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The Rules of Us (Hardcover)

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Come out. Break up. Stay friends? In this heartwarming queer love story about love of all kinds, exes navigate new crushes, new feelings, and a newly uncertain future after unexpectedly coming out to each other on prom night turns their lives—and their friendship—upside down. Can they figure out how to move on without losing each other?

Jillian and Henry are the kind of couple who do everything together. They take the same classes, have the same hobbies, and applied for the same super-competitive scholarship so they can go to the same dream college. They even come out as gay to each other on the same night, after junior prom, prompting a sudden breakup that threatens their intertwined identities and carefully designed future. Jillian knows the only way to keep everything on track is to approach their breakup with the same precision and planning as their scholarship application. They will still be “Jillian and Henry”—even if they’re broken up. 

Except they hadn’t planned on Henry meeting the boy of his dreams or Jillian obsessing over a cool girl at school. Jillian is desperate to hold on to her best friend when so much else is changing. But as she and Henry explore what—and who—they really want, it becomes harder to hold on to the careful definitions she has always lived her life by. Stuck somewhere between who she was with Henry and who she might be on her own, Jillian has to face what she can’t control and let go of the rules holding her back.

About the Author

Jennifer Nissley (she/her/hers) is also the author of The Mythic Koda Rose. Although her first love is writing, she is powerfully attracted to video games, horses, and pretty much any piece of clothing or interior design with an animal on it.

She received an MFA in fiction from Stony Brook Southampton and lives in Queens with her spouse and doggo, but sadly no horses.

Praise For…

"A heartfelt journey into a teen’s emotional and internal evolution." —Kirkus Reviews

"Intense and emotionally raw first-person POV...with earnest nuance, making for a tender portrait of a girl on the cusp of adulthood." —Publisher's Weekly

"Urgent and vulnerable. This is a sensitive and compelling story of love, queerness, friendship, and self-discovery.” —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593484890
ISBN-10: 0593484894
Publisher: Labyrinth Road
Publication Date: May 9th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English