Daniel, Deconstructed

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A nerdy high schooler learns to embrace his main-character energy in this witty and heart-healing ode to movie tropes, meet-cutes, and LGBTQ+ love.

Photographer and film buff Daniel Sanchez learned a long time ago that the only way to get by in an allistic world is to mask his autism and follow the script. Which means he knows that boisterous, buff, and beautiful soccer superstars like his best friend, Mona Sinclair, shouldn’t be wasting time hanging out with introverts who prefer being behind the camera.

So when Daniel meets a new classmate, Gabe Mendes, who is tall, mysterious, nonbinary, and—somehow—as cool as Mona, Daniel knows exactly how this is going to play out. Mona and Gabe will meet cute, win their nominations for Homecoming Court, and ride off into the sunset together. Daniel just needs to do a little behind-the-scenes directing.

But matchmaking means stepping into the mystifying and illogical world of love, dating, and relationships, where nothing is as it seems and no one knows their lines. And when Daniel finds himself playing a starring role in this romance, he’ll question everything he thought he knew about himself and his place in the world.

James Ramos (they/he) is a nonbinary, unapologetically dorky Minnesota native who now calls Arizona home. Weaned on a steady diet of sci-fi, comic books, and classic literature, James wrote his first story at eight years old and hasn't stopped writing since. James is passionate about stories that give voice to marginalized people, especially those within the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. When they aren't writing, they can be found cosplaying or surrounded by their amazing family of cats.

For The Wrong Kind of Weird:

“Sweet, snarky, and delightfully dorky." —Elise Bryant, author of Happily Ever Afters

The Wrong Kind of Weird is the right kind of read for anyone looking for a huggable, nerdy rom-com packed full of heart... and anime." —Eric Smith, author of Don’t Read the Comments

“A hilariously relatable story about finding who you are and where you belong—and owning it.” —Whitney Grandison, author of A Love Hate Thing

“Ramos’ delightful novel oozes an energetic, all-encompassing love for geek culture… A charmingly nerdy and romantic coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Via an unapologetically geeky protagonist whose infectious enthusiasm for nerd culture leaps off the page, Ramos captures the sometimes all-consuming fear of trying to figure out who one truly is and the fear of letting go... A spirited read." —Publishers Weekly

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