviews The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy

  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    Thank you, Macmillan, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.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 tho...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Eri
    4.5 out of 5 stars i just loved this book. Full review can be found on my blog: https://erisbookwonderland.wordpress....
  • 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...
  • 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
    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...
  • 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.
  • Brandi
    High school Brandi desperately needed this book. So glad it is here now!
  • Madi
    The book was nice, very attention grabbing as well. It was a little confusing as chapter to chapter switched from Zee to Art. But other than that i really thoroughly enjoyed the book.
  • Charlie Smith
    I WANNA GIVE THIS BOOK 4.75 STARS BECAUSE IT WAS SUPER CHEESY BUT OH MY GOD I LOVED IT SO HARD.So this book.I’ll be honest: I loved the story concept, but with the reviews that I’ve heard about the author’s other books…I was a little weary. But his writing style for this book totally works with the vibe and the characters of the book. You fall instantly in love with Zee and Art and you never want to leave their world. It tackles sexuality...
  • rachel erskine
    i received an ARC of this through netgalley!wanted to quit by 6% but pushed through and i’m so glad i did. really loved this from about 35% to 85% but the beginning and the end were not enjoyable, and they really bogged down a surprisingly great center.
  • Arlen
    The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. GottfredCourtesy of NetGalley.comPublication date May 8, 2018The premise of this book makes you want to like it -- non-judgmental self-discovery should be everyone's luck to have. However, in order to get there, these characters took us on a shallow roller coaster ride of stereotypes. I liked the main characters as people, but everyone else around them played to the message instead of the story. If I ...
  • Paul Randall Adams
    "Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. 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. What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they've been...
  • Jenni Frencham
    People think Zee is a lesbian. They also think Art is gay. But no one really knows either of them, and one day they meet in a diner and discover they are destined for each other. I really, truly wanted to like this one. The premise is great. I love challenging stereotypes, like the idea that because Art dresses nicely, is a vegetarian, and doesn't like sports, then he must be gay. But the writing style is just so difficult to follow in this book....
  • Nancy Mijangos
    I really enjoyed the novel until the ending. I felt it was unrealistic and caused me to lose interest.