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 Jake Hyde doesn't swim--not since his dad drowned. Luckily, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, in the middle of the desert. Yet he yearns for the ocean and is determined to go to college on the coast. But leaving home would mean parting from his best friend Maria, who wants to stay and protect the desert, and breaking from his mom, who encourages him to play it safe.

But there's nothing "safe" about Jake's future--not when he's attracted to Kenny Liu, swim team captain and rebel against conformity. And certainly not when Jake secretly applies to the University of Miami. And those aren't the biggest of Jake's secrets, which include the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water.

What power will Jake find when searching for the truth of his identity, and will he accept the consequences of coming out--in more ways than one--to his mom, Maria, and the world?

The voices that shaped LGBTQ+ young adult literature, Lambda Award-winning author Alex Sanchez and New York Times bestselling illustrator Julie Maroh (Blue is the Warmest Color), present a new coming-out romance set against the backdrop of the DC universe.

A DC Comics graphic novel available at: Amazon . . . Barnes & Noble . . . . . . Indiebound . . . Books-a-Million . . . Target . . . or at your favorite indie bookstore!

Check out this free sneak peek preview:


Scroll through more previews on the DC website and Edelweiss!


Read more at Shelf-Awareness, including my interview with Julie Maroh.

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