Boys I Know

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Boys I Know

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A modern Judy Blume meets Jenny Han.

"[A] complex coming-of-age story about identity and sexuality."—The New York Times

A high school senior navigates messy boys, messier relationships, and the struggle of never quite living up to her Taiwanese mother's expectations.

June Chu has always been the "just good enough" girl. Good enough to line the shelves with third-place trophies and steal secret kisses from her AP Bio partner, Rhys. But not good enough to meet her mother’s unrelenting expectations, or get Rhys to commit.

While June’s mother insists she follow in her (perfect) sister’s footsteps and get a (full-ride) violin scholarship, June doesn’t see the point in trying too hard if she’s destined to fall short anyway. Instead, she focuses her efforts on making her relationship with Rhys "official." But after her methodically planned, tipsily executed scheme explodes on the level of a nuclear disaster, she flings herself into a new relationship with a guy who’s not allergic to the word girlfriend.

As the line between sex and love blurs, and pressure to map out her entire future threatens to burst, June will have to decide on whose terms she’s going to live her life—even if it means fraying her relationship with her mother beyond repair.

Boys I Know is a raw and realistic look into the lives of teen girls, examining the complex overlap between teen sexuality and Asian American identity. A sharp and unflinchingly honest journey of self-discovery.

Anna Gracia grew up biracial in the Midwest, spending her formative years repeatedly answering the question, “what are you?” Before finding her way as a YA author, she was a CPA, a public school teacher, a tennis coach, and for one glorious summer, a waitress at a pie shop. She now lives on the West Coast, raising three kids and writing stories about girls navigating a world full of double standards. Visit her at 

  • Teen girls searching for stories that explore love and sexuality in complex ways 
  • Readers of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han who gravitate toward sharp wit and incredible heart 
  • BIPOC readers, particularly BIPOC readers who feel isolated in rural, predominantly white small towns 
  • Librarians and booksellers looking to diversify their collections with diaspora Asian voices and characters 
  • ISBN: 9781682635629

    ISBN-10: 9781682635629

    Publisher: Peachtree Teen

    Publication Date: 06/20/2023 - 12:00am

    On Sale: 06/20/2023 - 12:00am

    Pages: 352

    Language: English


    Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Dating & Sex

    Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / Asian American & Pacific Islander

    Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age